Tuesday, April 19, 2011

The Constitutionality of Taxes

Hopefully by now, all of you have filed your taxes. (Or gotten Daddy to file them for you. I know. I know. It’s time to grow up already, right? Next year. Really.)

Let’s face it: The government does deserve some portion of that money. After all, the worker is worthy of his wages and all that. It even says so in the Bible.

The military, the president, our legislators and members of the judicial branch all deserve to be paid. So do local public servants such as police officers and teachers. (Of course, this all depends on if they’re actually doing their jobs… or harming the country.)

But that’s largely where taxes should stop. Any money seized out of employee paychecks to further causes other than the general welfare and safety of United States’ citizens is akin to the deprivation of private property for no good reason.

And that’s something the Fifth Amendment strictly prohibits the government from doing:

“No person shall… be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.”

Taxing Free Donut Coupons? Now That’s a Bit Pathetic

The Fifth Amendment needs to be shouted from the rooftops these days, especially with President Obama looking to renege on his promise to keep the Bush Tax Cuts as-is.

By any sane stretch of the imagination, he has no such right to take any more of our money. For that matter, the government has had no good reason to its citizens’ hard-earned paychecks for decades. Not, at least, according to the law of the land, as put down in the aforementioned Fifth Amendment.

And how many of us honestly feel justly compensated by the burden of our taxation? My guess is that the people of Paterson, NJ – and too many other towns across the U.S. – who are seeing their police force numbers slashed due to budget cuts, don’t.

Sure, Gallup reports that 43% of Americans agree with the amount of taxes they pay. But even the grossly biased mainstream media has to admit that 45% of the nation pays no income tax at all. So that number may be a bit skewed.

Regardless, when the government is so greedy that it has to hit up citizens for the free donut coupons they won, anybody with half a brain has to admit that there’s something very, very, very wrong with the system.

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