Maybe it’s been a long time in developing, but the plain fact is that we are no longer living in a democracy; conspiracy wonks have always accused Legislators of being captive of special interests. The 2015 Nevada Legislature, however, left no doubt as Twitter, the Internet and non-mainstream radio prevented its members from hiding their motives and actions permitted us to witness firsthand how they broke off all links between stated campaign promises and lawmaking. The Government clearly co-opted these two industries, giving them free reign to pillage, rape and cannibalize every other non-government-attached business and individual.
Eighty five percent of the billion plus increase will go to bureaucrats. Government employees not only produce NOTHING, but as a result of their fearful and non-entrepreneurial nature and their wealth-destroying actions, are absolutely the worst group to reward — if one’s intent is to provoke economic development. They already make up to 10 times what the average Nevadan makes in his/her lifetime. For example, the real wage of the average Nevadan is probably around $10 per hour, but the minimum wage for workers on government projects is $45 per hour plus benefits; it is not uncommon for bureaucrats to get paid $200 for each hour they work, when their pay is divided by the
number of hours worked.
This is the precursor of economic and social collapse. All of the justifications for allowing mining, gaming and government to pillage (and we just list five) turn to ashes when investigated: 1) “It’s for the children.” No, it’s not. Of the billion-plus tax increase “only” $400 million will go to the failed education establishment which will entrench its monopolistic hold on bad service at high cost. 2) “We need a better educated STEM workforce.” Nevada is not going to
become the new Silicon Valley. Nevada already has the workforce with the highest Social Quotient in the world, and that’s what sustains our tourist economy. The entertainment tax, when applied to small bars and restaurants, actually destroys opportunities for young entertainers, so we will be forced to continue importing these. 3) “This time it will be different because we will assure performance and good results.” No, it won’t. Nevada governments don’t even have
the integrity of establishing real goals (quantified within specific time periods) to start, so there is nothing that can be measured.
There is no system and no interest in State government for measuring, much less demanding results. 4) “But we are going to tax all those evil out-of-state companies and workers that make money in Nevada and don’t pay their fair share of taxes.” No, they are not going to pay the bills, because they will simply stop coming. Corporate registrations are going to dry up. The corporations themselves are fleeing the U.S. itself in favor of lower tax jurisdictions. Corporations have already moved their workforce to China, which is prospering, incidentally, with China’s abandonment of Communism in favor of good old American free enterprise. 5) “Mining and gaming will pay more in taxes.” The credits they will get for the current taxes they pay could result in less tax paid, although this is not clear. Is it too much of a stretch to assume that their effusive support for the new taxes could be based on the discovery by their accountants that they will benefit by paying LESS?
Rather than proceeding from the idea that government and its monopolies can serve and free the population and its entrepreneurial enterprises, this Legislature and the Governor made the People serve them! You can either join them or seek refuge until the parasites destroy Nevada’s twin and compatible money trees and we can start over — with the benefit of experience and hindsight. Ironically, these are already provided by the endless stream of human societies, which have already tried the same behaviors and patterns for thousands of years.
Unfortunately we don’t know how to read, much less interpret, history. Picking winners (like Tesla) and losers (like small business) is already a mistake and produces massive losses for society (it may be no coincidence that the Tesla give-away and the total new taxes total similar amounts). Converting two industries that depend entirely on
government largesse to exist into quasi-governments is Fascism. This was and is not the intent of the voters, who, not incidentally, rejected the most significant tax rip-off (the gross revenue tax) 4-l in the 2014 election. The elimination of sunsets on $600,000,000 of other taxes violated the intent of the 2009, 2011, 2013 legislatures.
These moves are properly interpreted as ATTACKS on our democratic and republican (representative democracy) institutions. They were used by this Legislature to pave the path to Nevada State Fascism.