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Tag: income tax
  • Can we stand up against an Income Tax?

    In Federalist 31 Hamilton states that, [T]he national government should possess an unrestrained power of taxation… A government ought to contain in itself every power requisite to the full accomplishment of the objects committed to its care, and to the complete execution of the trusts for which it is responsible, free from every other control …

  • No American Should Pay an Income Tax

    There is no doubt that our government is spiraling out of control. With over $15 trillion in debt, Obamacare, and multi-billion dollar bailouts, we are in over our heads. However, the problem itself does not stem from a lack of taxation or a need for more bipartisan politics. Bipartisanship is a major source of the …

  • On the Prop 8 Decision

    Let’s get rid of this problem with  a two step solution:  get rid of the income tax (and various other government discriminations against the unmarried of all varieties) and return marriage to the private sphere from whence it came.

  • Where America’s Freedom Is Moving

    In a Forbes.com article featured by Yahoo! News, entitled “Where America’s Money Is Moving,” Jon Bruner write about how IRS data show America’s wealthy are moving in droves to the south to enjoy sunny weather, cheap real estate, and lower taxes. My initial reaction was to opine about the benefits of lower taxes, but I’ve …

  • Creepy Tax Advert from PA

  • Cheap on Charity?

    With the release of both President Obama’s and Vice President Biden’s 2009 tax returns last week comes some revealing information. Though the Obama’s reported that less than 6 percent of their $5.5 million income went to charity, the most interesting tidbit is that the Bidens gave less than 2 percent of their $333,000 income to charity. Even …

  • Paying Nothing on Tax Day

    In recognition of Tax Day, I’m revealing the amount of income taxes I paid for 2009 after filing my return earlier this year:   .  No, that’s not a typo after the colon. I paid nothing.  Thanks to our “progressive” income-tax system, I received all of my federal witholdings back in the form of a check. …

  • Life before the Federal Income Tax

    Robert P. Murphy of the Pacific Research Institute has a good article out on the insidious origins and history of the federal income tax: As Tax Day approaches, Americans rummage for misplaced receipts and dread any letters from the Internal Revenue Service. Most Americans remain unaware that for almost a century America got along just …

  • The Trouble with the Constitution

    I had been meaning to start this conversation for awhile and Matt Cockerill’s post “Constitutionalism Can Mean Statism” spurred me on.  The liberty movement sometimes finds itself saying “Restore the Republic” by “Respect[ing] the Constitution.”  Fair enough, but restore which elements of the Republic and respect which parts of the Constitution?  1787? 1789? 1870? 1913? Those of us who …

  • Rep. Paul Ryan: Liberty’s New Hope in Congress?

    Ron Paul isn’t the only Paul in the House of Representatives on the lookout for liberty.  Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) has made a good name for himself fighting for liberty over the past year.  In July, Reason.com asked “Why Can’t Paul Ryan Be the ‘Future of the Republican Party’?”  Last month, Rep. Ryan wrote a …