North Dakota uses the following logo for their state tourism ad campaign:
I think it's a great logo, one that may be quite fitting, because as many of you know, North Dakota may become "Truly Legendary", as the first state to finally abolish the property tax once and for all, and make property ownership a sovereign right, and not a conditional privilege, with property forever held for ransom by government.
California passed Prop 13, but left that property tax camel's nose squarely in the tent. It did not go far enough, and what a disaster California is, with idiot detractors actually blaming Prop 13 for many of the state's woes, with no mention or criticism of the spend-happy fools in state government who are always the problem, and never the solution.
North Dakota is the ONE state now poised to pave the way for the rest - a single haven from perpetual rent payments - where property actually can be owned once it is paid for, without government holding ultimate title your land, your property, and the rent you must pay on any improvements you make.
I'm not just posting this as a matter of general interest here. I feel very passionately about this, and I'm actually asking for help on what I think a matter of deep principle that affects us all. The property tax is the most hated tax of all, and for very good reasons, as it is also the most unfair and abused tax of all, and the only tax that doesn't take into account one's ability to pay. At the very least, I am asking my friends here, and for those interested in seeing this become a really to help spread the word.
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North Dakota is extremely conservative by national standards. Even the Democrats there are the more fiscally conservative "Blue Dog Democrat" types. So Measure 2 already has a great deal of natural groundswell support. But the opposition to M2 is fierce - led by two huge organizations slopping from the property tax trough from the left and the (supposed) right: The NEA (both ND and national) and the ND Chamber of Commerce (state only).
The fear-mongering lengths to which the opponents go, including outright lying about the measure, is astounding. And the media itself is, predictably, complicit. Not so much anti-M2, as that would make them unpopular with too many - but more of a "sweep it under the rug" kind of complicity, those in favor are simply ignored, but those against are given lots of attention.
The opposition group has a sizable war chest, and promises for more funding, all determined to defeat Measure 2 at all costs. The Empower group has no big funding at all to speak of. Theirs is more the "lives, fortunes and sacred honor" type funding - all personal, so ANY contribution (of ANY amount) you can make will be put to good use.
I firmly believe that helping North Dakotans in any way we can, is a way of paving the way to help ourselves.