by Diane Rufino, July 3, 2013
Although the federal income tax system was designed and intended to make up for revenue losses due to tariff reform, it quickly became a primary means to fund the programs of our bloated federal government. The Constitution provides that Congress is authorized to tax and spend for its constitutional purposes, but the reverse is also true… it is NOT empowered to tax and spend for unconstitutional objects. As we all know, the “General Welfare” clause, as well as the “Necessary and Proper” Clause, are not separate grants of power.
The income tax, as used by our government, has become an arbitrary tool to plunder the property, income, assets, savings, gifts, etc of American citizens, burdening their very freedom and chilling their Pursuit of Happiness. Thomas Jefferson wrote: “To take from one, because it is thought his own industry and that of his father’s has acquired too much, in order to spare to others, who, or whose fathers, have not exercised equal industry and skill, is to violate arbitrarily the first principle of association, the guarantee to everyone the free exercise of his industry and the fruits acquired by it.” Furthermore, the federal government is engaged in so many unconstitutional objects that it is currently using taxation to force Americans to support programs, speech, religion, ideology, and social views that many find offensive. Again, Jefferson wrote on the subject: “To compel a man to subsidize with his taxes the propagation of ideas which he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical.”
We need to return to a taxation system similar to the one established by our Founding Fathers. They did not penalize productivity through taxes the way we do today. They had no Internal Revenue Service. They believed in minimal taxation. They didn’t believe in income taxes, which were prohibited by the Constitution (“unless in proportion to the census or enumeration before directed to be taken”) – that is, unless such taxation was uniform and equally applied. They would have been horrified at the enormity of tax schemes crafted to plunder Americans’ income and property in order to fund a bloated government – income taxes, employment taxes, capital gains taxes, estate taxes, corporate taxes, property taxes, Social Security taxes, gas taxes, etc. It was excessive taxation like this that drove our founding patriots and Founding Fathers to rebel against Great Britain in the first place. They did not believe in paying export taxes, which also were prohibited by the Constitution. But they did believe revenue to fund the responsibilities of the federal government should be raised by taxing imports. The Founders believed in free trade within our own borders and a system of tariffs on imported goods.
That’s a system that makes sense. It is a system designed to preserve individual liberty and encourage productivity (through no income taxes and no discouragement of domestic production through export taxes) while choosing to keep taxes as painless as possible (through taxes on foreign imports). And it doesn’t require an IRS to run it.
All of the Founders were opposed to domestic taxes. They regarded high taxes and aggressive tax collectors as tyrannical and always to be guarded against. Patrick Henry warned: “Excisemen may come in multitudes, for the limitation of their numbers no man knows. They may, unless the general government be restrained by a bill of rights or some similar restriction, go into your cellars and rooms and search, ransack and measure everything you eat, drink and wear.” (A prophetic statement?)
The Internal Revenue Service was started in 1862 – nearly 100 years after the Revolutionary War – as the Bureau of Internal Revenue. It was created to collect the income tax that President Lincoln and Congress imposed on the states and territories of the Union to pay for the costs of the Civil War. The Revenue Act of 1862 was allowed to expired 10 years later, but was revived in 1894, although temporarily. It was struck down by the Supreme Court as unconstitutional in 1895. In 1913, Congress was able to devise a scheme (“Soaking the Rich”) to get around the “uniformity” requirements of the US Constitution with an income tax and that scheme became the Sixteenth Amendment. “Soaking the Rich” was an easy concept to sell to the states at the time. It soon became clear to anyone with substantial knowledge of the tax code that obtaining tax breaks for the wealthy would be a lucrative business. The tax lobbyists in Washington DC were born.
There were times in our history when the government taxed income at the highest brackets at almost 100%. Complete confiscation. For example, at its highest taxation level (94%; 1944-45), FDR explained: “Taxes shall be levied according to ability to pay. That’s our American principle.” That was also the time FDR was singing the praises of “Uncle Joe” (Joseph Stalin). FDR’s “American principle” was really a Marxist principle – from Karl Marx’ Communist Manifesto: “From each according to his abilities, to each according to his needs.”
