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#1 Nov 10, 2009
An income tax is the most degrading and totalitarian of all possible taxes. Its implementation wrongly suggests that the government owns the lives and labor of the citizens it is supposed to represent. Tellingly,“a heavy progressive or graduated income tax” is Plank #2 of the Communist Manifesto, which was written by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels and first published in 1848
Could America exist without an income tax? The idea seems radical, yet in truth America did just fine without a federal income tax for the first 126 years of its history. Prior to 1913, the government operated with revenues raised through tariffs, excise taxes, and property taxes, without ever touching a worker’s paycheck. In the late 1800s, when Congress first attempted to impose an income tax, the notion of taxing a citizen’s hard work was considered radical! Public outcry ensued; more importantly, the Supreme Court ruled the income tax unconstitutional. Only with passage of the 16th Amendment did Congress gain the ability to tax the productive endeavors of its citizens.
Yet don’t we need an income tax to fund the important functions of the federal government? You may be surprised to know that the income tax accounts for only approximately one-third of federal revenue. Only 10 years ago, the federal budget was roughly one-third less than it is today. Surely we could find ways to cut spending back to 1990 levels, especially when the Treasury has single year tax surpluses for the past several years. So perhaps the idea of an America without an income tax is not so radical after all.
The harmful effects of the income tax are obvious. First and foremost, it has enabled government to expand far beyond its proper constitutional limits, regulating virtually every aspect of our lives. It has given government a claim on our lives and work, destroying our privacy in the process. It takes billions of dollars out of the legitimate private economy, with most Americans giving more than a third of everything they make to the federal government. This economic drain destroys jobs and penalizes productive behavior. The ridiculous complexity of the tax laws makes compliance a nightmare for both individuals and businesses. All things considered, our Founders would be dismayed by the income tax mess and the tragic loss of liberty which results.
America without an income tax would be far more prosperous and far more free, but we must be prepared to fight to regain the liberty we have lost incrementally over the past century. I recently introduced “The Liberty Amendment,” legislation which would repeal the 16th Amendment and effectively abolish the income tax. I truly believe that real tax reform, reform that so many frustrated Americans desperately want, requires bold legislation that challenges the Washington mind set. Congress talks about reform, but the current tax debate really involves nothing of substance. Both parties are content to continue tinkering with the edges of the tax code to please various special interests. The Liberty Amendment is an attempt to eliminate the system altogether, forcing Congress to find a simple and fair way to collect limited federal revenues. Most of all, the Liberty Amendment is an initiative aimed at reducing the size and scope of the federal government.
#3 Nov 10, 2009
We need the income tax to pay for all the stupidity and ignorance of our politicians and the dumbarsed idiots that voted for em. Personally I think that Wyle E. Coyote would have been a great candidate for president. But no, everybody had to vote in a black man that now lives in federal funded housing and is getting paid for it. Lucky bastard. Now I hear its legal to hang a black man from a tree. Yeah, you can now buy O'bama Christmas ornaments. LOL
#4 Nov 10, 2009
I am glad that you show your ignorance on here by being racist. I'm sure McCain would have done a better job being president because he is white. NOT.
#6 Nov 11, 2009
Look you F*ING idiots voted the man in, I think all of you dumbasses owe the rest of us a big apology. Not only have you ruined your lives but now you have ruined all of ours as well. Way to go dumbasses
#7 Nov 11, 2009
Dont be too hard on em man. Not everyone knew how good of a candidate that Bugs Bunny could ve been. Besides, the only choices were the lesser of two evils. Extreme one way or extreme the other. Lets face it folks, our government is so saturated with crime and corruption the only way to set things straight would be a revolution of the common person against what is quickly becoming (if not already) a communistic state. Its now to the point where we cant even bang our old ladies without someone watching us on closed circuit. Hell, supposedly next year we are going to have to register our firearms on our personal property tax forms. Personally, they kiss my arse. Thanks Mr. O Bama.
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