A couple of thoughts:
1. Dodging taxes. Americans dislike taxes so much they will go to any lengths to not pay them or minimize the amount. Why is there surprise that improper classification of workers is a business strategy? Millions, billions are going to construction firms, builders, here in the Lowcountry and elsewhere instead of to government treasuries.
On the same page, immigration reform is delayed. Again. These misclassified workers are often illegal immigrants and the same builders aren't collecting required federal, state taxes, unemployment, Social Security, worker's compensation, etc. Why? Because the illegal immigrants don't have Social Security numbers or other required work documents to make the lawful deductions.
It's an easy decision for those employers. Evading taxes is a crime by any definition -- so is fraud in not reporting properly. Lax or no enforcement has allowed these criminal acts to go unimpeded.
2. Military weaponry for local police. Why all the outcry about this in the media? Tax dollars have paid for zillions in weaponry for Iraq and Afghanistan. Better to bring most of it home than leave if for ISIS or other terrorist groups to use against our own soldiers.
We all know we will see terrorist attacks here that may require police to use the most advanced equipment.
Riots and civil insurrection in the streets are also crimes. Should the police not use available resources?
The notion of speaking softly but carrying a big stick is a proven deterrent.
Joseph P. Garra