Following along protocol this post will be about the huge and unjust tax code in the United States. Lets begin with the moral argument; income tax is theft. There is no reason why any party that is not directly involved in a transaction should benefit, period. It is taking unjustly the fruits of ones labor, without consent. The Constitution is one of the greatest documents written in the history of mankind, it gives freedoms that were previously unheard of in most of the world. Even today there are many nations that wish they had the freedom that the constitution gives to the citizens of the United States. With that in mind the 16th Amendment is a perversion on an otherwise great document. With the creation of the IRS and an ever growing tax code, income tax only punishes those that wish to grab hold of the American dream. The more you make the more they take. Its a system that is counter intuitive, why punish those that do well? You should be rewarded for thinking outside the box and working hard. Instead those that do are punished with theft while there are those that do not have the drive to do the same get off with paying nothing. If there is going to be a tax system it should be on that is fair all the way around. The only fair system would be one based solely on consumption. Instead of punishing those that do well, everybody pays the same and those that consume more pay but no one gets off with paying nothing. Besides the 16th amendment the creation of the IRS to ensure the collection of these income taxes has become the very example of what happens when the government is given too much power. You don’t have to look very far to see how the entity has grown too much. The current tax code is over 70,000 pages long, and in the words of Tacitus “The more corrupt the state, the more numerous the laws.” Why is it necessary to have 70,000 pages on collection of taxes? A new form of slavery. Laws create criminals, and criminals lose many of their rights. Its almost as if they wish to create as many criminals as possible in order to control the population. For this very reason it would be in the best interest of liberty to abolish the IRS and repel the 16th amendment.
I think the one thing that everyone learned from the days of prohibition was that if the public wanted a particular product they will find a way to obtain it. Prohibition created a black market that created violence and inferior if not down right dangerous products. So why have we been doing the same with marijuana? The war and drugs and prohibition of marijuana has lead to one of the most expensive and dangerous blunders the United States government has ever created. First off it works the same way the prohibition of alcohol did in the early 20th century. The product has been outlawed but there is a huge demand for the product, thus the rise of the cartels. These entities provide the product that the public wants, but does so by any means including murder, kidnap and extortion. It creates a climate that endangers not only the intended buying of the product but also innocent bystanders that wanted nothing to do with the process. As the entities are nameless and faceless they do not face the scrutiny of the public as a corporation would so they are free to put out inferior and even dangerous products without any real repercussions. Its the same principle as banning abortions; you cannot ban abortions, you can only ban safe abortions. Same goes for marijuana or any other product that is in huge demand, it can be banned but they will find a way to obtain it legal or not. So by banning it, you are only banning safe marijuana. The cartels do not care what is in the product or they only care about getting their money, and its not like the customers have a way to hold them accountable. There is no way of really telling the true cost of fighting the cartels, but in the extra border securtiy, countless trials and incarceration it is well into the hundreds of millions if not billions. Speaking of money the prohibiotion also costs tax payers a huge sum of money. Between the hours of paperwork that police officers have to deal with for small amounts of marijuana, to the costs it takes to put those people in front of judges, the prohibition is a huge burden on the tax system that is greatly unneccessary for most of these victimless crimes. Plus not only would money be saved in those forms, but with legalization, it can be taxed and thus money earned. Its truly a win-win. The people that want the product get it, in a safe manner. The citizens that do not, get lower crime rates from the elimination of a dangerous market, and the tax generated from it can be used to improve their communities. The end of a federal prohibition on marijuana seems to be gaining steam, and who knows maybe it will end soon. Then maybe…just maybe, America can smoke its way out of debt.
The internet seems to be ablaze. Today as Betsy Devos is confirmed it seems many on the left have lost their collective minds over it and many of the right are left with distaste in their mouths. It is my belief that she is not the best choice for the position but could she been on the right track of reform? At a whooping $600 Billion per yer the department of education is a hefty bill for the federal tax payers, but what have we gotten in return? Based on the report from the Program of International Student Assesment the United States ranks 35th in math and 27th in science out of 64 countries served. So as many things with the federal government go, the department of education has more than enough funding but is not producing to the level that it is being funded. Now I am going to defend her. Her first idea of continuing and strengthening school choice is the right choice. Tax-credit scholarships and vouchers help many low income children that are academically eligible, but not financially able to, to attend private and charter schools. This helps not only that student but also allows the public school to focus on a decreased number of students, thus being able to serve their needs better. These programs have been documented that test scores go up and drop out rates go significantly in districts that have a voucher/scholarship program. So at least there is that. But lets look at the real reason why the department of education has been a failure. Its run by a bureaucracy. The system has received more funding but produced less results. It is more focused on pushing students to test well so that teachers and the school receive more funding than actually getting the students prepared for whats next in life. Plus schools in different areas and states have different needs. Lets just play what I believe is the best case scenario, which is the elimination of the Department of Education. States could then build programs that are uniquely set up for their population. Such as instead of a federal mandate of what to teach, they could set up their own curriculums and programs. The national common core goals are all set up to push kids into college, instead of what its real goal should be which is getting kids prepared to be self sufficient. Instead of teaching every kid algebra, the should be teaching skills that will help everyone in life, like how to balance a budget, what credit is, interviewing skills and how to do your (taxation is theft) taxes. Instead of pushing every kid towards college schools could partner with their local community colleges and offer programs that would lead to a quick path of independence. Auto mechanic, computer programming, and so on. Maybe now that the left is pissed at the choice of Devos they can see the value in not having it at all. The smaller the government, the better the result. End the Ed. Be sure to check out Rep. Thomas Massie and H.R bill 899.