In the last few decades, the federal government has exploded in size. No area of your life or business is free from the meddling of politicians — especially your wallet. It doesn’t have to be that way. With less government and lower taxes, you could keep more of what you earn. It would be easier to start new businesses, build new homes, and fuel stronger economic growth. For those of us who still believe that freedom is best, the way is clear: we must concentrate on the correction of the mistake of 1913.
The 16th Amendment must be repealed. Nothing less will do. It is only because the federal government has this enormous revenue that it is able to institute procedures that violate the individual’s right to himself and his property; enforcement agencies must be paid. The Constitution used to keep the federal government off balance and weak. A weak government is the corollary of a strong people. The 16th Amendment changed all that. It enabled the federal government to put its hands into the pockets and paychecks of the people. It drew our allegiance away from our local governments. It made us citizens of the United States rather than of our respective states. Our money was no longer stolen from our local representatives, over whom we have some control, but by the representatives of the other states.
The vastly expanded revenues secured by the 16th Amendment enabled the federal government through its spending power to become the dominant force of social policy. It now bribes the state governments, as well as the citizens, into submission of its will. The state governments likewise lost more and more of their sovereignty. With the abolition of income taxation, the states will be better able to serve its citizens, and because the state governments are closer and more responsive to the will of the people, there is greater chance that the citizens will get their full dollar’s worth in services.
Reducing taxes is pointless without limiting government spending. I believe our government has strayed from its original purpose of protecting our lives, liberty, and property. Providing basic government services such as police, courts, and military defense would cost a fraction of what we now pay in taxes. In the 1950s, the federal income tax amounted to only 2 percent of the family budget and Americans enjoyed the highest standard of living in the world. Taxes at all levels — federal, state, and local; hidden and visible — take about 50 percent of a family’s income. We must work from January to June just to pay taxes.
Ask yourself: Is the government spending that half of your income wisely? Would you send $20 billion of our tax dollars to Mexico to prop up the peso? $12 billion to partially build a Super Collider designed to accelerate beams of subatomic particles? Would you pay farmers not to grow food? Would you authorize the Pentagon to spend $7,622 for a coffee maker designed to survive a plane crash? Would you have spent billions to build up the militaries of the Shah of Iran and General Noriega of Panama? Any business that spent money as irresponsibly as the government does would quickly go bankrupt. But, as the Supreme Court has ruled, government is not legally obligated to provide you with any specific service in return for the taxes you pay. Unlike legitimate businesses, only the government can legally force you to pay for its programs, no matter how wasteful or outrageous.
There is also no limit to how much of your income the government can seize. According to the Tax Foundation, in 2007 the average American paid 27.4% of his or her income in federal taxes, plus 11.8% in state and local taxes – 39.2% total. Why are more businesses failing, why is unemployment soaring, and why are more and more families becoming homeless? Two major reasons are skyrocketing taxes and destructive regulations. Taxes and regulations are destroying businesses. By the time businesses pay income tax, payroll tax, capital gains tax, inventory tax, corporate tax, license fees, IRS penalties, EPA fines, etc., etc., little or nothing is left to operate the business.
Taxes and regulations are destroying the middle class. Thirty years ago, middle-class Americans could afford to buy a house. Today, increased taxes consume a sum equivalent to mortgage payments. Both parents now have to work just to make ends meet. 15% Social Security taxes make it nearly impossible to save for retirement and state and local taxes make it difficult for many families even to pay utility bills. Taxes keep poor people poor. Cash-starved businesses can’t afford to hire and train the poor. The working poor often can’t even afford to feed their families on what’s left of their paycheck after taxes. Taxes make it extremely difficult for the poor to start businesses.
When the Republicans previously controlled Congress, they spent a lot of our hard-earned money on entitlement programs and pork barrel spending. When the Democrats gained control of Congress, they spent even more of our hard-earned dollars in the same reckless manner. I believe only the Libertarian Party is the true friend of the taxpayer because we want to maximize your economic freedom by limiting the power of the government to get involved in the economy.
Supporting my candidacy means supporting a genuinely, drastically lower tax level and smaller government across the board. We do not need politicians telling us how to spend our money, and I will fight to ensure that the politicians don’t get additional opportunities to do just that. Put our money back in our pockets and let the American people stimulate the economy.
I believe all Americans are entitled to keep the fruits of their labor. As your Senator, I will call for the repeal of the income tax and the abolishment of the Internal Revenue Service and all federal programs and services not required under the U.S. Constitution. I oppose any legal requirements forcing employers to serve as tax collectors. Government is the problem, not the solution. Give Americans their money back and let them stimulate the economy. What would you do with a 30-40% raise? Would you have more money to save to start a business, buy the new car you want or pay off your debt?
“It would be thought an unfair government that should tax its people one tenth part.” – Benjamin Franklin, Founding Father