The current U.S. Federal taxing scheme is exasperating if not convoluted and intentionally vague to incomprehensible. Any belief that fair is a concept in governmental oversight, only needs to look at the IRS for re-evaluation. There is not lack of proposals of change to manipulate and recalculate. It is only a matter of whom to bestow gracious favor. The government is in the business of choosing winners and losers. Economically “fair” is a concept that is misplaced in a fluid and vibrant free market. Fair requires a static economy that can be studied and managed. Keynesian’s believe such managing of the economy is achievable with their diligent studies, charts and graphs. So it should not be surprising that government and central bank collude to impress and befuddle with their omnipotent grandeur. The only practical reasons for such deception is to cover a theft a plundering of the citizens of magnitude.
The call for governmental reform and transparency resonates with the populace, so politicians echo sanctimoniously. The speeches passionately delivered and warmly received, will in the end provide no resolution from dissonance. There will be unending debates and ridicule of solutions, those endangering the power structure, vehemently denounced as radical. The messenger will be derided as inept and conspiratorial, quickly vanquished by hyperbole. Remember the King tyrant deemed us radicals for demanding liberty. The importance of this action is not to lecture to innocence, but to take away the pleas of ignorance. For if we are to have a government of the people, the people are responsible for safeguarding their freedom and liberty. Government no matter it’s intentions is by nature oppressive.
Freedom and liberty is the ability to make decisions unencumbered regarding life and property, without impinging on the natural rights of others. In 1913 the U.S. Government became chief arbitrator and enforcer of bestowed rights with the 16th amendment. The importance of understanding that the government decides how much prosperity your allowed to keep, not how much you pay. The government by determining the allocation of the fruit of labor transitioned the American people into a slave master relationship. For those that would claim the nation will implode without the 16th need only look at 1912 surpluses. No legitimate reform in taxation can be achieved without first abolishing the 16th amendment.
The first proposal for a tax reform bill should be to abolish the 16th amendment, replacing it with nothing. Any proposal that maintains the 16th by either manipulating or shrinking the tax code needs to be rejected out of hand, including any iteration of the FLAT TAX. The proposal of the VAT/BCT tax is a reminder of attempts to hide the true cost of government and is intellectually misleading. The need to return to a constitutional limited government may need a transitional taxing scheme to pave the way to prosperity. Reluctantly the FAIR TAX would be more advantageous to the American people. The provision of a “pre-bate”, political appeasement tactic, should be left on the table as the embodiment of socialism through a monthly government check. Consumers reminded daily by the receipt in their hand of the high cost of government will demand a decreasing rate, until a proper limited government is achieved.
Next time I’ll focus on the printing tax, the largest tax ever imposed on the American people.