Ever since the passage of the Sixteenth Amendment and the direct ability the federal government had to take whatever it needed from the income of its citizens and the value of their assets and property, the income tax has deprived families of their rightful earnings, restricted our liberties, and deprived our economy of money that could have been invested in productive enterprises. It has been a “dull journey” to this point in history – the 21st century – where it seems many things are free except us.
Today the tax code is a complex, convoluted monstrosity of rules and exemptions. It is modified an average of three times daily when Congress is in session. It was modified a total of 579 times alone in 2010.
Today the IRS is the No. 1 enemy of your pocketbook. Who doesn’t fear an IRS audit? It’s the only federal agency that considers you guilty until proven innocent. It can’t be overhauled or even reformed (Congress’ attempts have failed), and the power to audit is a powerful tool tyrants in government can use to silence, intimidate, and harass political opponents and enemies.
In 1994, three Houston businessmen met for lunch – Jack Trotter, Bob McNair, and Leo Linbeck, Jr. As was common at their luncheons, they began to complain about the federal income tax system. But at this particular lunch, they decided to do more than just talk. They decided to try to do something about it. Each of them pledged $1.5 million as seed money to hire the best tax experts in America to identify the faults with the current federal tax system, to determine what American citizens would like to see in tax reform, and then to design the best system of taxation. With their initial investment of $4.5 million, Trotter, McNair, and Linbeck went on to raise an additional $17 million to fund focus groups and finance/fiscal studies, and additional research. The research was extensive and distinguished the Fair Tax from every other tax reform proposal ever put forward.
The tax policy experts hired to research and develop the Fair Tax include:
Professors David Burton and Dan Mastromarco, University of Maryland and The Argus Group
Professor Larry Kotlikoff, Boston University
Stephen Moore, The Cato Institute
Professor Dale Jorgenson, Harvard University
Bill Beach, The Heritage Foundation
Jim Poterba, The National Bureau of Economic Research
Professor George Zodrow, Rice University and the Baker Institute for Public Policy
Professor Joseph Kahn, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
The FairTax is a thoroughly and professionally-researched response to the question: “What do the American people want in their tax system?” In 1999, the Fair Tax plan was submitted in the US House as a bi-partisan bill – H.R. 2525 (“The Fair Tax Act of 1999”) – by Rep. John Linder (R-GA) and Rep. Collin Peterson (D-MN). In
January 2006, an additional $2 million was spent in research to make sure the Fair Tax was still the best tax replacement solution for our nation’s current economic situation and the results concluded that it was. It was then resubmitted in the 111th Congress in January 2009 as H.R. 25 (“The Fair Tax Act of 2009”).
The studies conducted by Trotter, McNair, and Linbeck in the 1990’s, and then continued in 2006, make the Fair Tax the most well-researched tax plan ever presented to Congress. The Fair Tax is also supported by a growing number of Americans, a growing number of groups across the political spectrum, and by a growing number of representatives in Washington DC. Governor Mike Huckabee is a huge supporter. In talking about the Fair Tax, he asks: “Wouldn’t it be nice if April 15 were just another sunny spring day?”
It would be nice for hard-working Americans to enjoy the fruits of their education, mind, creativity, labor, and investment and have the flexibility to use them in the best way they deem fit to benefit their own families, their personal pursuits of happiness, and their retirement. It’s time we had a system in which people didn’t have to figure out ways to cheat in order to save their money.
If the Founding Fathers were here today, I believe they would support the Fair Tax. They favored a consumption tax and rejected an income tax. As James Madison said, “Taxes on consumption are always least burdensome because they are least felt and are borne, too, by those who are both willing and able to pay them…” Our Founders were students of history, and as their intention was to secure the Rights of Man as firmly and securely as possible, hopefully into perpetuity, they would have rejected the oppression that naturally comes when governments have the power of plunder. Thomas Paine wrote the following in The Rights of Man (1791): “If, from the more wretched parts of the old world, we look at those which are in an advanced stage of improvement, we still find the greedy hand of government thrusting itself into every corner and crevice of industry, and grasping the spoil of the multitude. Invention is continually exercised, to furnish new pretenses for revenues and taxation. It watches prosperity as its prey and permits none to escape without tribute.”
