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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Security Tax



I wonder how much of our national resources now go toward paying the “security tax.” That's money spent on things that are supposed to keep us safe.

The most recent bombings in the US didn't do all that much damage. Compared to what happens day to day in a place like Afghanistan, it's just another market day.

The response to those bombings is hugely expensive. NY security is now tighter than it's ever been. Just think of all the police overtime, then add in all the extra private security. Just for fun and games try to imagine how security threats will affect business in the future.

If you were a tourist wouldn't you rethink your vacation plans? Even Paris France, one of the world's top vacation destinations, is seeing a drop in tourism. Would you open a business in a neighborhood that had a bombing or a race riot? If you did you'd have to spend money on security doors, cameras and maybe even private security guards. Someone has to pay for all those extra measures.

We end up with a perfect storm of business activity going down while at the same time security costs are going up. In the United States, in most areas, security was a pretty low cost operation. My home town used to be so safe that businesses would sometimes forget to lock their doors at night. Property crime is still pretty low, but I bet no one forgets the locks these days. More people are installing alarms, heavier locks and employing security companies.

Right now things still aren't too bad, even with the TSA slowing down air travel causing many hours of lost productivity. At least suppliers don't have to worry about highwaymen robbing their supply trucks. Although during the recent Charlotte riots highway traffic was stopped, cargo removed from trucks and set on fire. One more data point. One more incident of the security tax in operation.

Should we include the US military in the security tax equation? The trick with security is to have enough so that doing business is safe, but not to waste money on unneeded services. Thanks to the world we now live in, the basic cost of security keeps going up.

-Sixbears

14 comments:

  1. The less taxes and the less government involvement the better. We all should be allowed and willing to protect ourselves. Let the government take care of the air strikes and missiles.

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    1. Our military actions have sometimes made us less safe. There's a lot more terror since we started the war on terror. About as successful as the war on drugs.

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    2. Agree that 1 trillion spent on DHS has been a waste and has resulted in actually forcing us to give up freedoms in cahoots with Islam's goals.

      Islam actually started the war on terror about 1600 years ago and has flamed a lot more than now.

      US first got involved when the Tunisians started making slaves of our sailors until Jefferson sent the marines.

      Sweden's rape rate has soared over 1000%. Rapeugees arriving in Austria have stated 'we are just coming here to phuck your women.'

      Dizzy Dick is right. Ordinary folks with balls and guns have done more to fight the war than DHS and that appears to be the way forward.

      Unless Hitlery gets her Supremes picks.

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    3. I hear that a fair number of people know they are going to get shipped back so are not afraid of breaking the law. Interesting, if true.

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  2. FEAR a good way to generate all sorts of "protection" for a price

    everything from home security systems, assorted sprays, handguns, and more incredible crap sold to a public for heafty fees.

    and the government if be no terror and fear to justify its actions will create more terrorism delibertly

    what a world!

    Wildflower

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    1. What a world indeed! I'm really really sick of those who use fear to get their way.

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  4. Would we be safer if the draft was reinstated? I can see a lot of people who now believe their rights only include receiving, having a nationwide riot. But I see a lot of our youth being taught how to be men with self-reliance, and adding to our security. I believe things have been made too easy for too many people, for too many years, and the "freedom" to terrorize has been accepted as an everyday ho-hum.

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    1. There are good arguments for the draft. However, personally, it would have been hell for me. Don't get me wrong. I believe in public service. After all, I was a firefighter and put my life on the line -almost lost it too. My problem would have been with being forced to do something, even if it was something I might really want to do.

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  5. As long as we have a government controlled by the sort of people in there now, it will just go on getting worse. Money is no substitute for common sense, and political correctness is no substitute for a grasp of reality.

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    1. The money spent on security is mostly a waste too. We have the illusion of safety without the reality.

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  6. Why don't we bring back our men and women from overseas so they can be available here if needed. Let those overseas sort themselves out.

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