One of my breathless friends sent me a link to a video which purports that the income tax is unconstitutional.
It isn’t my purpose in this post to defend this assertion, nor to refute it. Instead, I would like to present for discussion the idea that to a certain extent, taxes are a necessary evil, and we the taxpayers aren’t doing our jobs if we aren’t closely watching those who levy these taxes.
I’ve posted in the past that I am in favor of taxes being levied only for specific purposes, such as taxing fuel for use in funding the maintenance and construction of transportation projects and nothing else. Such a process would not require that one become a de facto member of the government in order to keep track of the collection of such funds and their disbursement, as the oversight should be relatively simple, even for the average voter.
Allow me to shift track for a moment. It is an economic fact that all goods and services require payment. You would feel sorely abused if your boss expected you to work for no pay, for example. (S)he would feel sorely abused if you expected to be paid for no work.
It is no different when the purveyor of certain goods and services is the government.
Imagine the chaos that would ensue if the country were to adopt a position I once read on a Libertarian web site. Said position stood completely against public ownership of any property, advocating instead that those who lived adjacent to any such property would be the owner. Let’s look at roads in this context as long as I have already brought them up.
Most of us live on one side of our local streets or roads, and often we have neighbors living across said paved pathway, and also along it on either side of us. If I were to leave my property, I would be obliged to pay a toll to every “owner” whose “property” I crossed anytime I went anywhere. The toughest would extort, I mean, ask for the highest tolls, while others would have to rely upon a sense of justice and fairness in the traveler to compel payment.
But in what form would the payment be? Without the service of the government in regulating the value of specie, one would have to pay in some form of good or service. Transporting goods would itself require some form of toll being paid, and providing services in trade for passage would mean that one wouldn’t be able to travel very far. One couldn’t afford it, whether in goods or labor time.
I hope you can see that a proposal such as this would cause far more trouble than it solves. It is much easier and efficient to allow the avenues of transportation to be held in common, with all of us paying for their construction and hiring dedicated workers (whether governmental or private matters not) for its upkeep to be paid for via taxes.
It is no different in the areas of public safety and national defense. Would you rather have police, fire, and military under the control of the people (assuming this wasn’t our current era under Bush the Usurper) and paid for through taxation, or would you be willing instead to have to pay Blackwater Security a much higher monthly fee? Either way, you are paying for security. The only difference is how much.
Let’s also look at public health. Was it such a hot idea to gut the funding of the agencies that monitored irrigation water so that they couldn’t prevent the recent e coli breakout? A small fee paid by all for such monitoring would have saved the spinach and lettuce growers from a never-ending bankruptcy which will force them out of business.
So it comes down to this. You are a shareholder in the United States of America. Your job is to conduct oversight of your elected representatives. They are your employees. Act like their boss for once.
If the government of your elected representatives is providing goods and services of which you do not approve, then you aren’t doing your job as a voter. If you are letting your political party to decide for you what is appropriate and just, you are not doing your job as a voter.
Not sure what to look for? You might begin by reading Washington’s 1796 Farewell Address – especially the parts concerning “factions”. You might find them sounding very familiar in spite of their quaint and archaic language, for they concern the very political parties which have long forgotten that they work for us, and not the other way around.
It’s your country. Do you care enough to do your duty to your country and your fellow citizens? If not, then you will pay as much as your government chooses to levy upon you, and you can quitcherbitchin.Powered by Sidelines