Instead of writing a longer post with a deeper theme, I thought I’d just take a few moments to reflect on how our government has abused, beyond imagination, it’s taxing authority. Particularly since ratification of the 16th Amendment in 1913, which established the Federal tax on income. That was 101 years ago. “Taxed Enough Already!” was the rallying cry in April, 2009. With the birth of the Tea Party, it seemed an awakening had started.
Article 1, Section 8 of our Constitution, lists the legitimate functions of the Federal Government. These are the enumerated powers, or in other words, what your taxes are supposed to be used for. So if you’re standing in line at the Post Office, read on.
The Congress shall have 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; but all Duties, Imposts and Excises shall be uniform throughout the United States;
To provide for the Punishment of counterfeiting the Securities and current coin of the United States;
To provide and maintain a Navy;
To make Rules for the Government and Regulation of the land and naval Forces;
To provide for calling forth the Militia to execute the Laws of the Union, suppress Insurrections and repel Invasions;
To provide for organizing, arming, and disciplining, the Militia, and for governing such Part of them as may be employed in the Service of the United States, reserving to the States respectively, the Appointment of the Officers, and the Authority of training the Militia according to the discipline prescribed by Congress;
To exercise exclusive Legislation in all Cases whatsoever, over such District (not exceeding ten Miles square) as may, by Cession of particular States, and the Acceptance of Congress, become the Seat of the Government of the United States, and to exercise like Authority over all Places purchased by the Consent of the Legislature of the State in which the Same shall be, for the Erection of Forts, Magazines, Arsenals, dock-Yards, and other needful Buildings;—And
To make all Laws which shall be necessary and proper for carrying into Execution the foregoing Powers, and all other Powers vested by this Constitution in the Government of the United States, or in any Department or Officer thereof.
My, how things have changed… so much that I doubt the Founders even recognize this Republic.
I heard one of the silliest notions ever on talk radio today, that really illustrated why it will never get better until we start understanding the war that’s being waged here. The “conservative” host put forth the idea that Tax Day should be shared with Election Day, claiming that would somehow stop the taxation madness. Really!? As if suddenly all the Progressives and Statists that dominate the ruling class in this Country would suddenly cut off their own lifeblood, the key to funding the utopian nightmare they’re so fond of making us live in. As if a politician ever kept his word in any election cycle. The sheer idiocy… from someone who claims to be on “our side.”
I’m going to tell you something unpleasant, that flies in the face of these poor, talking-points-dependent scholars of trivia. It all comes down to how today’s American electorate answers this question: What is the role of government in my life supposed to be? The problem is, many of them haven’t got an earthly clue why the answer matters. Even more seem to want the government to take their money and do these things they have no business doing.
I’m afraid Tax Day is here to stay until those circumstances change.