Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Taking bread from our mouths...
In a few minutes I will be in my town's post office mailing a check for $2,074 to the United States Treasury. This may not seem like much to many of you but this is on top of the well into five figures in income taxes I have already paid for 2011. According to the federal government I did not pay enough when I paid those five figures so I need to send in a little bit more.
Today I am painfully reminded of the sage words of Thomas Jefferson the day he became President of the United States:
"A wise and frugal government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, which shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government."
From 1776-1913 there existed no income tax on anyone living in America. During that time a system of sales taxes, tariffs and excise taxes led to the average American paying about $10-$20 per year in taxes. Of course during that time we were also largely free of the massive welfare and crony capitalism state we now live in whereby economic parasites bleed our earnings in order to buy their bread (food stamps) or grow the wheat for our bread (farm subsidies for rich corporate farms).
Today, more than 60% of every dollar we pay in taxes is simply a transfer to another human being who has successfully figured out a way to live off of the fruits of plunder. In exchange for that 60% we do not get to have the welfare recipient or corporate thief come to our homes to mow our grass, wash our cars or even say, "Hey, thank you for your money...." Nothing but the hand of greed in our pockets every day - unless we don't pay enough every day and then today we get to pay even more.
The reason we did not have income taxes from the founding of our nation until the 16th amendment was ratified is because the Founders accurately considered "direct taxes" to be a taking of private property without the consent of the governed. Since the right to property was (and is supposed to be) a "natural" or "God-given" right in the Lockeian tradition, it was understood that income taxation would violate every principle our nation was founded on. To Jefferson, direct taxation would make us slaves. Slaves?
Well, yes. Think about it. If today I send the Treasury Department an envelope with no money but instead a note explaining my rights as a citizen of this nation, I will first be fined and ordered to surrender my property. If I refuse, I risk losing my home (my property). If I stand on my porch with a representation of my 2nd amendment rights the day Treasury officials arrive to take my home, I will be shot or arrested, or both.
If you can arrive in jail or in the morgue for defending your property from government theft, what else are you but a slave to that government? All slaves have learned over time that the best way to stay alive is to obey their master.
Therefore, I now leave for the post office to send my master my property in exchange for one more year of "freedom" on his plantation.