Comment: The taxes supporting this country of The United States of America should be taken off the backs of the individual people.
How we got in this mess!
The United States was formed by the thirteen original states. In order to fund that union certain taxes were formed. All of these taxes were indirect taxes and imposed little hardship on the people.
With the advent of the twentieth century the needs of the Union grew with two World Wars and a direct tax on the people was imposed. This tax was small and imposed little hardship on the people but with the direct tax system in place new and improved spending regimes were instituted to take care of the inflow of the people’s money. A politicians dream had come true. Whatever program they promised their constituents could be implemented and paid for with the people’s money. If there was not enough, the direct tax on the people could always be increased. This continued until the direct tax on the people became oppressive.
Remove the Direct Tax!
This country of The United States of America was formed by the states. It should be the states that financially support it, not the individual. Each state could determine for themselves how they will raise the money to support the Union, whether it be a direct tax on the people, a sales tax, property tax, wine-woman-and-song tax or stamp tax. It should be up to the people in each state.
Each state would also have a greater influence on how the Union spends the people’s money. When an individual stands up and protests that the people’s money is being squandered, he is a voice among hundreds of millions. When a state stands up and protests that the people’s money is being squandered, they are a voice among fifty. Twenty six individuals have little influence on the Union. Twenty six states are a majority.
What of the IRS?
The United States of America was formed to protect the rights of the individual, the families, and the business enterprises of this Union. In principle that has not changed. Each state can be as oppressive to the people and the Union has been. In the spirit of the original concept of the Union the IRS could act as a check and balance to make sure each state is acting in good faith with its citizens and not oppressing the people in an effort to impose unfair tax burdens.
Will this work?
This is the only system that would be fair to the people of the Union and have a protectorate of the people’s money. However this system will also fail unless the states stand up and say to the politicians of the Union to be judicious of the people’s money. Any tax system will swallow up all it can consume unless it is tamed by men of faith and ethics. No mater what tax system is used, if the spending of the people’s money is not controlled it will suppress the people to the distraction of the Union.