VIGILANCE TAX by
Cliff McKenzie, Editor
ZERO PLUS 1312 DAY--New York, NY, Saturday, April
was tax day. More than 100 million Americans shoved envelopes
into the mail to pay their fair share of government support
at the federal, state and local levels.
But what did they get
for their money?
That's the question many
pose each year as tax deadline approaches.
ask "What am I getting for my money?"
"What am I getting
for my money?"
Unfortunately, most Americans
rely on "government" to perform a vast array of services
from fire and police, to funding combat troops ready to fight
at the drop of a hat both here on American soil as well as anywhere
in the world "democracy" is threatened.
Today, more than ever,
the question looms as to the value of funding "democracy"
on a global scope.
At what point is there
is a diminishing return on the tax dollar investment in far-off
lands where the price of democracy isn't just measured in cold
dollars but in gallons of blood spilled by Americans who fight
to install or preserve it?
That's a tough question.
From a pure "Vigilance"
point-of-view, the breeding of Terrorism anywhere on earth is
a future threat to the personal security of all Americans even
if that threat seems so far distant that the investment in protecting
future generations seems secondary to present pressing needs.
But at what point do
we as a nation decide to stop pouring dollars into the fences
that barrier the "bad guy" from the neighborhoods
of almost any town in the U.S.A.?
Terrorism, as everyone
is aware, is the indiscriminate attack upon the innocent. The
Beast of Terrorism thrives on Fear, Intimidation and Complacency,
the last of which is the most insidious of all the Triads of
It is easy to become
"economically Complacent" when there is a need today
for our economy to invest in productive growth and endless services
such as the education, feeding and health concerns of current
and future generations.
breeding of Terrorism anywhere on earth is a future threat
to the personal security of all Americans
It is easy to slough
off the need to battle tyranny and oppression in some antidivulian
culture as a low priority when the decay of our educational
systems barks rabidly at us, and many of our youth never finish
school and continue to be swept into a vortex of disenfranchisement
by not having the skills to maximize their productive contributions
to the rest of society.
There must be balance
in our budgeting.
At some point, a formula
for investing in long-range protection of present and future
generations needs to be constitutionalized.
At the VigilanceVoice.com,
we propose a rather simple answer.
Fifty-one percent of
all our efforts must be placed on the protection and promotion
of current generations. Forty-nine percent on protecting their
Within these two divisions
a vast array of graduated expenditures can be made. But, in
keeping with the formula, one can never afford to lessen the
impact of future threats by more than One Plus Percent.
In other words, when
putting on the table the need for America to "democratize"
the world, that effort is worthy of 49 percent of our national
effort in some measure or degree. The priority for protecting
the future is only One Percent Less than the priority for protecting
Ultimately, such a formula
disallows critics to discount the importance of Vigilance for
long. It doesn't take much to exceed the One Percent Priority
Factor and to suddenly heap upon the present all the expenditures
available to meet current needs.
When societies start
this process, they rob the future.
Eventually, the children
of tomorrow enter a barren land where all the resources have
been sucked up by past generations.
Farmer must take care of his crops of today as well as
the seeding of those of the future
In agricultural terms,
"crop rotation" is a good example. A farmer knows
if he or she keeps planting and harvesting the same soil, eventually
the earth will no long have an nutrients to feed the seeds,
and the land will become barren.
Therefore, crops are
rotated so that a field can regenerate its nutrients--take a
break, so to speak--and then be ready for planting at some future
time when it is thick with resources.
Such a farmer is "Vigilant."
He or she is aware that one must care for the future by protecting
its resources today, and, that balance is critical to the formula.
So, when we pay our taxes,
our vision as to where those tax dollars should be spent needs
to be divided into two arenas--today and tomorrow.
Part of tomorrow and
part of today is the protection of our most important crop--our
And, the thing we protect
them from the most is Terrorism.
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