Why I’m Anti-Big-Government, and Why Taxes Should Be Made Illegal - by José Canseco
Let me tell you something: I hate politics. In fact, I’m very anti-politics. I don’t even vote because I think the current US government is involved in the worst form of corruption and legal extortion imaginable.
Fifty years ago people elected presidents based on who had the most knowledge of how to make America better. The difference is that while I truly believe today’s politicians are going in with the same sort of knowledge, they also exploit it so they can be multi-millionaires or billionaires by the time they leave office. I think their main goal is to try to better themselves financially. They do this by ignoring the agenda they were elected on, and by getting major corporations to bankroll them with millions upon hundreds of millions of dollars to get certain issues passed or squelched. It’s ugly. Really ugly.
On the whole, over at least the past 12 years our economy or deficit really hasn’t gotten any better than it was before. Candidates come in with the idea of ‘’I’m going to fix it. I’m going to do this and that.” What we need is a president who is going to come in and say, “You know what? Most taxes are illegal now. Let’s stop paying taxes for two or three years. Let’s see what the economy does. And let’s see if people fill in the gaps and spend money on what they need.” Let me tell you something: As strange as it sounds, the more taxes the government puts out there, our deficit still isn’t going down. I know this, 100 percent.
It’s crazy. Depending on what you make, half or more of your income is taken away by state and federal taxes. For what? Just in case we have to engage in chemical warfare? To strengthen our military? Bullshit.
Why should you be forced to pay taxes on necessities? You’re actually helping the economy when you’re buying something. Isn’t that enough? Things like food, medicine, housing, and clothing should not be taxed. There should be selective taxing on things like alcohol or really extravagant purchases. Otherwise, leave me alone with your goddamn taxes.
The main problem is that the government has gotten way to big. If we keep going at this rate, things will soon be beyond ridiculous. The government will be 50 percent of our population. Some people have asked me if I’m a libertarian, but I would not classify myself this way. They are anti-government. I am not completely anti-government; I’m anti-big-government.
“I time travel all the time and have been for the last 20 years; it’s real simple. But there are rules: You can’t travel to the future, and you can’t change history—but that’s a good thing because you wouldn’t want to wake up in a different future or past, as the case may be.”
—José Canseco wants to talk to you about time travel.
José Can Say So - I’m Broke and It’s the Government’s Fault
You might’ve heard that last week I filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy. The government has drained my bank accounts, and the way they hit you with penalties and interest makes it almost impossible to pay anything back. And it’s my duty to warn you: It can happen to anyone.
Things spiraled out of control for me due to a combination of being hit with judgments and liens and taxes and my income being cut short because my wages were garnished. When you owe the government—whether it be state or federal—they are relentless when it comes to getting their money back. They institute incredible penalties and interest that almost makes it seem like they want to enslave you.
Recovering from something like that is very difficult. It’s like swimming in the ocean. Once you get out past 100 yards, it looks like 200 yards and the farther you swim the harder it is to get back to shore; you’re just swimming around forever and you can never reach the other side. The vastness just keeps expanding and expanding and expanding, by which I mean penalties and interest. Obviously, I’ve got issues from the past, but it just becomes so overwhelming that you’re not even swimming anymore. You’re just underwater, sipping air—sipping life even—through a little straw that’s sticking through the surface. It’s the most frustrating, unnatural thing I’ve ever had to go through—constantly being suffocated, choked out, and wondering if I could survive until the next day to make more payments on whatever I could.
For the last five or six or seven years I’ve just been trying to, well… live. I’ve been evicted from homes, lived in friends’ converted garages, and bounced from house to house. Putting money into my account became a terrifying activity because there was a good chance the government would immediately confiscate it. Things got to the point where even my daughter Josie—her last name is Canseco—was drained one time. I think she said that they returned it, but anything relating to the Canseco last name became a nightmare. Let me tell you from first-hand experience, the IRS are a bunch of thirsty piranhas. They bled me dry.
José Can Say So - Control the People, Not the Guns
by José Canseco
I truly believe, aggressively, that we have the right to bear arms. We should be able to carry guns to protect ourselves. Period.
The funny thing is I don’t own any guns, but I would love to have a few—an Uzi and a street sweeper and a machine gun, maybe. I’d love to be able to carry a 9mm on me in a holster and just walk around. That’d be great. But you can’t in California, the state in which I live. And that’s bogus.
The problem with trying to restrict psychopaths’ access to guns is: How do you know what a person qualified to own a firearm intends to do with it? Obviously, something was wrong with the guy who shot all of those innocent people in that movie theater in Aurora. I’m sure it was some psychological issue or depression or drugs—we really won’t know unless they do some blood work on him.
He was a biologist or a chemist or something; he had no priors, no felonies, nothing. Sure, the screening process could be tightened up more, but from what I understand his record was squeaky clean. If you can’t sell a gun to him, then who can you sell a gun to? Who’s going to qualify?
It appeared as though he was convinced that he was doing some kind of military black ops or something: the way he was dressed, the way he went about it, the way he used the whole environment, bought a ticket, went out, came back in the exit… Everything was planned out. The only thing he didn’t plan was his escape. I think he wanted to die. That’s why I truly believe that if the people inside the theater were armed, they could have taken this guy down. There’s no doubt in my mind, that if one person had a gun they could have stopped him.
You should have the right to protect yourself and bear arms, no questions or ridiculous restrictions. Everyone should be able to carry a gun and show it in public: “Listen, you mess with me, you’re going to get shot.”