President Obama is now asking Congress to extend the Bush tax cuts that he had criticized during his campaign in 2008, but it is just a puny bandage for a gaping wound for the economy.
A hard look at the present tax system and a solution must be found after talking about it for at least ten years now. Either the income tax goes to a flat tax system with no myriad of paperwork due to no deductions including the reduction of the scope and need for the IRS
or repeal the 16th
amendment and replace it with the consumption flat tax system called Fair Tax
. Either way, in order for it to work more smoothly, major cuts in the amount of agencies within the government and dissolving intrusive and inefficient agencies and departments is paramount to get our republic back on track.
Democratic socialism must fall by the way and return to a republican government (not the political party, but the form of government the Founders created).
Socialism is nothing new and some Americans are waking up to the fact that socialism kills itself economically because it produces a people that depends on other citizens’ productivity and money – and that money dries up due to high taxation caused by government size, scope and intrusiveness upon the private sector as well as business going elsewhere because of high corporate taxation.
‘s proposal of an across the board 20% reduction in the present progressive income tax system is a start, but a thorough reform is in order and has been for more than a decade.
American society must do its part as well – stop voting for those who promise your bills and other personal expenses will be paid by someone else.
Thomas Jefferson warned Americans about socialism in a letter to Joseph Milligan in 1816:
To take from one, because it is thought his own industry and that of his fathers 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.
Socialism has been defined as legal plunder, legal because government condones it and encourages it. This legal plunder has many names and has gone beyond helping Americans who have met personal disaster to get back on their feet that has become an “entitlement” as though a right or liberty written into the constitution. We can see this in video clips at YouTube, where a woman with numerous children from different fathers demands (not a plea) that other Americans support her illegitimate children and her immoral lifestyle that raises children with no direction toward values, self sufficiency, or personal character/pride. That person represents the sickness that has crept into our society that has produced generations of people who claim to be victims when in fact their lifestyle and refusal to better themselves with education and changing their values has put them in such economic ruin.
Legal plundering by government: minimum wage, income tax and taxes that are extremely high, like tobacco tax meant to punish a sector of society; subsidies of many types, entitlements (not assistance), public education, and now national health care.
A people who want something for nothing, without working for it and demanding that others pay for it give up their freedom and respectability – government controlling all facets of their life. Meanwhile, others are also paying the price because intrusive laws are passed with no complaints from too many Americans. As in the Communist Manifesto this causes enforced fraternity in which nationalism becomes a tool for the government – speaking out against that government becomes not only politically incorrect, but against laws; all the while plundering private ownership and the productivity of those who believe in self sufficiency.
While FDR opened the door, it was Lyndon B. Johnson who developed the Great Society which caused generations of people who insist that entitlements are their constitutional rights and misuse the phrase “general welfare of the people” as a right of welfare paid by everyone else.
Here are some questions and points that proves my point you can apply to our present federal (and some state) government:
See if the law takes from some persons what belongs to them, and gives it to other persons to whom it does not belong.
See of the law benefits one citizen at the expense of another by doing what the citizen himself can not do without committing a crime.
If such a law is not abolished immediately, it will spread, multiply, and develop into a system.
Bailouts for private sector business is a reward for a business that has squandered or plundered other people’s money and/or livelihood. Unions have plundered for decades, and like parasites, they usually end up killing the host.
Systems of plunder in our present government needs to be addressed – NOW, for example: Department of Education, Department of Health & Human Services, HUD, EPA, amnesty/social benefits for people who immigrate here illegally.
Frédéric Bastiat wrote a blueprint for our society (any society) in his book The Law. He was a French economist and business man, author of many books. His most famous being the aforementioned book published in 1850. He proclaimed that the sole purpose of government is to defend and protect the right of an individual to life, liberty, and property; and from that definition it was concluded that the law cannot defend life, liberty, and property if it promotes socialist policies. If so, the law is perverted and turns against those three important entities of life, liberty, and property – what government is designed to defend. He also stated that it is “legalized plunder” for those in government or an elite class of citizens who encourage lower economic class people to revolt or use socialism to institute the legal plunder. He believed that the role of the consumer was the key to economic progress. He wrote:
We cannot doubt that self-interest is the mainspring of human nature. It must be clearly understood that this word is used here to designate a universal, incontestable fact, resulting from the nature of man, and not an adverse judgment, as would be the word selfishness.
Walter Williams, distinguished column writer for Townhall and other publications, as well as his own website, and professor of economics [George Mason University], wrote a foreword to Frédéric Bastiat’s The Law . . .
After reading the book I was convinced that a liberal-arts education without an encounter with Bastiat is incomplete. Reading Bastiat … organized my philosophy of life. …it created order in my thinking about liberty and just human conduct. Many philosophers have made important contributions to the discourse on liberty, Bastiat among them. . . . Clarity is crucial to persuading our fellowman of the moral superiority of personal liberty.
People of any nation can gather their resources in order to protect individuals and private property for the good of all people when it comes to physical strength, organizational strength, political strength, and economic strength. The proper amount of government can not only make people free, but keep them free; however, it is the responsibility of the people to safeguard those rights and liberties by ensuring that those they elect do not take them away in any manner or form, as well as ensure that they are not persuaded by those in government to trade those rights and liberties for benefits received at the expense of others.
