The world is in a perplexing situation nowadays. Just this week President Trump released his budget proposal, boy is it a doozie. Top notch media outlets are expressing their displeasure with said budget. Instead of criticizing the fact that federal funds are raised, they instead argue over where the funds are used. I find this talk to be just plain malarkey. Well, I’m here to say that we should just up and dissolve the practice of taxation, and if government as a whole if we can. You see taxes, and government for that matter, are a problem for all but the revolutionary generation. It is for the reasons that taxes are not voluntary despite taxation with representation, taxes deter economic growth, and the private sector does a good enough job in and of itself with natural regulation from the business cycle and laws of supply and demand that we should negate this legislation.

The fundamental principal of no taxation without representation has not been fulfilled. Currently, taxes are more or less compulsory, just like they were back in the 18th century when the US was a collection of British colonies. The colonists got upset over British taxes that the colonists had no say in. That leads to the question of why is today any different? In theory one could say that we elect representatives to the US Congress to decide our taxes, but we as Americans never had the option of joining the union; for that option was taken away from us via the 14th Amendment which says “All persons born or naturalized in the United States and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and the states they reside in”. The 14th Amendment contradicts the preamble to the Constitution stating “We the people” as it defines those that were born or naturalized. The constitution was written by a generation under oppression, is out of date, and is about unifying people born under other bonds, not born into new bonds. The constitution allows congress to levy taxes, and for the people to pay them, but our option to join has been taken away. This must be voluntary, for as my next point will prove that business gets hurt by taxes.

Plain and simple, taxes deter economic growth. We all know the story of how taxes on a corporation get passed onto the consumer, who already experiences a decrease in income due to other taxes. Well the current tax system is embarrassing. A May 2, 2011 New York Times article said that the US trails only Japan in corporate tax rate at 35%, with them having 39.5%. That is 35% of the revenue from our businesses going to government that will mostly likely do nothing productive with it. Money which would be better served improving business, potentially allowing for more jobs as companies will have more funds to expand. And people wonder why the economy is slow. Former president Franklin Pierce made a comment on the issue in 1853 when he said “The revenue of the country, levied almost insensibly to the taxpayer, goes on from year to year, increasing beyond either the interests or prospective wants of the government”. It’s the revenue that goes to nothing useful that destroys the country, which links with some words of wisdom from former president Calvin Coolidge “The power to tax is the power to destroy” and “A government which lays taxes on the people not required by urgent public necessity and sound public policy is not a protector of liberty, but an instrument of tyranny”. So if the government is terrible, can we trust the private sector?

The answer to that is yes, the private sector is more than able to take care of itself. Former president Theodore Roosevelt, hero of San Juan, was once quoted that “A man who has never gone to school may steal from a freight car; but if a man has a university education, he may steal the whole railroad”. The point of this quote is not to say that education is necessary, it is to say that private sector is already doing a fine job of providing education. CAPE lists there are 33,619 private PK-12 schools, 596 private 2-year institutions, and 1,845 private 4-year institutions with which to educate the population. Government also isn’t needed for regulation in the economy, for classical economics gives us the invisible hand theory. This hand is present in the business cycle and laws of supply and demand. Taxes and government aren’t needed to do a whole lot, as David Barnes points out. One of the big topics Barnes covers is how taxation is theft. Citizens either get coerced into paying them to their Washington overlords, or think they’re getting a valuable public service in return. Ultimately Washington is not obligated to provide anything. Barnes also goes over how a tax and government free world would look. It turns out it “…will look remarkably similar to America. Your day could be exactly the same as it is now; you would just get higher quality services at lower prices than what we usually get from the government.” Government is not needed thanks to the end desire for money driving people to provide high quality goods and services at low prices.

To make a long story short, the government has no reason existing, much less taxing us, for we didn’t agree to it, it deters growth, and the private sector does just fine without it.

–The Jiffy Riddler

Let’s Eliminate Taxes