Everyone has heard the famous quote “the power to tax involves the power to destroy” from Chief Justice John Marshall in an 1819 Supreme Court ruling that states could not tax the Federal government. What about government use of taxation against the people it’s supposed to be working for? What is that destroying?
For much of US history, taxes were collected to fund essential government services such as national defense, border security, law enforcement, public infrastructure, education, and resource conservation. In fact Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes said “taxes are what we pay for civilized society”. Progressives have changed that through taxation for wealth redistribution and “social engineering”. Social engineering typically involves the use of punitive taxes to discourage “wrong behavior” as defined by some omniscient Big Brother. I’ll start with punitive taxation.
Billionaire Mike Bloomberg is pouring millions of dollars into local efforts to impose a punitive tax on sugary sodas. OK, they’re not particularly healthy, but where does that process end? Under the influence of UN Agenda 21 Denmark is seriously considering a tax on meat. Once the USDA includes sustainability in diet recommendations it won’t be long before progressives want taxes on meat, and eventually dairy products. This is about controlling people, and more control equals less freedom. Eventually the only choice progressives will allow is for an abortion. Bloomberg also pours millions into local gun control efforts, some of which include punitive taxes on guns and ammunition. No ammo tax will ever stop a street gang, psychopath, disgruntled worker, or jihadist from unleashing mayhem. What it will do is hurt honest shooting sports participants, particularly those involved in competitive target shooting. It takes thousands of hours and probably close to a million rounds to reach Olympic level competitor status. It’s those honest achievers who will be hurt, not the criminal who loads a “Saturday night special” to rob a convenience store.
(Hey Mike, why don’t you ever ask for more taxes on billionaires?)
President Obama wants a ten dollar per barrel tax on oil, even though it would raise prices of gas and heating oil and could send the economy into recession. This is a punitive tax to punish those who insist on using fossil fuels. As I pointed out in “Alternative Energy: The Missing Link”, however, we don’t have the technology to convert to renewable fuels overnight. How many cities are 100% powered by renewable energy 24/7? The answer is none. How many all-electric vehicles have a 500 mile cruising range, or even a 100 mile range that can recharge during a 5 minute rest stop? Again the answer is none. An all-electric vehicle is a great choice for commuting from the suburbs to the city but would you want to set out to “see the USA” in one? Incidentally if that electric vehicle doesn’t recharge from a renewable source it isn’t fully “green”. He claims that the tax revenue would be used for research, and while some might be, some of it might also be used for global wealth redistribution.
So, what about wealth redistribution? Within the US wealth redistribution is accomplished through various welfare programs and a widely abused tax credit program called EITC. If you read my proposal for the ISIC welfare reform program you’ll know that I’m not opposed to welfare as a hand up for the unfortunate or as assistance for those who are unable to fully support themselves due to disability. When children are starving in spite of school meal programs, SNAP, and WIC, however, something in the system isn’t working. When a person who is fully capable of working decides to live off the labor of others and then jokes about it on social media welfare fraud has gone too far and reform is past due. That’s an insult to every working family that’s struggling to support itself. I’m also opposed to allowing foreigners to enter the US and immediately land on extended welfare. Traditionally our immigration policy only admitted honest healthy people who were capable of supporting themselves within a reasonable time frame. See my “Immigration is a Privilege, not a Right” post for more. Global wealth redistribution is a recent concept arising from UN Agenda 21. Third world nations are demanding billions of dollars from developed nations to “go green” under Agenda 21 while having no intent to meet the human rights objectives specified in that agenda. See my post “UN Agenda 21 vs the Wealthy Wimpy West” for more. I believe that global wealth redistribution is unconstitutional. Nothing in our Constitution allows the government to send our tax dollars overseas or be taxed by any foreign entity.
So, what are the socialist progressives destroying with social engineering and Marxist wealth redistribution? Essentially everything that made the USA exceptional: freedom (choice, not control); individual responsibility (the flip side of the rights/responsibility coin); the value of the family, and national sovereignty.
As many have pointed out, the US will never be conquered from without, it will destroy itself from within.. Progressives/socialists are leading the charge.
2016 Update: Not unexpected: the UN has advocated for all nations to tax sugary drinks like sodas.
Unexpected: the UN also wants taxes on 100% fruit juices. Who wants their morning OJ taxed? It’s past time to tell the UN that we’re a sovereign nation, and while we’ll work with them on international issues, we will not surrender our rights or our freedom to them.