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Taxes and Government

Posted by TheJOTUS on January 25, 2008

declaration_independence.jpgWe need government and its coercive powers to protect our natural rights to life, liberty and property.  Protecting these rights is the legitimate and moral role of government in a free society.  So in that respect, we need government, which means we need taxes.  But as Thomas Jefferson once said “The natural progress of things is for government to gain ground and for liberty to yield.”   

Jefferson was absolutely right.  Today the average worker pays close to 40% of his yearly earnings to the criminals at the federal, state and local levels.  Even more, there is little a person can do that is not regulated by some government command, be it flushing our toilets, building a house, driving a car or even getting married.  Sure we can blame our pompous politicians for an increasingly oppressive government.  But the real blame is with the American people. 

But what is our government’s job?  Our government’s job is laid out in (I looked it up.  You can too!!) Article 1, Section 8, of the U.S. Constitution.  It gives Congress authority to lay and collect taxes to provide for roughly, among other things, roads, defense, printing money and the establishment of courts.  If members of Congress honored their oath and did only what the Constitution allowed, federal spending would be closer to the 4 percent mark instead of the 40 percent level it is at now.   

I am positive there is some liberal who will respond by saying something about the “general welfare” clause of the Constitution (then again, a liberal would have to read the Constitution first).  It basically authorizes Congress to tax and spend for Medicare, food stamps, crop subsidies and other gimmie handouts.  This is pure crap.  If the framers had that vision, they wouldn’t have put the effort they did in writing it.  They would have just said: Congress has the power to collect taxes to provide for all those things Americans would like to have but are unable or unwilling to pay for.  They didn’t because they had better vision and foresight.  They looked to limit the threat to your liberty by limiting what Congress could do.  Perhaps Congress needs a history lesson.

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3 Responses to “Taxes and Government”

  1. zulubuff said

    The feds began taking federal powere using the constitution. Article 1, section 8, paragraph 18 is known as the elastic clause or the necessary and proper clause. In the 1800s under chief justice marshall, it was ruled that congress could make legislation beyond what is in the constitution. For example: Congress has the right to regulate interstate commerce. because of that and congress’ ability to doing anything necessary and proper, they can regulate things like guns. Because the components of the guns are manufactured throughout the country and because they are traded throughout the country.

  2. zackzilla said

    Ok, but the arguement was Congress is ignoring the intent of the Framers.

  3. zulubuff said

    I agree, they have used its own language to pervert it purpose

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