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Taxed Enough Already: A Brief History of U.S. Taxation

The power to tax is the power to destroy.

by
Larry Greenfield

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April 15, 2013 - 10:12 am
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Bloated federal spending, a massive national debt, and unfunded liabilities for entitlement programs that Mr. Obama resists reforming promise to keep taxes high on current and future workers. Washington continues to resist a flat tax that would simplify the tax code.

We are taxed on accounts receivable, alcohol, art, birth, books, buildings, cars, clothes, computers, death, dining, education, energy, entertainment, food, fuel, health care, hotel stays, active and passive income, luxuries, marriages, Medicare, real property, recreation, social security, sales, transportation, travel, watercraft, wells, and workmen’s compensation.

Add in local, city, county, state, and federal taxes, and a range of assessments, enhancements, fees, fines, licenses, permits, and tolls.

The massive estate tax crushes family farms and small businesses; that’s taxation even without respiration. Compliance costs for all taxpayers result in lost national productivity.

The U.S. corporate tax rate is the highest among Western economies, stunting economic growth and job creation.

Proposals abound for additional new taxes on carbon emissions, internet sales, vehicle miles driven, land, wealth, savings, financial transactions, and for exit taxes for those departing high tax states and the U.S. for lower tax havens.

The UN wants to impose a global poverty tax on citizens.

Cyprus now grabs savings deposits from account holders. France has raised the top income tax rate to 75%, causing an exodus of earners.

Government avarice has no limits. Former U.S. Chief Justice John Marshall once expressed the fundamental axiom that the power to tax involves the power to destroy. Our greatest economist, Milton Friedman, taught that what we tax, we get less of. He noted that we now have a system that increasingly taxes work, and subsidizes not working.

U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) repeats a truism: We need not more taxes, but more taxpayers.

The Tea Party will be back.

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Larry Greenfield is a fellow in American studies at the Claremont Institute, and senior fellow of the American Freedom Alliance.

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I don't mind the 47% who do not pay taxes. What really chaps my a$$ is that I have to feed the Ba$tards with food stamps and welfare when there is not one word in the Constitution authorizing the Federal Government to perform any Charity or Welfare of any type to people or other nations...
Maybe it is time for the TPP to file a lawsuit against the Federal Government for Involuntary Servitude (Slavery) and push it to the SCOTUS and see what the Stooges have to say about it.... Anybody interested in OUR EQUALITY??
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"Congress eliminated the income tax in 1872. Revived in 1894, the U.S. Supreme Court decided the next year that the income tax was unconstitutional because it was not apportioned among the states in conformity with the Constitution."

That is not correct.
A tax on rent and other income from properties and a tax on interest from state and municipal securities and a tax on dividends derived from such was declared a direct tax and so had to be apportioned, but the basic income tax on ordinary wages was not declared unconstitutional.
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I think that limiting the size of the federal government is the only way out of this mess. Limit its size to 10% of GDP with a minimum of 5% of GDP to go to the military. Any variation would be by supermajority 2/3 + 2/3 and only last one year. Target year 2150 as the 10% year and we'd get there gradually. The States would reclaim their proper place in the political scheme of things.

That and have a one-year sunshine amendment to the constitution stating that all bills (except emergency supermajority bills) would have to wait one year after introduction before the Congress could vote on them.
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Mark,
My mom when she was alive used to tell me,what it was like after the depression hit 1929.Her own dad said;Goverment told people that taxes would never go above a certain small percentage.So basically they've been decieve us for ages now.Why can't anyone be truthful with us?My brother&his wife have 4 girls&they don't know how they are going to pay taxes in 2013.Liz Obama doesn't care that as a nation were crumbling.
1 year ago
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so having the social security reduction in rate, going back to the proper rate to fund social security is bad, but raising tax rate back to prior rate of 39% is good.

And we are to believe those that spout this nonsense as serious??????????
1 year ago
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Why bother working?

Its a lot easier to sit on your butt and claim disability.
1 year ago
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On Drudge, there is a blurb about a new poll wherein a majority think that their taxes are "fair". The fairness of the taxes paid can be viewed in different ways. First, is it "fair" relative to what others pay. Is it fair considering the cost of bloated government spending. Is it fair when hard working peoples' taxes are used to subsidize a large group of people who have no intent to ever work or be responsible for themselves.

The word "fair" is wishy-washy in that it is almost meaningless to describe anything but emotions devoid of facts. But, that is what our Leftist government likes, pure emotion with no analytical thinking, no response based on knowledge of facts. The poll is nothing but meaningless garbage at best.

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Considering 47% of the adults of working age pay no income tax, I can see where they would think their taxes (0%) are fair. It wouldn't take much to raise that 47% to 55%.... just ask follywood.
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