Speaking of criminals collecting "taxes":
A few years ago my wife (the NRA basic-pistol and personal-protection instructor) was accosted in our driveway by a local gangster, who told her that we hadn't been paying our "taxes" to the local gang.
She pointed out that we paid local, state and federal taxes and clarified that he was talking about extortion.
She pointed to her Ducks Unlimited sticker and explained that, as a duck hunter, she could, with a shotgun, hit something the size of a human heart at fifty yards, even if it could fly.
He asked if she'd feel bad if she killed a kid. She said that she wouldn't be too happy about it but she'd console herself with the knowledge that she'd saved all the people who'd otherwise have been victims of his future crimes.
He asked if she was worried about getting hurt or killed. She said that, according to her religion, dying while fighting in defense of home and family was a guaranteed trip to heaven, and since she wasn't sure she'd lived a virtuous enough life it would be a valuable opportunity.
We never heard from this guy again.
In fact, after we, and the rest of the neighbors, convinced the landlord of the drug house down the block to evict the dealers - by things like tens of phone calls every time they had a loud 2AM party, disrupted sidewalk traffic, or otherwise made a nuisance of themselves, and by threatening him with civil RICO now that he'd been notified that his tenants were a nuisance, pretty much nobody for several blocks around heard from him, either.
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"Obama’s Economists: ‘Stimulus’ Has Cost $278,000 per Job."
That means: For each job "created or saved" about five were destroyed.
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