No one is suggesting that we don’t need the revenue that taxes generate. We just need a system that is fair and aligns our government again with its purpose: to protect the “Life, Liberty, and Pursuit of Happiness” of every individual. The income tax and the IRS have perverted that purpose and have become instruments of wealth re-distribution and oppression.
We protested against the king and the parliament of Great Britain over a 3% tax on tea. Our early colonists were wise enough to understand that the protest wasn’t really about the minute tax on tea but rather about the assault on individual liberty in general. As James Madison put it: “The people of the U.S. owe their Independence and their liberty to the wisdom of descrying in the minute tax of 3 pence on tea, the magnitude of the evil comprised in the precedent. Let them exert the same wisdom, in watching against every evil lurking under plausible disguises, and growing up from small beginnings.” The income tax is far more oppressive and offensive than the Tea Act.
We don’t need tax reform. We don’t need Congress to amend or simplify the current Tax Code. We need it abolished. We need another tax protest and another tax revolution!
The following resolution addresses the many benefits of the Fair Tax and how it will restore property rights and the free exercise thereof.
RESOLUTION TO REPLACE THE INCOME TAX WITH THE FAIR TAX
The Fair Tax is a popular tax scheme that has become even more popular with the current IRS scandal and the growing population of Americans that contributes nothing to the revenue generated through federal income taxation. The Fair Tax plan replaces all federal income and payroll-based taxes with a national retail sales tax that is fair, simple, and understandable. Under this plan, no one pays any federal taxes on the purchase of basic necessities; yet it raises the same amount of revenue as does the income tax system. The Fair Tax Act of 2013 (H.R. 25/S. 122) is nonpartisan legislation that abolishes all federal personal and corporate income taxes, gift, estate, capital gains, alternative minimum, Social Security, Medicare, and self-employment taxes and replaces them with one simple, visible, 23% (inclusive) federal retail sales tax paid at the cash register. Individuals no longer file federal income tax returns and the IRS is eliminated through companion legislation. The FairTax applies to everyone in America, including illegal immigrants, foreign visitors (about 50,000 each year), and those who evade paying taxes under the income tax system. This innovative, extensively researched, grassroots supported tax system is a fair, efficient, transparent, and intelligent replacement of the frustrating, inequitable income tax system.
Our current tax scheme allows the government to assess and tax one of the fundamental legs of our very freedom – our property….. the fruits of our mind and labor and one of our most sacred pursuits of solitude, privacy, and happiness. The Fair Tax, on the other hand, is a consumption tax and therefore fair, non-arbitrary, and non-destructive of freedom. Since it is not an income tax, the Fair Tax renders the Sixteenth Amendment useless (so it can be repealed and off the books forever!) and the IRS as well (so it can be defunded and dismantled).
The Fair Tax is a national sales tax that would apply to every person that makes a purchase of new goods and services in the United States. It has been proposed by the US House as bill H.R. 25. The Fair Tax rate is 23%, which was calculated to equal to the lowest current income tax bracket (15%) combined with employee payroll taxes (7.65%), both of which will be eliminated. It achieves three goals at once: tax reform, boosts the economy, and generates jobs. The Congressional Joint Committee on Taxation studied what would happen if a national consumption tax were implemented (in place of our current progressive income tax) and economists from both ends of the political spectrum – from the far left to the far right – agreed that America’s economy would grow faster if the switch were made to a true consumption tax. With the Fair Tax, not only will businesses be encouraged to stay in the United States and new businesses attracted to do business here, the people with their money offshore could bring it back to invest in our country, which would give a huge boost to our economy. It’s the biggest stimulation package there is. As the FairTax website says, “Think of it as the World’s Biggest Economic Jumper Cable.”
The Fair Tax treats every person equally, broadens the tax base enormously, allows American businesses to thrive, encourages businesses which have left the country because of an onerous tax burden to return (as well as inviting new businesses here), all while generating the same or greater tax revenue as the current four-million-word-plus word tax code. Under the Fair Tax, every person living in the United States pays a sales tax (23%) on purchases of new goods and services, excluding those which are considered essential goods and services (ie, basic necessities) due to what’s called a “prebate.”
