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Sorry guys, Sally is trying to train me. In moving things around to attribute proper authorship, I lost the comments that were made to the article below.
Rand: Thanks for forwarding the article. The quote from Goldwater was used with good effect by democrats to smear him as a nut-case warmonger in his run for president in 1964. The famous daisy wiped out by the mushroom cloud commercial finished the job.
You're right that the income tax is a Robin Hood tax, justifying theft from those who work in order to reward those who vote. But lots of people have come to think stealing from rich people represents the height of ethical fairness. Consumption taxes on non-essentials are in every way fairer, but don't reward the political class with a reliable enough stream of loot, nor do they feature an easy target for the envy driven politics that are so useful in democracies.
Mr. Marshall: Yes, Mr. Brown is married to a dentist, not a dentist himself. Sorry for the mistake. I hope it doesn't reflect less favorably on his sanity.
And Dan: I think interpreting the filing of a tax return as some sort of a census is a stretch. A census is simply a count of the people in the country. The Constitution calls for one every ten years. The sole purpose of it is to have the numbers available to properly apportion direct taxes. If the filing of a return were the means of taking a census, it would necessarily count only those who had to file, leaving out a major portion of the population.
The Constitutional census was never intended to be the the vast data mining project it has become today. Direct taxes were occasionally used by Congress in the 19th century. But they are unwieldy, as the founders intended that they should be. Congress has to have a fixed amount in mind for a fixed purpose. Then the states are responsible for collecting the tax and sending it in. It could never produce the constant stream of do-whatever-you-want-with-it wealth that today's fraudulently enforced income tax produces.
The income tax today is an indirect tax on certain privileged occupations and businesses, as it has always been. It is only through misapplication and deception that it has taken on a general applicability. And it is all done perfectly legally. I will have more on that soon.
I recommend this website www.losthorizons.com and the book that is for sale there "Cracking the Code." The author's writing style is not easy, nor is the material, but the effort is worth it to those with an interest in the rule of law, or what remains of it, in the U.S.
The writing I do here is first published in Key West the Newspaper, an obscure weekly in which I am limited to about 1000 words at a time and committed to at least the effort to stimulate, inform or amuse the paper's readers. My success at that is uneven at best. My tendency to procrastinate often allows typos and less-than-engaging prose to escape notice in the swirling haze of deadline. For that I apologize.