Tax Cuts: How Much Money Will The Government Allow Us to Keep?

December 4, 2010

As Congress battles over extending the Bush tax cuts, Americans are reminded yet again that many of those in Congress do not look at tax cuts as letting Americans keep more of their hard earned money, but rather deciding how much money they will graciously “give” us.

This weekend, the Congress  is battling over the extension of the Bush tax cuts through meaningless votes on bills that are sure to fail in attempts to win the favor of various groups of Americans.  Politicians attempt to draw lines and force choices over who is for the little guy and who only cares about money grubbing fat cats.  But this only serves to distract us from the true issue.

In a recent Democrat tax cut press conference  Americans can yet again see the shameful attitude of our representatives in Congress.  Senator Clair Mccaskill said “If they (Republicans) think it is OK to raise taxes for the embattled middle class because they are going to pout if we don’t give more money to millionaires, it really is time for the people of America to take up pitchforks.”  This is just one more example of many where those in government from President Obama to members of the House and Senate refer to tax cuts as “giveaways”.

Ignoring the early 20th century class warfare rhetoric, we get insight into the minds of those that believe the government gives us our income.  The political class believes that a tax cut is “giving more money” to millionaires.  By that same logic, extending tax cuts for individuals making under 200k or couples making 250k is “giving” them money also.

Those serving in Congress need to understand that Americans do not earn their income at the pleasure of the political ruling class, but rather “we the people” have allowed our government to take some of our money and freedom to fund the federal government.

The authors of the Constitution prohibited the federal government from directly taxing individuals.  They wisely sought to construct a government where the government could not oppress and control the people as the founders had experienced under the rule of  King George III.

 In 1913, the 16th amendment chipped away at the economic freedom that all Americans enjoyed so that the federal government could raise additional revenue.  Since then, the Congress has been in perpetual debate regarding how much money they will “give” us or allow the American people to have as it is now in their power to take all of our income.

The founders of our country would find it appalling that the government is now engaged in a battle over how much money should be “given” to which individuals.  In a free society, the government is not given the power to determine how much economic freedom individuals have.

Americans need to curtail the power of the federal government to limit economic freedom by demanding reform and simplification of the tax code, elimination of wealth creation limiting progressive taxes, and a return to the founding principles of our country.

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