The income tax is a degrading and demoralizing form of taxation. The implementation of the income tax asserts that the government owns a percentage of our labor, our livelihoods, and the fruits of labor of each citizen within the United States. Furthermore, the progressive income tax is the second plank in the Communist Manifesto. The centralization and growth of the government is subjugating the individual into servitude.
The progressive tax system was pivotal to the arguments of Marx and Engel in The Communist Manifesto. They state “to wrest, by degrees, all capital from the bourgeois, to centralize all instruments of production in the hands of the state.” While the ideals of communism have not prevailed in American society, the principles of socialism have prevailed in the Democratic Party and these ideals are in direct contrast with those of our countries founding.
John Locke is notable for stating “Man being born, as has been proved, with a title to perfect freedom, and an uncontrolled enjoyment of all the rights and privileges of the law of nature, equally with any other man, or number of men in the world, hath by nature a power, not only to preserve his property, that is, his life, liberty and estate, against the injuries and attempts of other men (and government). – Second treatise on Government
The role of government should be the preservation of private property not the extraction of it. The United States government denies its citizens the right to the value of their people’s labor and claims a proportion of it as their own. When the government claims a portion of their citizen’s income they are essentially saying “your labor or income are not your own and we own a portion of it, and we will allow you to keep some of it, because we understand your needs not your right to it. The 16th Amendment must be repealed to restore power back to we the people in appropriation of our income and property.
The 16th Amendment puts no limit on the level of extraction that government can derive from the individual’s labor. This amendment allows the government to take everything that the individual earns, subjugating him to service of the state. The 16th amendment establishes that government is solely the master and the citizenry is simply the subjects with no inalienable rights to their private property. The United States could flourish without the implantation of the progressive income tax and did before 1913. The federal income tax raises about thirty-three percent of tax revenues within the United States. If we were to reduce our levels of government spending to levels of the 1990s, we would not have to replace the progressive income tax with an additional or increased tax rate.
Abolishing the federal income tax would put more money into the pockets of our citizenry. With the tax currently in effect it leaves individuals with less capital for housing, food, school, investment, savings, and luxury goods. This tax puts more capital in the hands of government, allowing them to make the purchasing decisions rather than the individual engaging in the free market system. The increase in savings will be used for investment into entrepreneurial endeavors and additional consumption spending will boost economic growth.
Our limited resources would be put into the hands of the individual rather than the state. We live in a world of scarcity, in which the resources provided are limited in nature. An increase to our income leads to greater capital in the hands of the state rather than in the hands of the individual and private business. The income tax extracts billions out of the private economy and penalizes the productivity of work.
If the 16th Amendment is to remain, we will continue down the road to serfdom. The right of our citizenry to their private property is under assault. The revolutionary ideals that formed our nation are under assault as well, and I am not willing to give up on the principles of freedom.
Frederich Hayek stated “the system of private property is the most important guarantee of freedom, not only for those who own property, but scarcely less for those who do not.”
If we are to preserve the ideals of freedom, we must abolish the 16th amendment.