Last night’s “fiscal cliff” vote was a revolutionary act…and by that, I mean it was reason enough for an actual insurrection, a real revolution.
While in theory, you had representation for the vote, what you saw is an exercise in taxation without representation as the government voted, as it has since the days of FDR’s New Deal, to protect itself by taking your tax money and illegitimately placing the direct burden disproportionately on a small segment of the population who simply do not have enough power in numbers or influence to stop it.
Sure, it was “the rich” who got stuck with the bill but the moral hazard that a progressive tax system and the ability of government to unequally impose taxes creates has resulted in a perfect example of tyranny of the majority…and in a pure, raw exercise of “progressive” power, the communists in the Senate and the House, along with their “go along to get along” fellow travelers in the Republican Party enacted a plan that does absolutely nothing to cure the problem of spending and debt – Hell, the CBO says that it actually ADDS almost 4 trillion to the deficits over the next 10 years – while punishing a segment of our successful population under the guise of “fairness”.
Zero Hedge has a chart that puts this in stark perspective about how little this tax increase actually does:
Folks, this is tyranny – out in the open, in your face, raw and exposed tyranny. Now the next fight will be over the debt ceiling of which Obama said yesterday:
While I will negotiate over many things, I will not have another debate with this Congress about whether or not they should pay the bills they have already racked up.
What pure, unmitigated hypocrisy from the greatest communist spendthrift in the history of America…but it is working for him – he prods and schemes with his henchmen behind the scenes and with a wink and a nod from Congressional Democrats, he gets his abomination of a government funded and then has the temerity to criticize Congress for spending too much and not paying for it.
I was wrong about Obama, I used to think he was incompetent – but this guy is evil incarnate. He is spinning the wheels of destruction that were set in motion by FDR.
He heads a government, including a large percentage of supposedly “conservative” Republicans, that caters to the takers – even fears them. It penalizes the makers and is dedicated to redistribution of income as a method of their own survival. I believe that they have actually convinced themselves that Americans simply cannot survive without government…and we have a large segment of our populace who also believe that they can use government to take from the producers for their own benefit because they honestly believe that it is “due” to them. Pure envy, that’s all it is. In my 53 years of life, I have never seen more discussion in politics about what other people have than in the past 15 years…communist Democrats have convinced the general public that “the rich” are evil even as it is their own federal policies that have beggared them (John Fund has a great piece at NRO about the “forgotten scandal” and reminds us how these Congressional rats cover each other).
What can be done?
Until we can elect people more interested in fiscal sanity, narrowing the role of government and caring more about the people who pay the bills than power, there isn’t much. Here are some recommendations:
- Barter. The current tax system is encouraging the increase in a black market system by which non-cash trades of goods and services are the medium of exchange. Consider trading your accounting services for a plumbing job, or maybe your kids do lawn work in exchange for other services.
- Accumulate wealth, not income. Invest as much as possible – at least for now, dividends are not taxed as much as income and they haven’t started to try to confiscate wealth…yet. Buy property that you can use or trade its use for something else. Buy an eighth of an acre plot and start a vegetable garden or trade the space to someone in exchange for produce from the lot.
- Become as self-sufficient as possible. See #2 above. Grow your own food – it is surprising how much yield a small plot of ground or a planter box can yield. Every tomato, potato or green bean that is home grown avoids a transaction that can be taxed and any excess can be used to barter.
- Avoid taxes – do not evade them, evasion is illegal. Understand that the system is rigged against you, middle-income earners do not have the opportunities that the upper level and the lower income people do to shield income. This is the obscene fallacy of how the politicians “support the middle class” when the fact is that this is the class with the least ability to use the laws to protect their income.
- If you own a business or are in a position of authority in a company, work as hard as you can to grow your business – you will no doubt be punished for your success in the short term but we have to get people off the dole and employed or we will continue to see votes for more handouts. Businesses have to grow the tax base as much as possible. I know this sounds counter-intuitive based on today’s conventional wisdom but the more people we have paying taxes, the more people will have a reason to understand why we need to cut them.
I’ll say it again; we have to do three things:
- Fight for legal and legislative respect for the Tenth Amendment:
- “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”
- Repeal of the Seventeenth Amendment and reverting to the original Article I, Section 3:
- Current: “The Senate of the United States shall be composed of two Senators from each State, elected by the people thereof, for six years; and each Senator shall have one vote. The electors in each State shall have the qualifications requisite for electors of the most numerous branch of the State legislatures.
- Former: Article I, Section 3: The Senate of the United States shall be composed of two Senators from each State, chosen by the Legislature thereof, for six Years; and each Senator shall have one Vote.
- Repeal of the Current Tax Payment Act of 1943
- This Act mandated automatic withholding of federal income tax, effectively making private employers the agents of the IRS.
These three actions, perhaps more than any others, would return the power of government to the people through decentralization of government, ending the hegemony of lobbyists in D.C., devolving the centralized socialist planning philosophy of Washington, making elections on a state level relevant to national government (it would matter who controls state legislatures due to the appointment of Senators by those respective bodies) and returning the power of the purse to the people. I maintain that having to plan for and pay taxes directly out of your bank account creates a greater degree of sensitivity for how much money government spends and why.
There is a reason that the government codified the collection of taxes and things like the Obamacare “mandate”. They know that the only check against a government that has an unlimited ability to impose taxes at will is to be able to legally refuse to pay them – otherwise the vault door is permanently unlocked.