A Constitutional Tax



Gary Austin believes “Flat sales tax fair” (Roundup, Aug. 21). It isn’t. The objective of the flat sales tax is to replace the personal income tax, let everyone keep their money currently taken by the Internal Revenue Service, and replace the revenue lost and then some with a so-called “flat sales tax.”

What about those people below the poverty line who don’t pay any income tax in the first place? Now they are going to have to pay more for the essentials they have to buy every day, which means they must buy less than necessary to sustain life. What’s fair about that?

Besides, since Congress and the administration ignore the Constitution and the consent of the governed anyway, what’s to keep a subsequent Congress from increasing the sales tax 5 percent every year? So now we ask, what’s “flat” about that?

I have a better idea: Let’s go back to a constitutional tax, one in which the people pay no direct tax at all, as the Constitution specifies, unless it is apportioned according to the population as determined by the census. The feds send a bill for operating expenses to the states, and the states collect it from the people — but only when emergencies are so great the people think it justified. Otherwise federal operating expenses can be paid by tariffs on the interstate shipment of merchandise, and by seigniorage — of course, that would require a constitutional monetary system of gold and silver coin instead of worthless fiat paper created out of thin air by the international banking system. And that, in turn, would require a constitutional federal government that conducted itself exclusively within the bounds of the Constitution, something we haven’t had since 10 years after the Constitution was ratified by the states.

There is no point in creating a new illegal and unconstitutional taxing system to overcome the tyranny of the existing illegal and unconstitutional taxing system. We need, instead, a recurrence to first principles: We need a constitutional federal government.

Donald L. Cline


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