I just completed my annual tax paperwork and I am exhausted -- and peeved.
I want to reiterate about the 16th Amendment – unconstitutional, unfair, unwieldy, inefficient, intrusive, and gives too much power over our personal lives, specifically our income.
As many have said, the original “Tea Party” was because of taxation and the abuse of it. Yet, here we are in the 21st century and we have traded monarchy tyrants for those who sit in the seats of Congress and the Oval Office of the White House. I don't mind supporting the government to do its job; but why does it have to be complicated, inefficient and wasteful? Why is it taking so long to reform the tax code? What are the politicians in Washington (and some state governments) so afraid of? The change? Losing control? No longer having carte' de blanche in spending money that is not theirs to waste?Mark Alexander of The Patriot Post wrote recently:
Our Founders were uniformly concerned about government power to lay and collect taxes and, accordingly, enumerated specific limitations on taxing and spending. James Madison addressed the issue of unlimited spending, and his words are applicable today: "It has been [said], that the power 'to lay and collect taxes, duties, imposts and excises, to pay the debts and provide for the common defence and general welfare of the United States,' amounts to an unlimited commission to exercise every power which may be alleged to be necessary for the common defence or general welfare." Rejecting that "misconstruction" of our Constitution, Madison went on to write, "If Congress can do whatever in their discretion can be done by money, and will promote the General Welfare, the Government is no longer a limited one, possessing enumerated powers, but an indefinite one." To ensure that federal taxation would be limited to these constraints, Article I, Section 8, Clause 1 of our Constitution (the "Taxing and Spending Clause"), as duly ratified in 1789, defined the "Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises," but Section 8 required that such, "Duties, Imposts and Excises shall be uniform throughout the United States." This, in effect, limited the power of Congress to impose direct taxes on individuals, as further outlined in Section 9: "No Capitation, or other direct, Tax shall be laid, unless in Proportion to the Census or enumeration herein before directed to be taken." That Constitutional limitation survived until 1861, when the first income tax was imposed to defray costs of the War Between the States. That three-percent tax on incomes over $800 was sold as an emergency war measure. In 1894, congressional Democrats tested the Constitution, passing a peacetime tax of two percent on income above $4,000. A year later, that tariff was overturned by the Supreme Court as not complying with the limitations set forth in Article 1. However, the greatest historical injury to economic Liberty was dealt in the presidential campaign of 1912, when the father of Democratic Socialism, Woodrow Wilson, was elected on his mastery of class warfare rhetoric, as outlined in Karl Marx's Communist Manifesto in the mid-19th century. He used Marx's populist redistribution theme, "From each according to his abilities, to each according to his needs," to gain passage of the Sixteenth Amendment, which stated, "The Congress shall have power to lay and collect taxes on incomes, from whatever source derived, without apportionment among the several States, and without regard to any census or enumeration." The top tax rate levied under the new Amendment was just seven percent on incomes above $500,000 (about $12 million in 2012 dollars). Two decades later, Franklin Roosevelt gained acceptance of his New Deal programs via his refined classist rhetoric -- and American socialist propaganda has been the bookmarked page in the political playbook of all Democrat presidents since. Though the contrast between, and debate about, Leftist Tyranny versus Essential Liberty was boldly reinvigorated by Ronald Reagan during his two terms of office, never before the election of Barack Hussein Obama in 2008 have so many Americans fully recognized the cumulative manifestation of collectivist socialism. A second Tea Party protest has been brewing since Obama took office, demanding tax reform -- but no such reformation will succeed unless accompanied by tax conformation, ensuring that taxes collected are only for expenditures authorized by our Constitution.
We the People need to pass the FairTax Act YESTERDAY. The IRS has too much power for a federal agency. The government has no right to do anything with our income unless we provide our permission – and, unless it is social security and medicare premiums being taken out of my paycheck, there is no way I would provide permission. Our government taxes everything that moves and somethings that don't. They promise not to RAISE taxes, but behind closed doors they scheme on how to introduce a new taxation. Why do you think they want to get their hands on the Internet? It is not just control they want. Our government has gotten in the practice of using taxation to initiate social engineering, as in the case of tobacco and alcohol. Fuel at the gas pump would be less if it wasn't taxed to death by the feds, state, and local governments. Taxation is for funding the operation of the government -- not for federal and state officials to waste or use as a means of social engineering.
It is time to make April 15th – JUST ANOTHER DAY.
It is time for Americans to let them know we aren't dealing with this anymore.
As Reagan said: “Government IS the problem!”
Get rid of the 14,000+ pages of nonsense and replace it with a FairTax that is less than 1,000 pages. Other nations made the move – they are realizing a better economy since they did.
It wouldn't hurt to listen to Ron Paul and ditch the Federal Reserve or at least remove its fangs. We need to get back on the gold standard that FDR took away from us – and allow Americans to deal in gold, with gold, or whatever else they want to do with gold. Just exactly who do these people in our government think they are?
Obama's State of Disunion AKA,'State of the Campaign'; Mark Alexander.
Essential Liberty (Part 1); Mark Alexander.