December 12, 2004

The other side of the argument….

Follow-up to Conscientious Objection to War through taxes from Cutcher's Blog

Just wanted to thank the people that commented on this piece. I appreciate that it is a controversial idea that raises it's own problems. By giving tax payers the right to determine how areas of their taxes are spent you do 'open up a whole new can of worms'. I admit that this could lead to people opting for the way their money is spent and this could damage the running of our government. Obviously, we ultimately do democratically elect our governments and they are then responsible for the whole pot of money,to be used for the common good. If we don't like the way it is spent then we can protest, lobby and apply democratic pressure. I admit that when some people opt for a peace tax, others may opt for more nuclear weapons and it is possible that the situation could get worse. I understand this is a very valid argument. Nonetheless I do feel uneasy about my taxes funding military programmes that I morally disagree with, and so, I feel this issue is worth noting. Like much in life, it is a hazy and uncomfortable area. The time to throw ideas about is at university, so lets do it! I'm certainly more unsure and undecided on the issue than I was originally.

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  1. J

    [Intro: from the film "Scarface"]
    Host: I've heard whispers about the financial support
    your government receives from the drug industry.

    Guest: Well, the irony of this, of course, is that
    this money, which is in the billions, is coming from
    your country. You see, you are the major purchaser of
    our national product, which is of course cocaine.

    Host: On one hand, you're saying the United States
    government is spending millions of dollars to
    eliminate the flow of drugs onto our streets. At the
    same time, we are doing business with the very same
    goverment that is flooding our streets with cocaine.

    Guest: Mmm-hmm, si, si. Let me show you a few other
    characters that are involved in this tragic comedy.

    14 Dec 2004, 15:25

  2. J

    I'm on the border of Bolivia, working for pennies
    Treated like a slave, the coke fields have to be ready
    The spirit of my people is starving, broken and sweaty
    Dreaming about revolution (REVOLUTION!) looking at my machete
    But the workload is too heavy to rise up in arms
    And if I ran away, I know they'd probably murder my moms
    So I pray to "Heso Preisto" when I go to the mission
    Process the cocaine, paced and play my position

    [Cocaine Field Boss]
    Ok, listen while I'm out there, just give me my product
    Before we chop off ya hands for worker's misconduct
    I got the power to shoot a copper, and not get charged
    And it would be sad to see your family in front of a firing squad
    So to feed your kids, I need these bricks
    40 tons in total, let me test it, indeed I (sniff)
    Shit, this is good, pass me a tissue
    And don't worry about them, I paid off the officials

    [Peruvian Leader]
    Yo, it don't come as a challenge, I'm the son of some of the foulest
    Elected by my people…the only one on the ballot
    Born and bred to consult with feds, I laugh at fate
    And assassinate my predecessor to have his place
    In a third-world fashion state, lock the nation
    With 90% of the wealth in 10% of the population
    The Central Intelligence Agency takes weight faithfully
    The finest type of China white and cocaine you'll see

    [American Drug Distributor]
    Honey I'm home, nevermind why our bank account's suddenly grown
    It's funny, we're so out of this debt from this money we owe
    Woulda ya…mind if I told you I had two governments overthrown
    To keep our son enrolled in a private school, and to keep ya tummy swollen
    C'mon, our fuckin' home was built on the foundation of bloody throats
    The hungry stolen of they souls, of course this country's runnin' coke
    I took a stunted oath to hush the one's who know
    But CIA conducts the flow of these young hustlers who lust for dough

    {Drug Dealer]
    I don't work in the hood (Hit my connect)
    Plus what's really good, they supply for the hood
    These dudes fucking crack me up, scrutinize like we inferior
    Petrified when we meet in my area (calm down)
    My dude's'll shoot until I say so, got the loot?
    Give me the YAY YAY like Ice Cube, so don't play with my llello
    We won't stop for you bastards
    Must choose (?), chop it and bag it

    [Undercover Police Officer]
    Taking pictures and tapping phones
    Debating snitches and cracking codes
    Past a couple, blast the fo',
    Want any hustler stacking dough with probably crack the blow
    And my overtime is where your taxes go
    I gain your trust
    Get you to hand weight to us because we paid up front
    On the low with cameras taping ya
    Getting pop away? The prison sentence is going to
    Make the officer leave with two ki's out the evidence room

    [Prison Inmate]
    Out the evidence room (Said with Loucipher)
    Went my fame, truck, boat or plane, they watching you
    You think you got work? They copping too
    We control blocks, they lock countries
    Ya own companies, we had nice cars and sneaker money
    Now there's players out there, talking 'bout the holding
    With bugs in they house like they down South with windows open
    Your dough ain't long, you wrong, you take shorts and (?)
    Feds will be up in your mouth…like forks and spoons
    So enjoy the rush, live plush off Coke bread
    Soon you'll be in a cell with me, like Jenny Lopez
    In school, I was a bully, now life is fully a joke
    I keep a flow on a boat for Peruvian Coke
    Players do favors for governers and tax makers
    Fat Quakers smoke crack and sex acts with bad mayors
    The walls got ears, you big mouths probably scared
    Not prepared to do years like Javier

    14 Dec 2004, 15:26

  3. J

    The story just told is an example of the path that
    drugs take on their way to every neighborhood, in
    every state of this country. It's a lot deeper than
    the niggas on your block. So when they point the
    finger at you, brother men, this is what you've got to tell them:

    [Wesley Snipes – from "New Jack City"]
    I'm not guilty. YOU'RE the one that's guilty. The
    lawmakers, the politicians, the Columbian drug lords,
    all you who lobby against making drugs legal. Just
    like you did with alcohol during the prohibition.
    You're the one who's guilty. I mean, c'mon, let's kick
    the ballistics here: Ain't no Uzi's made in Harlem.
    Not one of us in here owns a poppy field. This thing
    is bigger than (Immortal Technique). This is big
    business. This is the American way.

    14 Dec 2004, 15:27

  4. rob

    cutcher im watching you.

    19 Apr 2005, 22:04

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