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 Americans 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.
Mitt Romney‘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 (like FDR’s New Deal) 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.
BH Obama has progressed this nation towards socialism and expensive welfare state policies far beyond any of the socialist-minded individuals before him – backed by corruption and those seeking power.
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.
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.
, 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.
Knowledge comes from education, whether it be formal or informal or self-taught – or even taught in a homeschool technique. Importance of knowledge cannot be overemphasized, and indeed, Founders like Thomas Jefferson and Samuel Adams and others agreed that American citizens must understand the Constitution of the United States and its amendments. By so doing, they ensure that their representatives, senators and all elected officials comply with one of the most important documents in the history of civilization. In supporting that Constitution, for that is every citizen’s duty, they must also ensure that society remains virtuous and that the family nucleus is the mainframe and foundation of every nation that is free and successful. It is not the business of the government to raise our children, be it through mandate or through the instrument of teachers in a public educational institution. The task of the teacher is important in every society and in every nation. One should never take that for granted, teachers and professors should receive just compensation for their expensive education and endeavor to provide knowledge so that the youth of our nation, any nation, can be prepared for life. Teachers must teach at the earliest age possible the history of how our nation began and know their Constitution and its amendments in order to vote responsibly and ensure that those elected to office abide by their oath of office. Educational institutions, ultimately, are the entities for gaining knowledge and the students are the sole purpose of those educational institutions. If trade unions interfere with that purpose and disrupt the educational curriculum, the citizens who pay taxes in order to support our public educational facilities should not tolerate this; neither teachers be forced to join a trade union in order to fulfill their obligations of their chosen career or just to be employed. Teachers that belong to trade unions, voluntarily without intimidation, have the right to govern where their dues are spent and not for purchasing political power to further that power of any union. However, since unions are private institutions, they cannot have influence or power over public schools paid for by American taxpayers. It is one of the reasons why the educational system has been so expensive, and instead of correcting that situation by not allowing trade unions to govern civic employees, the unions continue to cause the cost of education to rise. At the same time, in order to meet budgets, too often educational institutions are forced to drop academic curriculum that is important in the intellectual and knowledgeable benefits for the students.
This is why many Americans believe that educational institutions have become more about teachers and administrations than the gist and sole purpose of its existence – the students.
Any nation that does not have educational institutions with high standards and the encouragement of free and creative thinking are only instruments of a tyrannical government who limits what knowledge students learn.
No people will tamely surrender their liberties, nor can any be easily subdued, when knowledge is diffused and virtue is preserved. On the contrary, when people are universally ignorant, and debauched in their manners, they will sink under their own weight without the aid of foreign invaders.
Samuel Adams, letter to James Warren, 1775
Samuel Adams, letter to James Warren, 1775
Children should be educated and instructed in the principles of freedom.John Adams (Defense of the Constitutions, 1787)
The foundation of national morality must be laid in private families… In vain are Schools, Academies, and Universities instituted, if loose principles and licentious habits are impressed upon children in their earliest years… The vices and examples of the parents cannot be concealed from the children. How is it possible that children can have any just sense of the Sacred Obligations of Morality or Religion if, from their earliest Infancy, they learn their mothers live in habitual infidelity to their fathers, and their fathers in as constant infidelity to their mothers?John Adams 1778
Whether values come from religious morals within a family or by parents who appreciate and hold importance of values as civic duty – the end result is the same. Major issues of our nation today that has destroyed our economic freedom, thus destroying prosperity; as well as society allowing itself to be corrupted by those who believe values and civic morals do not apply in “modern society” are fooling themselves and leading the nation toward self-destruction through corruption and tyrants who seek to hold power.
The Founders laid a good foundation. Our present situation has developed from its citizens forgetting those principles, responsibilities, and values that maintain a stable society and government. As the Founders knew from experience and history, those principles were set to hold freedom and liberty sacred for every citizen of the nation and keep it. Trading promised false security and prosperity for liberties and freedoms was, and is today, not an option.
They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.Benjamin Franklin, An Historical Review of the Constitution and Government of Pennsylvania, 1759
Sell not virtue to purchase wealth, nor Liberty to purchase power.Benjamin Franklin, Poor Richard’s Almanack, 1738