Taxpayers tend to resist the taxing power of the federal government. During war which is one of government’s favorite pastimes, government borrows because too much taxation would start another war on the home front. But tax or borrow, war is good for growing government.
Government set us up for our formal 1917 entry into World War I with a one-two punch in 1913 preceding the 1914 beginning of the war to begin all wars; hitting us with both the federal income tax and the Federal Reserve. Since then we have waged war and wooed welfare with youthful abandon. Now we are aging with debts coming due. The Fed, liberal lender of last resort, is funding the financial sector with funny money to buy us more time . But time may be running out if new generations resort to revolution as called for by Thomas Jefferson.
If the payroll tax holiday was a way to create jobs, then why not eliminate the payroll tax? The poor would be paid in full and have more to spend. They would also become more employable because of lower labor costs.
Health care funded by the payroll tax could be funded in other ways. For example, we could divert defense spending into spending for health care in this nation. Instead we offensively spend defense money destroying the health of much poorer people in foreign lands.
Likewise, social security could be funded in part by diverting most of the spending on national security into social security. Of course, this implies a willingness to interact in a social rather than an offensive way with the destitute of the world.
Gogebic Taconite is committing armed robbery but Iron and Ashland County sheriffs are stopped from using the power of arrest by a technicality: armed robbery of natural resources is legal. The State of Wisconsin has decreed that GTAC shall pay no royalty on the taconite ore. Thus mining has become a legitimate robbery of the king’s land or in revolutionary America’s case, the people’s land. Gogebic Taconite’s use of guards with semi-automatic weapons has the effect of publicizing this theft as the legitimate armed robbery that it is.
To be fair, GTAC is also in line to become a victim of armed robbery by the state. Wisconsin will tax the profit of mining with a net proceeds tax. This immoral theft of earnings is facilitated through the monopoly on the use of force that the state possesses.