Separate and unequal

J.R. FroelichApril 4, 2012 

"He has erected a multitude of new offices, and sent hither swarms of officers, to harass our people, and eat out their substance."

"... with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor."

Declaration of Independence -- July 4, 1776

"The Congress shall have the power

1. To lay and collect taxes, duties, imports, 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."

The Constitution of the United States of America

Article 1, Section 8 - March 4, 1789.

By 1776, King George of England, was "eating out" the very substance of the colonies and a tax on tea was the proverbial straw.

Relying on the protection of "Divine Providence" America prevailed. We are now at a time when our federal, state and local governments have thousands of offices throughout our nation, staffed by hundreds of thousands of agents for the collection of money our governments have legislated as legal. Taxation is probably the most talked about subject with each election.

Who pays what and how much is our "fair share?" That eloquent grand-standing, complete with promised reductions, always results in taxpayers paying more for "stuff" the government gives out to reward their contributors who demand favored tax status.

Regarding Federal Income Tax, we currently have almost half of the population paying zero while demanding that success isn't taxed enough.

Let's do some simple, basic math.

At a 10% federal income tax rate, the citizen who earns $10,000 annually would pay $1,000. A citizen who makes $1 million, would pay $100,000. Who pays the most in taxes, who is penalized? Neither. They pay equally based on income and neither is penalized. If half of the population is paying no federal income tax while the other half pays 17 to 40%, where then is the "uniformity" dictated by our constitution?

Just a side note: I chose 10% because that is the common "tithe" under Christian-Judeo teaching. Is our government really worthy of more than our Creator?

The laws that "We the People" have allowed over many years, have successfully segregated the "haves" and the "have nots." In this respect, our government is acting as a domestic enemy toward our nation. Here are just a few taxes, legalized by our elected officials, which did not even exist 100 years ago:

Inheritance, building permit, CDL license, cigarette, corporate income, dog license, excise, federal income, federal unemployment, fishing and hunting, food license, fuel permit, gasoline, inventory, liquor, luxury, marriage license, personal property, social security, road usage, sales, school, state income and unemployment, seven telephone related taxes, utilities, vehicle registration and many, many more. Think about this -- when our gasoline prices go up, our governments make more money.

To paraphrase an article by retired Orlando Sentinel reporter Charlie Reese: "We the People" don't propose the federal budget, we don't vote on appropriations, we don't write the tax code nor set fiscal policy. Nor do we control monetary policy. Including the House of Representatives, the Senate, the Supreme Court and the president, there are a total of 545 of "them." "We the People" number 300 million.

Socialists, suggest that I am already a supporter of socialism with my participation in Social Security. Socialists and their blinders prevent them from seeing that these programs are required by law, not by freedom. But don't blame them, blame our government mandated educational system.

The problem lies squarely on the voter who chooses charisma over American principles and a government with a voracious appetite unquenched and controlled by politicians who are "progressively" better educated than our founding fathers but lack all wisdom.

All praise be given to the marvelous "payroll deduction plan." Were we required to show up at the tax assessors office once each year to "pay our fair share," there would have been rioting in our streets decades ago.

Patriot Thomas Jefferson may have also been a prophet when he wrote, "The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not." He also wrote, "I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them."

Current tax laws are anti-American.

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