Should government be allowed to tax everything? Should elected officials have the power and the latitude to tax every transaction, every activity, every non-activity, and every single little thing in our brief little lives?Details
Over at Red State, Eric Erickson has concluded that the law means nothing. This revelation is nothing new for Tenthers, who’ve long understood the futility of relying on the federal government to solve problems created and compounded by the federal government. Specifically, Erickson was writing on the cuts to military spending that sequestration is supposed to bring, should congress fail to arrive at some agreement to bilk the taxpayers a little but more come January, 2013.
This threat of cuts to the Sacred Military-Industrial-Congressional-Complex, forever praise its name, has many on the Right foaming at the mouth about the need for fiscal restraint, but in the proper way. I mean, let’s get real, how could anyone seriously suggest any cut to the Pentagon? This subject truly is the third rail. At least we hear rhetoric about reforming social security or Medicare on occasion, but military spending is strictly off limits.
Never mind that many of these now-outraged Republicans voted for sequestration when they agreed to the debt ceiling compromise last fall. And so what if John Boehner said he liked 98% of what was in that bill; we cant be derailing the MICC’s gravy train; not now, not ever. Especially with unemployment being what it is, cutting military spending will surely force tens of thousands of more folks to seek unemployment benefits in the coming months.Details
Remember when the socialists were telling us all the lies about their unconstitutional government health care bill? Remember the lies about how we supposedly weren’t going to be required to buy health insurance…even though their law clearly says we will?
Even though their bill has a new payroll deduction systemto rob you before you even get a chance to see all the money you’ve earned?
Well, now that they have their way, the socialists are starting to admit that, yes, it is a tax.Details
The average federal “worker” makes twice as much as the average taxpayer, not counting plush federal benefits which are even more unbalanced. It is almost as bad at the state, county, and local levels. Wherever you look, the host is being sucked dry by the parasite, who sings a victimological song about being underpaid, while…Details
Robert Higgs, Independent Institute Senior Fellow, economist, and author of the book Depression, War, and Cold War, discusses war, taxes and economic crises.
Thomas DiLorenzo discusses Taxes in American History at the The Trouble with Taxation Seminar in January 2005.
One thing that was edited out of my latest cover article from The New American due to space constraints is something we should never forget when it comes to the issue of “federal funding.” Whenever you hear a centralist, whether from the left or the right, telling you that the federal government should cut off…Details
Via Jason Ditz In comments published today in a Pakistani business paper, US Deputy Treasury Secretary Neal Wolin pressed for Pakistan to dramatically raise taxes, insisting that “Pakistanis pay less for their government than nearly any other country in the region.” To that end, Secretary Wolin urged Pakistan’s parliament to enact value-added tax (VAT) legislation.…Details