Paying taxes becomes optional, Obamacare is collapsing, and South Dakota’s Governor goes on record as anti-Constitutional Carry. A fairly diverse palette of news this week, honestly.

1.) Taxes. Remember when the Affordable Care Act went through? How the mandate (tax) was something you had to pay as a method of “helping society”?

It turns out, with the election of Donald Trump, that paying taxes is no longer the cost of living in a civilized society, but in fact is entirely optional as a form of protest against being forced to pay for something you don’t want. The Guardian does a fantastic job covering this new, but predictably oddball form of protest.

2.) Obamacare. Speaking of ACA, the heads of major insurance companies are slowly starting to suggest that the current environment is basically not survivable for most major insurance carriers. With Aetna and Humana both pulling out, and others like Anthem examining their options, there continues to be little more than anecdotal evidence in support of the Affordable Care Act.

Which is a neutral way of saying that there is a growing mountain of evidence showing why the law needs to be repealed before it does any more damage.

3.) Permitless carry. In this year’s first States Fights update, we discussed the surge of Constitutional Carry. This week, we can now discuss one of the roadblocks. According to Guns.com, the governor of South Dakota has promised to veto the Constitutional Carry legislation working through the legislature.

And things aren’t much rosier in Colorado, where a permitless carry bill has passed a Senate committee, but is expected to almost certainly be blocked in the Democrat-controlled CO House.

Also, I would like to draw your attention to something on that. Note how the anti-gun statements begin in almost EXACTLY the same way; attempting to both establish some kind of unwarranted authority and speak for an entire demographic (and in the second case, multiple demographics) of people.

It’s actually kind of amusing how robotic the talking points are.

Stay informed. Stay alert. Stay free.

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