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    Sunday, August 20, 2006

    The Kleptocracy is at it again

    Done nothing wrong? Got lots of cash? Better hope you don't run into a cop, 'cuz he's allowed to steal it from you. The 8th Circuit Court of Appeals says so:

    A federal appeals court ruled yesterday that if a motorist is carrying large sums of money, it is automatically subject to confiscation. In the case entitled, "United States of America v. $124,700 in U.S. Currency," the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit took that amount of cash away from Emiliano Gomez Gonzolez, a man with a "lack of significant criminal history" neither accused nor convicted of any crime.

    To recap: you're already losing a third to a half of your income to taxes, which are extracted from you under the threat of force. But if you happen to have a little too much after that, they can just keep taking it from you, apparently until you don't have "too much" anymore.

    I'm curious, for you supporters of the "social contract" delusion: what kind of contract allows one party to steal from the other, makes that same party the ultimate arbiter of all disputes, and allows that same party to unilaterally change the deal at will, such that it can demand more and more of the other party, without notice?

    Posted by Tom, 8/20/2006 6:38:17 PM (Permalink). 2 Comments. Leave a comment...

    hmmm, i better get that mattress full of money out of my car before i go and break the law again...

    -- rad

    Gotta say that I've got a lot of new freinds who trust their safes more than their banks, so I know lots of people with good reasons to carry cash instead of bank cards. Unless something more than suspicion is offered as an excuse I can't say I agree with the ruling at all.