Wednesday, August 5, 2015
The Screaming Tax Horde
While some Doomer porn "survivalist" would write about ravaging hordes of looters or millions of rioting EBT recipients going crazy when their cards stop working. I have long said the real danger facing us prepper and sustainer types is going to be the bloated government and the millions of government welfare employees screaming for "What they were promised". We are going to have to survive these types just to make it to a true physical survival situation.
If I was in the market for a nice parcel of land that contained all the natural resources needed to build a sustainable life after a financial collapse, one important point on the list of requirements would be just how much pension debt and property taxes that location carried with it. Make no mistake the largest threat to your continued survival right now is just how much the government is going to put the screws to ya before the final collapse hits. If you think your local, state and federal government welfare recipients are going to just take a pension cut for the team you are totally wrong as has been shown many times already.
Special Report: Multitude of Local Authorities Soak Illinois Homeowners in Taxes
In many Illinois cities and towns, high taxation still isn’t enough to keep up with increasing outlays, especially soaring pension costs, and some services have been cut. For example, in the state capital Springfield, pension costs for police and fire alone will this year consume nearly 90 percent of property tax revenues, according to the city's budget director, Bill McCarty. Since 2008, Springfield has cut 11 percent of its police force, closed three libraries, and tapped into other funds to pay pensions, McCarty added.
This is an ongoing problem that is just going to continue to get worse until the entire house of cards finally comes crashing down. You might think a loss of electricity, good roads, police and fire departments, emergency medical services etc. as a scary proposition but look at the quote above and realize we will be suffering under those losses WHILE paying taxes. Paying and paying and yet seeing nothing out of it.
To me that is a much scarier proposition.
It may not be glamorous like writing about how many rifles you have to hold back the looting horde or taking snap shots of all the food you have stockpiled that will reach it's good by date long before it is needed, but for this phase of survival avoiding as much government tax as possible it the key.
I think I mentioned not too long ago that even my rural county is seeing some local government tax manipulation going on. Recently my county has started taxing moveable storage units at a rate almost equal to permanent structures. What's next?
If you have a gate you can lock so the assessor can't just drive onto your property and look around I would jump on that. There is no telling what new taxes will be sprung on a property owner as the economy continues to shrink. Avoid large dollar purchases and try and buy as much as possible second hand if you can. Keep as much of your equipment and livestock hidden as you possibly can too.
A few starving looters ain't got nothing on the Tax Man let me tell you.
Keep Prepping Everyone!!!!!!!!