Lake County (IN) Judge John Sedia finds Indiana's so-called "right-to-work" law unconstitutional -- but not for reasons you might think. Indiana's law mandates that no employer, labor organization, or other group can compel anyone to be a part of a union or pay dues or fees as a condition for employment -- but that allows workers to get services from a union representing them and/or their coworkers (services like legal assistance and a collectively-bargained grievance procedure -- to say nothing of heightened wages and/or benefits as a "service") without paying for them, and Article I, Section 21 of the Indiana state constitution mandates that everyone who provides a service (i.e., the union) must receive "just compensation." Judge Sedia didn't rule the law unconstitutional on, say, First Amendment right to free association grounds (which I'd find far more convincing than any argument favoring corporate "personhood"), and the Indiana Supreme Court will rule on an appeal in less than a month's time. Still, it's a foot in the door.
Forks Twp., PA man pays $7,000-plus of his property tax bill in one-dollar bills. To make a point about taxes, of course. Why should he have to pay for public schools when his wife homeschools their three children? Partly because the public school benefits him, whether his kids go there or not, but mainly because he belongs to a community of citizens, a community which governs itself for the good of all the people therein. I mean, I don't tell folks I should get reimbursed by our government for my share of the money we spent in Iraq because it violated my moral convictions, and that's because I understand that that's the risk of being part of a civilized society. Why doesn't Mr. Fernandes get that? I wouldn't necessarily oppose giving him a small tax break for homeschooling his kids, but I sure hope he never gets it in his head that he doesn't have to pay taxes on roads he doesn't drive or libraries he doesn't use or cops and firemen he doesn't call. And the McDonald's analogy is utter crap -- no matter how much big gummint money McDonald's gets to make its food unnaturally cheap, McDonald's is neither a state-owned restaurant nor a public service.