The Tax Code as a Weapon of Government

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Our current method of taxation allows elected officials to maintain power over citizens. A consumption tax eliminates this.

Submitted: March 01, 2010

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The Tax Code as a Weapon of Government

Because this subject is so volatile today, it is important to begin with a brief acknowledgement of certain facts. First, unlike many other countries, the government of the United States is by, for, and of the people; it is not inherently evil. There are self serving men and women in the government and evil acts have resulted from the actions of these people. But, The People still have complete control over our government.

We have not done a very good job in exercising our control. And, we have often, no usually, let our elected officials do whatever they wished with little correction from us. If the Tax Code we now have is a weapon to be used by the government against us, we have no one to blame but ourselves.

The fact remains that the power to tax provides elected officials with a source of power more addictive than heroin. And, power is the drug of choice in Washington, DC.

The current tax system in this country requires the taxpayer to find ways to avoid taxes. This does not mean the taxpayer is encouraged to evade taxes, but to find legal ways of reducing his or her tax burden. The taxpayer greatly resents the government holding him/her at the point of a gun , figuratively speaking, and forcefully taking his or her monies.

The current tax system is not fully in accord with the Constitution. Now, I am not an attorney and I am not qualified to comment upon this with any great expertise. But, the Constitution is clear. To Wit:

Article 1, Section. 8. ?Clause 1: The Congress shall have Power to lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defense and general Welfare of the United States; but all Duties, Imposts and Excises shall be uniform throughout the United States; ??Article I, Section. 9. ?Clause 4: No Capitation, or other direct, Tax shall be laid, unless in Proportion to the Census or Enumeration herein before directed to be taken. 

Some would say that the 16 Amendment allowed for the imposition of an income tax. But, there is some rather strong debate as to whether or not the 16th Amendment was ever really ratified. As in the current administration, the Taft administration has been accused of ignoring legalities in order to accomplish their goals without regard to proper procedure.

Obviously all this lends confusion to the real question. That real question is how is the power to levy taxes being used as a power base or as a weapon against the people? Legalities and necessities aside, have those in power misused this power and are they using the threat of all the powers of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to impose their will upon the people?

The basic premise upon which this article is based is that the people should never be afraid of their government. Rather, it is appropriate that the government should always fear the wrath of the people. In a later article this same premise will be the basis for an argument for the right of the people to keep and bear arms.

Today, almost every taxpayer is fearful of the IRS. Even if the taxpayer has been diligent and careful in the preparation of his or her tax return, the fear remains that something could be wrong. The IRS could audit him or her and the consequences “could” be something to fear. Many taxpayers have “fudged” a little and live in fear of being caught. And, of even greater import, Congress uses the threat of higher taxes, or lower taxes for those who pay no tax, or taxing the rich (to be defined as the politician decides later), or even that most feared of all, the temporary surtax which always seems to become permanent.

Whether any of the previous paragraph is accurate or not is irrelevant. That most people believe it to be accurate is relevant. So, we come to the truism that Perception is Reality. That perceived fear gives the individuals in office (Senators and Congresspersons) a very real power over the lives of the citizen.

The only real solution from the point of view of the citizen is for the government to levy a consumption tax and to do away with any direct taxation. That this is the right way to go is not in question. That those with the power to make this change will not do so without almost overpowering threat from the electorate is simply a fact.

The Tax Code as it now exists gives those in office such a high level of power over the citizenry that to willingly give up that power is akin to an addict willingly giving up crack cocaine. In fact, I would suggest that this power is even more addictive than the narcotic.

The people do, however, have the trump card. If the citizenry is sufficiently focused and convincingly vocal, we have the power to force this change; either through the threat of mass ouster of elected officials or their actual ouster. Once aroused, the ire of the people is irresistible and once convinced that the people mean business, elected officials will do whatever is required to keep their jobs and, thus, their position and power.

But, as to what system of consumption tax should be chosen, there are really only two realistic alternatives.The first is the adoption of a flat tax; most probably in the form of a national sales tax. The problems, with this approach are:

the flat tax is to easy to change (raise the tax rate);

the flat tax does not eliminate other forms of taxation.

The most studied and effective consumption tax is the Fair Tax. Fair Tax advantages are:

it has been designed to be revenue neutral;

it rightly transfers the power of taxation away from elected officials to the people who have consented to the tax;

it abolishes the Internal Revenue Service;

all other forms of taxation are eliminated;

a change in tax rate would require either 2/3 or 3/4 approval in both the House and the Senate (as established by enabling legislation);

the underground economy, not now taxed, would be included;

monies sent overseas by individuals or corporate entities, again, as established by enabling legislation, would be taxed at the same rate as monies spent in the United States.

Clearly, the Fair Tax is the only reasonable tax system proposed thus far. And, just as clearly, we must change our system of taxation and revenue generation. It has been amply demonstrated that we cannot trust our elected officials with this power. Because, as has been said many times, power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. The system of taxation we now endure is, indeed, a Weapon of Government. By adopting the Fair Tax, we eliminate that weapon and assure a tax system which is, in fact, fair.


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