No Taxation without Representation   1 comment

Before my laptop had a disabling encounter with water, we were working out way through the Declaration of Independence, seeking to see where our current government is acting a lot like the British in 19976.

For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:

This is not a problem we have today. We have plenty of trade. We could have a discussion about our trade imbalance, how environmental regulations prevent us from having trade appropriate to our national needs. We could also have a discussion about how Alaska is prevented from selling our oil overseas. We’re required to sell our oil to domestic markets, which costs Alaska a fair amount of money on every barrel of oil. It’s not a wide spread problem, but tyranny exacted toward one state should be the concern of all states.

For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent: 

The Stamp Tax of the early 1760s was the first major cause of the quarrel between the Americans and the British. It occasioned the first strong articulation of the principles of the Declaration by James Otis in 1764, entitled “The Rights of the British Colonies Asserted and Proved.” The principle “no taxation without representation” was soon extended to the whole conduct of government. Not just taxes, but all acts of government must be by “the consent of the governed.”

Supposedly we have representation in Congress, but many of us experience regulatory “taxes” all the time. We don’t realize we pay these taxes, because they’re hidden in our phone and electric bills and the cost of items we buy. ObamaCare is requiring a lot of new “fees” on medical supplies. Ask your Congressman if there’s anyway to discontinue these fees. I know the answer. Even those who are sympathetic to our side of things will tell you that it’s not going to happen without a major reform of the administrative state.

Have you heard of the REINS Act? Have you written your Congressional delegation about it yet?

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  1. I think the problem today is more like “representation without taxation”. its just as bad. IMO, to tax me without giving me at least some sort of say in where my taxes are squandered, as it is for me to have a say without having to bear the burden of all the things I request. Furthermore, for every person who votes, and who is not taxed, and who glibly votes himself funds from his neighbor’s pocket, the votes (representation) of those who bear the burden of footing the bill is diluted.

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