Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Will We Ever Learn

This post is going to be a little history lesson. Mainly about the Constitution of The United States of America. The first two paragraphs are straight from Wikipedia. The entire Constitution can be read there.

The Constitution of the United States of America is the supreme law of the United States. It provides the framework for the organization of the United States Government. The document defines the three main branches of the government: The legislative branch with a bicameral Congress, an executive branch led by the President, and a judicial branch headed by the Supreme Court. Besides providing for the organization of these branches, the Constitution carefully outlines which powers each branch may exercise. It also reserves numerous rights for the individual states, thereby establishing the United States' federal system of government. It is the shortest and oldest written constitution of any major sovereign state.[1]

The United States Constitution was adopted on September 17, 1787, by the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and later ratified by conventions in each U.S. state in the name of "The People"; it has since been amended twenty-seven times, the first ten amendments being known as the Bill of Rights.[2][3] The Articles of Confederation and Perpetual Union was actually the first constitution of the United States of America.[citation needed] The U.S. Constitution replaced the Articles of Confederation as the governing document for the United States, and transformed the constitutional basis of government from confederation to federation, also making it the world's oldest federal constitution.[4] The Constitution has a central place in United States law and political culture.[5] The handwritten, or "engrossed", original document is on display at the National Archives and Records Administration in Washington, D.C.

No where in this original document does the government have the power to tax the people. The 16th amendment, ratified on February 3, 1913, took care of that. Under this amendment, Congress has the power to impose a tax on any income made here in the United States. It doesn't limit the amount of tax the Congress can levy. How scary is this?

In 1819, the state of Maryland tried to levy a tax on the Second Bank of the United States. James McCulloch, head of the Baltimore branch refused to pay it and a suit was filed. The Supreme Court of Maryland upheld the tax so it went to the Supreme Court of the United States. In the decision, Chief Justice John Marshal said, "The power to tax involves the power to destroy." There is nothing I agree with more.

Now, I understand that the Federal Government needs some income in order to provide for the things that the Constitution says they are to provide for. But, can't they just make it simple? I mean the tax code requires a warehouse just to house it. You need a lawyer to translate it, and you might not even get it right then. Politicians don't hesitate to use taxes to try and win your vote. The Democrats are positively masterful at this.

The Fair Tax is the only truly fair way that the government can get the money that they need to pay for the things that they need to. Read about it. Educate yourselves. And then, let your Congressmen/women know that this is what this country needs.