Under the Fair Tax, every American (irregardless of income earned or generated) can purchase essential goods and services tax-free up to the national poverty level through a tool called the prebate. A prebate would be a check from the federal government sent to every registered family at the beginning of each month to cover the costs of basic living. The amount of the prebate that each family would receive would be based on the U.S. Health and Human Services report of the Federal poverty level, estimated at the beginning of each year. This estimate would determine just how much money a family needs to meet their basic living expenses, and these expenses would be made totally tax free.
Whereas, the Fair Tax would tax consumption rather than production, providing a more transparent method of taxation and would repeal the 16th Amendment to the US Constitution thus eliminating the Internal Revenue Service. All taxes would be collected at the point of purchase and withholding taxes from citizen’s paychecks and all hidden taxes passed to consumers would be eliminated; and
Whereas, the Fair Tax plan replaces all federal income and payroll-based taxes with a national retail sales tax that is fair, simple, understandable, and sure to cause no undue hardship on any consumer (see below regarding embedded taxes); and
Whereas, the Fair Tax would eliminate all federal taxes on businesses and corporations (the Fair Tax is strictly a personal consumption tax), providing a much better environment in which to conduct business, thereby improving the financial health of the United States and creating jobs; and
Whereas, the Fair Tax would encourage individuals, businesses, and corporations who are holding their money in offshore accounts (in order to shield those funds from excessive US taxation) to reinvest those funds in the US economy, also revitalizing the US economy;
Whereas, the IRS scandal has renewed interest in the Fair Tax, in particular because it renders the IRS unnecessary;
Whereas: There are currently bills in Congress – H.R.25, sponsored by Rep. Woodall (R-Ga.) with 67 co-sponsors including NC Representatives (Republican) Virginia Foxx and Mark Meadows, and S.122, sponsored by Senator Chambliss (Ga.) with seven co-sponsors including NC Senator Richard Burr – to pass legislation implementing the FairTax ; and
Whereas, Congress bears a moral responsibility to protect individual property rights, the right to Pursue Happiness (not burden or punish that pursuit), and economic liberty; and
Whereas, it has become a moral imperative and an urgent imperative to secure fundamental notions of liberty and abolish the federal progressive tax, it is our position that it should be replaced with the Fair Tax (a national sales tax of about 23%, on new items for personal consumption only, that would replace both federal income tax and the payroll tax );
Whereas, the Fair Tax is supported because it is the most studied legislative proposal in the history of the United States; and
Whereas, the Fair Tax would provide the country a more reliable tax base during both periods of economic expansion and periods of economic contraction; and
Whereas, the Fair Tax is better than an income tax for the following reasons:
— It eliminates the inherent unfairness, problems, and costs associated with the progressive income tax mentioned above; and
— It renders the Sixteenth Amendment obsolete (enabling it to be repealed), eliminates the voluminous, incomprehensible Tax Code, eliminates the IRS (and all audits of federal income tax returns), and eliminates income tax entirely!! In other words, it eliminates payroll taxes of all kinds, including Social Security and Medicare taxes, as well as corporate, gift, estate, capital gains, death, self-employment, and alternative minimum taxes. It also eliminates the income tax credit. (They are all gone!) Social Security and Medicare benefits would continue; only the means of collecting revenue to fund these programs changes;
— It makes federal tax collection fairer, smarter and apolitical; and
— It alleviates the criticisms and objections of ordinary Americans who feel that corporations, wealthy individuals and families, and special interest groups have unfair access to loopholes and exemptions that help them avoid paying their “fair share”; and
— It ends the unhealthy relationship which exists between the tax lobbyist, the wealthy client, and certain members of congress; and
— It broadens the tax base; it includes EVERY person who spends money in the US, including tourists!! (tourists alone will add some 51 million extra taxpayers every year); and
— It treats everyone the same with no deductions, exemptions, loopholes or interference by lobbyists; and
— The Fair Tax is the only system that shows Americans clearly and concisely exactly how much money they are sending to the federal government – 23% on every purchase of new goods and services. It is the only proposal to completely eliminate all loopholes, exceptions, and exemptions so that all Americans know their neighbor has just as much skin in the game as they do; and
— The Fair Tax is the only system that puts Americans in control of how much they want to contribute to the federal government. Since the tax is only on NEW goods and products, individuals can keep more of their money if they choose to purchase used items or make the effort to shop frugally; and
