Taxation without representation is tyranny.
Q: The average American worked 113 days to pay their federal, state and local taxes in 2008. Is that not excessive?
A: Well, uh, maybe. But it's not tyranny. You have elected representation. Local officials, state officials, a representative and two senators in Washington, and a president in the White House.
Q: Yes...but who do these people really represent? Do they represent you and me, or do they represent special interest groups?
A: Well, of course special interest groups have some influence, and that is sanctioned by the constitution, but your elected officials represent you, and you have the power to hold them accountable at the polls.
Q: Right now we have a huge spending bill winding its way through Congress. When we are done paying interest charges, the total cost could easily exceed $1 trillion. Understandably, this bill is NOT supported by most voters. Congressional leaders are ignoring the will of the people, are they not?
A: Sometimes our elected officials are forced to take action that is very unpopular. That's how our system works—this is a democratic republic, not a democracy. In a democratic republic, the elected officials help to moderate the shifting whims of public opinion.
Q: But what if Congress looses touch with the voters? What if our elected officials develop a herd mentality and begin making irrational decisions? What if they begin making unpopular decisions that are, in fact, not in the best interests of their constituents?
A: That's where the Constitution comes into play. The Constitution (particularly the Tenth Amendment) places limits on what the government can legally do. The constitution is the supreme law of the land and protects citizens from abuses from the government.
Q: You think the constitution places limits on the government?
A: Yes, the Tenth Amendment says that the Federal Government does not have powers that are not explicitly delegated by the constitution.
Q: Does the Constitution explicitly grant the Federal Government the power to spend billions of dollars on university building projects? To spend tens of millions of dollars on the arts? To spend tens of billions of dollars to feed fat people? To spend hundreds of millions of dollars on train systems? To spend hundreds of millions of dollars on hybrid cars?
A: Well, those are all very important things. If we don't make those investments, it will cost our society much more in the long run. (By the way, not everyone who receives food stamps is fat.)
Q: You're getting us off track. Does the Constitution grant the Federal Government the authority to spend money on art, food, cars, trains and university buildings?
A: Well, not exactly. But this spending is for the greater good.
Q: So the Constitution, the one thing that stands between us and the insidious abuses of a derelict government, isn't working very well for us, is it?
Q: Next question. When Congress ignores the Constitution and ignores the voters; when you have a President who has lamented the fact that the Supreme Court did not "break free from the essential constraints placed by the Founding Fathers in the Constitution"; when your Commander In Chief spends an inordinate amount of time voicing the concerns of the nation's critics, rivals and enemies, what kind of government do you have?
A: [blank stare]
This bears repeating: taxation without representation is tyranny.
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