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Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Senators plan push to end income tax

Lawmakers looking to replace current code with flat-rate levy on business transactions

A South Carolina senator dissatisfied with the results of a Bush advisory panel's recommendations on tax reform is set to introduce a bill to abolish federal income tax in favor of a levy on business transactions.

Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C., told the New York Sun he would put his plan before the Senate tomorrow. The proposal calls for an end to all personal income taxes and the attendant bevy of related taxes, deductions and exemptions, including the estate tax and the alternative minimum tax. The plan would eliminate the need for Americans to file income tax returns....
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Finally! This needs to be done, but this isn't the first time such legislation has been introduced. HR 25 (the Fair Tax) has been sitting in committee since 2000, and it proposes a similar kind of tax code restructuring that eliminates the income tax and the IRS. The truth is, there are lot's of possible ways the federal government can collect sufficient revenue without having an income tax or an IRS. The reason why none of them have taken off yet is because the issue isn't really about money. It's about power. So long as the federal government has the power to access your paycheck directly, it can bypass all the checks and balances in our US Constitution that were designed to keep it under control. It gives the federal government the power to influence your spending habits, your saving habits, and your overall behavior. It even gives the federal government the power to influence whether or not you marry and how many children you have. You see, once the federal government has direct access (i.e. income tax) to your prosperity, it is able to control your behavior. Once it is able to control your behavior, you are no longer free. It's exactly the kind of system the founding fathers viewed as repugnant. It defeats the whole reason behind the American Revolution.

But wait! It gets worse. Having an overpowering and intrusive federal government is one thing. But having politicians who use it to their advantage is another. And that is exactly what we have under the income tax system, because politicians manipulate your voting habits by promising "tax reform" in one way or another. Conservative politicians manipulate your vote by promising tax breaks. Liberal politicians manipulate your vote by promising tax hikes on the people who "deserve it" (i.e. corporations and "the rich"). It's all hogwash and manipulation. It has nothing to do with real tax reform, and it has nothing to do with fixing the real problem. The problem is the income tax SYSTEM itself. It's a wealth redistribution scheme originally invented by none other than Karl Marx in his Communist Manifesto. But don't take my word for it, see for yourself...

From the Communist Manifesto (1848)...

1. Abolition of property in land and application of all rents of
land to public purposes.

2. A heavy progressive or graduated income tax.

3. Abolition of all rights of inheritance.

4. Confiscation of the property of all emigrants and rebels.

5. Centralization of credit in the banks of the state, by means of a
national bank with state capital and an exclusive monopoly.

6. Centralization of the means of communication and transport in he
hands of the state.

7. Extension of factories and instruments of production owned by the
state; the bringing into cultivation of waste lands, and the
improvement of the soil generally in accordance with a common plan.

8. Equal obligation of all to work. Establishment of industrial
armies, especially for agriculture.

9. Combination of agriculture with manufacturing industries; gradual
abolition of all the distinction between town and country by a
more equable distribution of the populace over the country.

10. Free education for all children in public schools. Abolition of
children's factory labor in its present form. Combination of
education with industrial production, etc.

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Please take note of step 2. That was established in the United States in 1913 upon America's entry into World War I. It was passed by constitutional amendment with the promise that it would eventually be repealed as soon as the war was over. By the looks of things, we're still paying on that damn war! Since then the tax code has continually become more and more graduated, and every attempt to return to a "flat income tax" has only resulted in a slow change back to the Marxist graduated income tax. The problem is the system itself. It's unamerican and communist! It needs to be abolished. It must be abolished. And sooner or later IT WILL be abolished. Why? Because market forces will mandate it. Marxism doesn't work. It's been nearly a century since it was first implemented. Everywhere in the world where it's been tried, it has failed. Even in places like the USA, where only a small fraction of Marxism was adopted, (see step 2 above), it is failing. Our income tax code is like a flashing neon sign on our shores saying "keep your business investments out of America." It becomes tax prohibitive for international companies to set up shop here. It also inflates the price of all our goods and services by about 30%, which reduces our ability to compete in the world market. Sooner or later the politicians in Washington are going to have to make a choice. Either they can keep their power over our lives and loose America's economy, or they can save America's economy and loose their power over our lives. Make no mistake about it. This decision will be hard for them, but when it finally comes, we'll be able to clearly see who's REALLY on our side in Washington D.C. I bet we'll all be surprised by what we learn.