— It requires very little bureaucracy. Collection of the national sales tax (Fair Tax) can use systems already in place at the state level without adding any additional (significant) burden. The Fair Tax lays out a plan for the states to easily collect and transfer money to the federal government; and
— It saves a lot of money and time for the American taxpayer. Saving and collecting records and receipts is time-consuming, a hassle, and a big headache. Just complying with our voluminous and complicated federal tax system costs Americans about $431 billion a year, according to economist Arthur Laffer (although other estimates go as high as $600 billion). American taxpaying families often have to hire a CPA. Furthermore, another $1000 to $2000 in embedded costs are passed on to the average consumer each year by businesses who have to add the cost of tax compliance to their “cost of doing business” and therefore to the cost of their products and services (for every dollar sent to the IRS, it costs 30 cents in compliance); and
— It is mindful of the poverty limit. It provides a prebate to ensure that no American pays federal taxes on spending up to the poverty level. (Another option discussed, to avoid any arbitrary assignment of “poverty limit,” is to not tax food items); and
— It would force drug dealers and other criminals to pay their fair share in taxes. Gang members, mafioso, and drug dealers don’t pay income tax on their sometimes considerable ill-gotten income, but with the Fair Tax, they would pay their taxes just like everyone else; and
— It would force even illegal immigrations to pay their fair share in taxes. Immigrants who are here illegally (ie, broke the law to be here), are not paying any federal income tax yet they are sucking the lifeblood out of government benefits and other social programs, including public education and subsidized healthcare. With the Fair Tax, they would pay their taxes just like everyone else; and
— It would eliminate the temptation to commit a number of crimes. For one thing, there would be no benefit to working “under the table.” Right now, people who don’t report their income (tax cheaters) are not only not paying into the system, but they are often sending large sums of their unreported income back to their home countries. With the Fair Tax, this problem vanishes, as does every other tax fraud-related crime, which currently costs the Treasury a figure running into at least the tens of billions; and
— It would also eliminate crimes of political corruption, as politicians would be unable to repay big donors with tax favors; and
— It would eliminate even the possibility that an otherwise honest taxpaying citizen might be tempted to cheat the system. There is no opportunity to cheat on sales tax. If you don’t pay the tax, the purchase is not complete; and
— It would restore individual privacy rights. After all, if the federal government is such a big fan of privacy in the bedroom, in the abortion clinic, and in the sex of who we choose to marry, shouldn’t it also respect the privacy associated with our career advances, our income, our wallets, our bank accounts, and in our property; and
— Also speaking of privacy, it eliminates the need to declare who you live with (marriage clarification); and
— By abolishing the IRS, it restores to churches and nonprofit organizations the First Amendment rights they now hesitate to use, for fear of losing tax-exempt status; and
— By allowing individuals and families to keep more of their income, it will encourage greater charitable donations; and
— It would eliminate the opportunity the government has of using taxation as a means of political harassment, intimidation, oppression, or retribution. The government cannot use the tax code or the IRS’ audit powers to penalize any one group or individual; and
— It honors the American ideal that the more one is willing to work, the harder you are willing to work, the more you are willing to invest in your education and career, the more one should benefit and enjoy the fruits of his/her labor and the more wealth one should be able to accumulate. In other words, they don’t PUNISH success or stigmatize it and they don’t penalize and weaken the American work ethic (by sending the message that with government providing handouts on the one hand to those who won’t work and plundering the salaries of those who work on the other hand, it is more desirable to go with option #1); and
— It enables workers and retirees to receive 100% of their paychecks and pension benefits; and
— It encourages saving and investing, thereby providing capital needed for creation of jobs and economic growth; and
— It classifies tuition as an investment in human capital rather than consumption, thereby making education about half as expensive as it is now; and
