Starving Leviathan: Federal Tax Escrow Accounts

The federal government relies on plunder, mainly in the form of income taxes, to feed it’s overreaching tentacles and this is perfectly Constitutional as set forth in Article I, Section 8, Clause 1 along with the Sixteenth Amendment. These do not however specify how these taxes are to be collected and currently the Internal Revenue Service is charged with this task.

But what if the states had the ability to take control of the purse strings and starve the beast back to it’s enumerated powers? We the people, through our state legislatures would have the ability to affirm what we believe the role and oversight of the federal government should be in our daily lives through a Federal Tax Escrow Account.


The Anti-Fed Movement

Here’s an interesting piece from WaPo-owned Slate on the anti-Fed movement, which includes trimmers and phonies as well as the real deal. The good guys mentioned include Ron Paul, Jim Grant, Kevin Duffy, and the godfather, Murray Rothbard. Thanks to Bethany McLean for this sentence:

Murray Rothbard, the controversial libertarian economist who many consider the intellectual father of the anti-Fed movement, wrote in 1994 (The Case Against the Fed) that if the Fed were to be abolished, then “the banks would, at last, be on their own, each bank responsible for its own actions. There would be no lender of last resort, no taxpayer bailout [italics mine].”

Now, “controversial” typically means Don’t Read, but Murray’s genius, productivity, and writing ability have made him a colossus 15 years after his untimely death. He was always that, of course, but now people recognize it, in the freedom movement and the Austrian School, which is at its core Misesian-Rothbardian. Thanks to the Mises Institute, all Murray’s works are available for free on the web, with more to come.


My Nullification Course Starts Next Week

Tuesday, November 16, will be the first session of my four-week online course on the history and theory of state nullification.  The course will be delivered via the Mises Academy, the Mises’ Institute’s portal for online instruction.  It will cover the historical, constitutional, and moral arguments that have been raised for and against the idea…


Thank a Veteran Today by Introducing Them to Oath Keepers!

Oath Keepers simply recognize that there are certain orders we would NOT obey because we will consider them unconstitutional (and thus unlawful) and immoral violations of the natural rights of the people. Such orders would be acts of war against the American people by their own government, and thus acts of treason. We will not make war against our own people. We will not commit treason. We will defend the Republic.


Montana vs the Endangered Species Act

An extremely important issue in places like Montana, Idaho, and Wyoming – wolves. Over the years, the feds introduced Canadian wolves to the area, and residents often claim that these new wolves are wreaking havoc on their property. The crux? D.C. doesn’t allow the people of the state to do anything about the wolves without federal permission.

Some people in Montana are sick of it, and are taking action. From an article in the Helena Independent Record:


Requiem for the Tea Party

The thinking of the Tea Party was co-opted the moment it started being called a Tea Party. But the original ideas hatched and awakened simultaneously in 37 states after NH state rep Dan Itse proposed a Jeffersonian states-rights defense against federal overreach. Might have been better had he never done that Glenn Beck interview. A maturing framework for this will, as Texas Governor Rick Perry said, take Governors, not Congressmen. And it will take longer. Philosophically it is simple. You have to be a Texan before you can be an America. You have to be a New Englander before you can be an American. But we lose our earthly bearings and proportions when we detach from our place, and live exclusively in the abstraction. We hover over ourselves as if in a UFO. Now China begins with the UFO delusions. But Israel begins to finds itself again on its piece of earth. Germany as well.

Change will be driven by economics, not speeches, particularly the dawning realization that the well off agrarian states in the center of the country are now being asked to support the welfare states on the edge.