Authored by William Robert Barber
There is an ancient proverb: Money is the root of all evil. Nonetheless, governments disregard the meaningfulness of the adage in favor of their insatiable appetite for spending. Because money is the means to the ever expanding power of governing I can easily transpose this proverb onto the behavioral-interactive of any government. The harvesting of money is the common defining DNA of government. Those that govern intellectually defend their habitual need to expend tax payers’ cash on the presumption that Washington knows best. Another way of explaining this “top-down” federal governance is the assumptive by the elected that the common lack the intellectual wherewithal to comprehend their own needs.
To compound the issues surrounding the government’s predilection of tax and spend some of our nation’s politicians have the difficulty of delineating the difference between what is deemed lawful and what is considered extralegal. This creates a confused befuddlement amongst the legislators and therefore conditions the peoples’ representatives to defer through excessive contemplation any possibility of reforming our nation’s tax laws. A skeptic might believe that our tax laws will never be reformed because our legislators cannot figure out how the overhauling of our tax laws could benefit their constituents of attorneys, accountants, or the IRS while increasing federal revenue.
Government induces and seduces; irrespective of its truthfulness or practical viability it will offer and promise most anything. The mission of government is the attainment of unlimited power. I do subscribe to the belief that there is no such thing as a benign or benevolent government. I am also of the belief that our government has a ‘constitutionally’ limited role in society but is constantly striving to exceed its lawful limits. The power of government can only be mitigated by an enlightened citizenry who chooses askance, disbelief, and uncompromising vigilance as its unrelenting wherewithal. One must recognize that if liberty is the forfeiture or tradeoff for government imposed surety, it does not matter if the government is just or unjust, fair or unfair, honest or dishonest. What matters is that individual liberty is never abated or eradicated. The most precious prize of life — in a republic — is liberty.
The disproportionate federal taxation of individuals and legal entities effectually provokes, enables, and inevitably results in corruptive policies, incompetent management, and the lethargic administrating of governmental duties. But the most egregious effect of federal taxation is its lethal threat to this republic’s very constitutional being. Yes, yes, I know, sounds like an outrageous declaration… Let me explain:
There are two distinctive parts of taxation: the first is the harvesting of tax revenue. This part requires the establishment of the Internal Revenue Service. Which as recently experienced is a department whose legal powers are awesome and resolute. It is also a department, as witnessed, subject to political pressure from the executive branch of this republic. The department is obviously created, administered, and enforced by “isle de Washington.” The distance between this “isle de Washington” individual citizens and state domiciled legal entities is accurately measured in and by the complexity of rules, laws, and regulations managed within a bureaucratic ambiguity that is in constant flux. The ambiguity inherent within our nation’s tax laws is undeniable; nevertheless, the laws remain affixed and binding. They (the laws) remain so because they serve the requirement of a government wholly managed by those dependent on a continuum of the status quo. But most profoundly, because Obama is the president, and it suits the president to have the ambiguity of governing cloaked within an enigma. It is a required conundrum of a liberal progressive autocracy. Regrettably, I do not dismiss the thought that the nation could have the identical problem with a Republican president. Power is an intoxicating elixir.
The other part of federal taxation is the distribution of tax revenue collected and the inherent corruption therein. The current and subsequent federal tax laws are designed to redistribute the nationally collected tax to and at the discretion (for the most part) of the prevailing political party.
Simply put, because corruptive practice is an intrinsic feature of governing, federal taxation as administered is a serious threat to the democratic viability of a constitutional republic.