— Along with other economic advantages, the Fair Tax would actually bring down the cost of goods by eliminating embedded taxes included in the price of goods and services. Approximately 20% of what a consumer pays for any given good or service right now represents what the business has to tack on to cover the cost of compliance with our onerous tax regulations (and as we all know, businesses always pass those costs on to the consumer). Without these costs, the prices of goods and services will come down approximately 20%. If the Fair Tax imposes a 23% national sales tax while at the same time reducing current costs by 20% due to imbedded taxes that are not longer required, then consumers would essentially be paying the exact same price for goods and services without having to file a tax return in April and surrender any more of their earnings and property; and
— It would create jobs!! The Fair Tax would reverse the current destructive trend whereby businesses and jobs are being chased out of the country because of a burdensome, insanely-complex tax code. It would bring all those businesses and jobs back to America. Even more, the promise of no corporate taxes and no tax compliance costs ($3 in compliance costs to pay $1 in payroll and income taxes) would lure new businesses and jobs here. The US could become the most attractive tax-free haven in the world for doing business; and
— It solves the problem of double-taxation (for example, when a publicly-traded company pays corporate taxes on its earnings and then passes on some of those earnings onto shareholders as dividends, on which they must pay individual income tax or capital gains tax); and
— It would further the “Go Green!” movement by making obsolete the process of sending out 8 billion pages of forms and instructions every year (Fun facts: (1) It takes 30,000 trees each year to produce all the paper the IRS needs, even with the availability of electronic filing. (2) If all these pages were laid end-to-end, they would circle around the Earth 28 times); and
— Further, with respect to the ‘conservation of resources’ movement, since the Fair Tax applies to the purchase of new products (such as homes, cars, furniture, clothes), it encourages proper maintenance and care, recycling and reuse. People will not only first look to buy used homes, cars, etc, but owners will take better care of their items; and
— It supports every aspect of the working world. The Fair Tax applies only to items for personal consumption. If the new item is NOT for personal consumption, it is not taxed. (For example, if a business owner buys a piece of new equipment for his business or a farmer buys a new tractor for his farm, they do not pay the consumption tax on those item. In this way, the Fair Tax supports every aspect of the working world, from the business owner to the working man; and
— It eliminates the stress and anxiety of wondering if tax returns were filled out properly, if income was declared correctly, and if one will be subjected or targeted for an audit (As Will Rogers said: “The income tax has made more liars out of the American people than golf has. Even when you make a tax form out on the level, you don’t know when it’s through if you are a crook or a martyr.”); and
— It is capable of being understood by all persons and don’t require the assistance and services (not cheap!) of a CPA; and
— It eliminates the present bias against work, saving, and investment caused by taxing income and instead, substitutes a moral-based system of contributing to the government (ie, everyone contributes to a government that serves them equally). Eliminating this bias will lead to higher rates of economic growth, greater productivity of labor, rising real wages, more jobs, lower interest rates, and a higher standard of living for all Americans; and
— It offers other economic benefits:
1. U.S. exports could compete with foreign goods, as imports would be subject to the same Fair Tax as domestic products;
2. Reduces production costs for currently subsidized businesses like farming, leading to a reduction in subsidies, which would reduce the federal budget (aka spending cuts)
3. Consumption has been shown to be more stable than income, therefore the tax revenue stream would likely be a more predictable amount and inflation could be better prevented
4. By eliminating capital gains tax, investments in business would be encouraged
5. By eliminating the death tax, families could keep their farms and businesses
6. By eliminating the gift tax, individuals could offer tax-free assistance to each other
7. By eliminating the need for states, counties, municipalities and school districts to pay FICA, those entities would see significant increases in their available budget revenues.
Therefore, be it ….
Resolved, that to be competitive in the next century and to renew the American dream, we must change the way we fund our national government; and
Resolved, that the ________________________ (group name) believes that the benefits of the Fair Tax are compelling and offer solutions far beyond mere tax reform; and
Resolved, that eliminating the income tax will do more than anything else to shift the power from Washington back to the People; and
Resolved, that the ________________________ (group name) requests that North Carolina representatives in both the US House and US Senate move to bring bills H.R.25 and S.122 to their respective floor for discussion and vote; and let it be further
Resolved, that the ________________________ (group name) urges all representatives in both the NC and US Houses and Senate to publically declare their positions on the FairTax bills.
