120 new acres

Paul Morgan t2r6 at worldnet.att.net
Tue Oct 7 09:01:47 EST 1997

Joseph Zorzin wrote in article <3438AF24.6867 at forestmeister.com>...

>Anders Axelsson wrote:
>> Larry Caldwell <larryc at teleport.com> wrote in article
>> <VLpN00O5IUsC091yn at teleport.com>...
>> > In article <01bccfd1$7c244ec0$3f13b4c1 at SE8R62600424.hel.se.pnu.com>,
>> > "Anders Axelsson" <anders.axelsson at eu.pnu.com> wrote:
>> >
>> > Corporate plantations are logged on about a 60 to 70 year cycle where I
>> > live, but the tax structure in the USA makes long cycle management of
>> > individual holdings almost impossible.  We have a heavy inheritance tax
>> > that has to be paid within 6 months of death, so if you plant at 50
>> > and die at 80, your family either has to sell the land or log it and
>> > start over.  It's a rare family that has the cash resources to pay the
>> > inheritance tax without liquidating the estate.
>> >
>> Sounds familiar--socialism does a lot of evil things,be it in Sweden or
>> US.
>I'm no socialist, but socialism sure isn't any more evil than
>laissez-faire capitalism; which is doing a fine job of wiping the
>American middle class.
>You Scandinavians are making a big mistake when you take apart your
>sophisticated form of socialism. 5% of your people will become
>fabulously wealthy and everyone else will become poorer. Is that good?
>Is that moral and ethical? There is nothing more hypocritical than
>American political philosophers who try to fuse Christianity with social
>Darwinism. Such a fusion is fine for those who love the Middle Ages. An
>egalitarian society is much more likely to practice the fine morality
>and ethics of the Christian ideal; even if most of those "socialists"
>are atheists. Of course I'm sure there is room for improving your system
>but improving it doesn't mean making your own "Bill Gates" because to do
>so you'll also have to make the equivalent of the American ghettos;
>crime, bad scools, drugs, all the real evils of poverty. Being poor in
>an American city is far worse than being poor "down on the farm".

I recall reading some time ago how the inheritance tax is destroying private
woodlot ownership in Maine.  Apparently, when the bill comes due, the
families have no choice but to subdivide and develop.  Yet another case of
the government needing to confiscate large sums to mitigate the damage
caused by those same tax policies.  (Kinda like paying a fishing license fee
to pay game wardens to ensure that you have paid your fishing license fee.)

As for "Christian" socialism, last time I checked, it was "Do unto others as
you would have them do unto you", not "Ensure that others do unto others as
you would have them do unto you".   Never understood why this is overlooked
(convenience, perhaps?),  but Thoreau had some interesting insights into
this :).


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