William Blackstonewas an English lawyer whose lectures inspired those who signed the Declaration of Independence and framed the Constitution of the United States and the prime laws of the former English colonies. He was educated at Oxford and was called to the Bar in 1746. He was confirmed as the first Vinerian Professor of English Law and influenced Americans like John Marshall, James Wilson, John Jay, John Adams, James Kent, and Abraham Lincoln. His Commentaries are still cited in the Supreme Court today.
. . . limitation of government power . . . liberty to combine individual right into collective right . . . is an indispensable support . . . for the right of citizens to publicly petition and criticize government. . . .
In Blackstone’s A Just and Enduring Government:
. . . the last auxiliary right of the subject, is having arms for their defense.
So, where did the government today, far removed from the republic for which it was created, get the power that the Internal Revenue Service wields in distributing income from one class to another, intruding upon personal lives, countering against the concept of innocent until proven guilty, and the power the agency has over private property of the People? The IRS is an instrument, an American gestapo, that acts on behalf of the executive branch of government with the blessing of Congress to forcefully take from the People’s earned income and distribute some of it to others through the means of the present tax system. The income tax system punishes through a progressive tax rate system those that are productive and successful and gives some of it to the unproductive, unsuccessful part of society. History demonstrates, as well as the present economic crisis, that by performing such actions it hurts everyone and eventually there is no money left and the economy collapses.
None of this conforms to the individual rights that the Founders of our republican government established or within the limited powers of the Constitution they framed and enacted.
Law has become perverted and even the Supreme Court justices cannot recognize that laws like the so-called ObamaCare national health care system is completely unconstitutional, not just the part about mandating taxes for punishment of certain persons in society.
Mitt Romney‘s character is not in question, for he has served in political office with no salary accepted, because he is fortunate to make enough from his endeavors of private life to afford such a noble gesture. However, his record indicates that he is not standing firm against the encroachment of democratic-socialism that has subverted our republican form of government. When it comes to the US Constitution, there can be no compromise. If honest changes are to be made, an amendment must be approved by two thirds of Congress and enacted after careful thought and consideration of the short- and long-term impact it would have. Laws must be for the betterment of all, not a special interest or a minority group who wants to exercise certain rights they want against the rights of others.
The problem with modern politicians (who should endeavor to be statesmen or stateswomen) is that they are not educated enough when it comes to the how, why and what for of our US Constitution as well as the classic education that the Framers had in creating it. That education would not require a degree for it can all be self taught just by reading and understanding the Constitution and its supported reading material provided by the likes of Bastiat and Blackstone as well as Americans like Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, and other founders. Their works are not outdated because they had the foresight of examining all aspects of law and recognizing that natural lawis the foundation of all good laws.
When law and morality contradict each other, the citizen has the cruel alternative of either losing his moral sense or losing his respect for the law.
When laws allow legal plundering and disallow any criticism, dissidents soon disappear because individual liberties have disappeared.
Barack H. Obama has, as his predecessors have, continued the policies that increase society’s dependence upon government, when in fact it is the government that causes problems because of its failure to limit its power and increase its inefficiency. President Obama has breached constitutional law on several occasions, but there is not even a whisper of impeachment hearings taking place. Therefore, it is We the People who must use the power of the ballot in order to remove him from the office he was not qualified to hold in the first place.
Meanwhile, during the election process, anyone who advocates constitutional law and reformation of government according to those articles and amendments; they are labeled as “radicals” instead of wise patriots.
Since Mitt Romneyis the leading candidate to stand against transgressions against constitutional law, the oppressive policies and continued legal plunder actions – he must stand not only against Barack Obama and his democratic-socialist policies and mandates, but also actively seek honest reform based upon those founding principles that created the American republic.
IfMitt Romney is sincere in his purpose, then he must gather all the best experts to administer government – constitutionalists, economists, et cetera that make up the President’s cabinet. Mr. Romney will also require a Congress that is determined to review past law, condone the limit of government according to the powers afforded by the Constitution and ensure that the justices of the Supreme Court do not legislate from the bench but provide the sole service of upholding the Constitution as it was written – not as some foreign law dictates or the will of special interest, self-interest entity wants.
It has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all the others that have been tried.
It is why the founders of our nation and the framers of our Constitution decided upon a republic, as Benjamin Franklinannounced as he left Independence Hall when it was voted upon. He also stated:
They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither safety nor liberty.
For pure democracy is just as able to become polluted as other forms of government that are not a constitutional republic.
Finally, no president or no member of Congress can be successful in such a large task of reforming our government back to the republican form if We the People hold on to the concept that entitlements are part of our rights and liberties – for then we are taking part in the legal plunderthat Bastiat referred to and our founders were aware of what may happen.
It would have been far easier to protect and abide by constitutional law in the workings of our government than having to reform what has come of it – but I have faith in the basic American who will resolve to be patient as long as real and honest accomplishments are employed by those we have elected, hopefully with the aforementioned prerequisites in mind.
In order to do this we must ignore the mainstream media’s manipulation of our electoral and political system – especially when they refer to constitutionalists as “radicals”. We must ignore the propaganda in the form of TV and radio ads that are nothing but smears with no solid presentation of solutions to problems.
In that respect, along with self educating ourselves in the principles and concepts of constitutional and natural law, we can once again be the role model for all nations to emulate.
As in all good leadership qualities, we must lead by example.
I pray that We the People see this before it is too late to do anything about it.