 – H.R. 25 is also called the “Fair Tax Act of 2013.” It’s full title is: “Bill to promote freedom, fairness, and economic opportunity by repealing the income tax and other taxes, abolishing the Internal Revenue Service, and enacting a national sales tax to be administered primarily by the States.” Bill Summary: “Fair Tax Act of 2013 – (i) Repeals the income tax, employment tax, and estate and gift tax. (ii) Re-designates the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 as the Internal Revenue Code of 2013. (iii) Imposes a national sales tax on the use or consumption in the United States of taxable property or services. (iv) Sets the sales tax rate at 23% in 2015, with adjustments to the rate in subsequent years. (v) Allows exemptions from the tax for property or services purchased for business, export, or investment purposes, and for state government functions…..” Assigned to Congressional Committee Jan. 3, 2013] http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/113/hr25 and http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/113/s122
The US Constitution
The Fair Tax – http://www.fairtax.org
“How Some States Did Not Legally Ratify the Sixteenth Amendment” – http://www.givemeliberty.org/features/taxes/notratified.htm
Diane Schrader, “The Top 7 Reasons (and One Promising Way) to Abolish the IRS For Good,” News Real Blog, February 2, 2011. Referenced at: http://www.newsrealblog.com/2011/02/02/the-top-7-reasons-and-one-promising-way-to-abolish-the-irs-for-good-1/
Diane Rufino, the problem is the entitlement addicted liberals that think government has a right to half of our stuff.
Jeffrey, I think it’s part of the Saul Alinsky model (in his book Rules for Radicals) to divide Americans into the wealthy and the poor and to then vilify the wealthy and to accuse them of gaining their wealth by exploiting a privilege or by exploiting others. This way it makes it easier for the poor to believe they are entitled to their wealth and not to have any conscience in accepting it. Have you heard of Saul Alinksy? Have you heard of Saul Alinsky?
Diane Rufino, only by name.
Jeffrey, I wanted to follow up with my discussion of Saul Alinsky and how he likely plays a big part in today’s entitlement mentality. I am a permanent guest on a radio station in my part of North Carolina and today’s show actually touched on Alinksy. Here is a very short summary of what I talked about: I discussed how Saul Alinsky’s book, Rules for Radicals, has played out in the progression of our country towards a social state ( a state in which the government serves all the needs of the individual). In that book, Alinsky discusses the 8 levels of control that must be obtained before a true social state can be created and how to turn America’s “useless idiots” into “useful” ones in order to achieve that goal. The 8 levels of control are: Healthcare (control healthcare and you control people), Welfare (take control of every aspect of their lives), Poverty (increase the poverty level; poor people don’t fight back when everything they need to live is provided to them), Debt (increase the debt as high as possible; that way taxes have to be increased, this producing more poverty), Gun Control (remove the ability of people to defend themselves from government; that way government can establish a police state, if necessary), Education ( thought control), Religion (remove the belief in God from the government and schools), and Class Warfare (divide people into the wealthy and the poor and vilify the wealthy; this will cause discontent and make it easier to tax the wealthy even more to support the poor). How many levels have been obtained already? As you can see, the Progressives have done their homework, have embraced the Alinsky model, and have been successful at fundamentally transforming not only the character of a large segment of people in this country (from honorable, educated, and self-sufficient) but transforming the country in general. You’ll notice that the only level of control that progressives and liberals have not achieved is gun control. This likely explains why they are so eager and so aggressive lately in pushing for gun control. This is why they are so happy to turn each national tragedy (mass shooting) into a reason to take away the right to have and use fire arms. If you are a conspiracy theorist or a skeptic like me, you might even ask yourself if the recent rise in shootings isn’t the work of subversive elements in this country designed to bring about gun control. Certainly some of the recent shooters have questionable histories and many could have been prevented from getting guns except that the government dropped the ball in failing to put them on a watch list, failing to keep an eye on them when they WERE on a watchlist, failing to report them for mental issues, and simply overlooking information on file that SHOULD have prevented them from purchasing a gun.
Diane Rufino, my preference would be for the Fair Tax. However, what is to be done with the idiots who claim that it only benefits the rich?