By Bob Livingston
|Rep. Nancy Pelosi, likely to be the next speaker of the House, called the Donald Trump tax cuts from 2017 “crumbs” and has vowed to repeal them. In fact, Democrats across the country ran on raising taxes and increasing spending — particularly on “infrastructure projects” — and won a majority in the House.|
Politicians Republican and Democrat alike have no compunction over raising taxes, ostensibly to fund needed projects. They think the money we earn is theirs and we should keep only what they, in their infinite mercy, allow us to keep after they’ve “paid” for their pet projects.
One of the best questions ever asked in a political debate was posed by a young man at a GOP debate in Tampa, Fla., during the 2012 Republican primary. The man asked, “Out of every dollar that I earn, how much of that do you think I deserve to keep?” Moderator Wolf Blitzer directed the question to former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman, who said: “…for you we leave it at 8 percent, 14 percent, 24 percent.”
None of the other candidates on stage was asked that uncomfortable question. But you can rest assured that all — save Ron Paul — would have given answers in similar percentages. For the political class, it’s a given that what people earn belongs first to government and politicians can determine how much of your own labor you can keep. Any suggestion to the contrary is met with stares that make you wonder if you have antenna growing out of your head. Even under the so-called Trump tax cuts, the federal tax rates range from 10 percent to almost 40 percent.
Under the Law of Moses, 10 percent was enough for the Creator. Under the law of the political elites, it is 10 percent, 30 percent, 40 percent and more if they decide they want it.
The American people have been sold a bill of goods. They have been conditioned to believe that government — the federal government, especially — is necessary to thwart all the evils in society. Those evils must be confronted by a myriad of alphabet soup agencies like the EPA, FDA, USDA, OSHA, NLRB, HHS, HUD, DOE (both energy and education), and on and on, ad infinitum.
To fund those agencies that “keep us safe,” Americans are told, more of their hard-earned wealth is required of them. Thus, the leviathan grows. The people grumble, but their grumbling is squelched by the elites and the majority who remind them the government is only acting in their best interests.
Any talk of possibly scaling back the growth of those agencies is quickly suppressed. If the budgets of those agencies are touched, we are told, pollution will flow uncontrollably from industry, the water will be poisoned, our food will kill us, terrorists will run amok in our streets and the greedy capitalists will abuse us. No rational discussion of alternatives is possible because people automatically default to government.
Read this comment from Representative Jan Schakowsky (Communist-Illinois) from 2011, which is typical political-speak. She said:
I’ll put it this way. You don’t deserve to keep all of it and it’s not a question of deserving because what government is, is those things that we decide to do together. And there are many things that we decide to do together like have our national security. Like have police and fire. What about the…
This is the standard fallback position for politicians and many “taxpayers” brainwashed with a phony sense of altruism and frightened into believing there are terrorists behind every rock and greedy “capitalists” on every street corner preying on innocent consumers. The result is those agencies grow into monstrous bureaucracies that oppress Americans under the guise of providing their needs and keeping them safe. Those bureaucracies consume everything in their paths: innovation, spirit, can-do attitudes, the family structure, societal mores and capital.
Taxes, the elites say, are necessary to fund the government. That is Orwellian doublespeak. Taxes are used by the elites to control our consumption and redistribute the volume of money. The Federal Reserve floods the market with electronic blips and green strips of paper it calls “dollars.” We use those dollars to buy things we need. The price of those things goes up as more and more money is dumped into the system. (Actually, prices don’t go up. The reality is that those dollars are each worth less as more and more are introduced into circulation, so more and more dollars are required to buy the same goods.)
President James A. Garfield said, “Whoever controls the volume of money in any country is absolute master of all industry and commerce.” The elites understand this. The American people do not.
In a speech before the American Bar Association in 1946, then-Federal Reserve Chairman Beardsley Ruml said, “The necessity for a government to tax in order to maintain both its independence and solvency is true for State and local governments, but it is not true for a national government.”
How can this be?
It’s simple logic — so simple that it flies under the radar and most can’t fathom it. The Federal government can and does print money to infinity. Therefore, the idea that the Federal government needs your tax dollars to operate is a lie.
Ask yourself this question: If I can print all the money I want to use as I want, will I have debt or ever face default? The answer is obvious.
Now, congressional Democrats are offering a “new” plan. In reality it is an old plan, one that has failed before if success is measured in a way that helps the people. They intend to transfer more wealth from the middle class to their elite partners in crime. This is theft from the American people to those who have bought themselves a seat at the elite table.
According to the Bible, after the death of King Solomon, “… Jeroboam and all the assembly of Israel came and spoke to Rehoboam, saying, ‘Your father made our yoke hard; now therefore lighten the hard service of your father and his heavy yoke which he put on us, and we will serve you.'”
But Rehoboam rejected the advice of the elders to lighten the yoke of the people and win them over. Instead, he listened to the advice of the young men who said, “But you shall speak to them, ‘My little finger is thicker than my father’s loins! Whereas my father loaded you with a heavy yoke, I will add to your yoke; my father disciplined you with whips, but I will discipline you with scorpions.'” (1 Kings 12)
The majority of the people abandoned Rehoboam, and Israel was split in two.
Former President George W. Bush put a heavy yoke on the people. Obama added to the yoke. Republicans did a little to lighten it on taxes, but added to the money printing with massive spending bills that made Democrats blush. Now Democrats are openly stating their desire to raise taxes again.
Contrary to what everyone thinks, printing more and more paper money does not create abundance. It creates more scarcity. Everybody has less and less. Greed is the endgame of a paper-money system, and it brings with it a moral breakdown with the collapse of the rule of law.
In short, paper-money debasement destroys the soul of society. But the longer the elites can keep this a secret, the longer they can maintain their hold on power.