Ron Paul: Income Tax = Involuntary Servitude

In his latest column, Ron Paul talks about Tax Freedom Day, a hypothetical holiday which is “celebrated” today, April 13, and symbolizes the fact that Americans are slaving away 3.5 months, or 28.2% of this year to fulfill the government’s voracious appetite for confiscatory taxes, corrupt bailouts and wasteful stimulus efforts. Ron Paul wants to abolish the income tax and replace it with nothing, and until that dream becomes a political reality, he fights for every tax cut and tax credit possible.

Fewer Taxes for Real Economic Stimulus

by Ron Paul

Taxes are the issue this week as Americans struggle to make the April 15th deadline to file their returns. It is a good time to contemplate the effects of big government and what it does to our country. The income tax is one of the most egregious encroachments on our liberties today. It is a form of involuntary servitude, which was supposed to have been outlawed by the 13th Amendment.

Tax Freedom Day is defined as the day when the nation as a whole has theoretically earned enough income to fund its annual federal tax burden. For all of the days of the year before this day, you are a slave to government. For 2009, Tax Freedom Day will come on April 13th. Almost a century ago in 1910, before the mistakes of 1913-namely the inception of the Federal Reserve and our current income tax, Tax Freedom Day was January 19th, signifying a mere 5% tax burden. Somehow, our country functioned just fine.

If calculated to include government spending and the deficit, rather than just collections, Tax Freedom Day would actually fall on May 29. The annual deficit adds to the growing debt of future generations and adds insult to injury to those that struggle to make this economy work. It is a slap in the face that this is not enough to prevent this crushing governmental burden from falling on the next generation.

For months now, Washington has been desperately throwing taxpayers’ money at various programs to stimulate us out of the recession, to no avail. Seeing hard-earned money confiscated from the people and spent in such wasteful ways, such as the recent bailouts, is almost too much to bear. Getting rid of the income tax altogether, while very beneficial, may be a while in coming. In the meantime, I am fighting for every tax cut or tax credit possible.

I can think of no better economic stimulus than letting people keep their money and spend it how they see fit. For this reason, I am an original cosponsor on a bill that would give Americans a two month employment and income tax holiday, while taking unused TARP money back from the Secretary of the Treasury and putting it in the Social Security trust fund instead.

In addition, I have recently introduced the Child Health Care Affordability Act. If passed this legislation would provide parents with a tax credit of up to $500 for health care expenses of dependent children. I have also re-introduced the Tax Free Tips Act, which would make tips exempt from federal income and payroll taxes. I am also an original cosponsor of a bill that would make permanent the deduction of state and local sales taxes. My bill HR 162 exempts Social Security benefits from income tax.

These are just a few of the many tax related bills I am fighting for in Congress, but without a corresponding cut in the size of government, which I am also fighting for, we are simply adding to the future tax burden of our children.


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  • Xylogeist

    @ElSuperHosen I guess he did say it was unconstitutional. At least his argument is different from the normal argument that has been refuted.

    • ElSuperHosen

      @Xylogeist Except that the Constitution itself refutes Paul’s argument. It’s so ridiculous that no one has argued against it.

      • Xylogeist

        @ElSuperHosen Well the constitution talks about levying tariffs that are proper (needed). Income tax is not needed, its the least fair tax.

        • ElSuperHosen

          @Xylogeist It is far from the least fair tax. It is just unfairly managed by both parties. Dems expect rich to pay for everything, and…

        • ElSuperHosen

          @Xylogeist ..GOP demands the rich pay nothing because “then they can create jobs.” Neither approach is fair.

        • Xylogeist

          @ElSuperHosen Well a flat tax endangers the poor and an escalated tax is completely unfair. Why tax a persons productivity?

        • Xylogeist

          @ElSuperHosen Well the rich own both parties now. Regardless of Ron’s stances, at least he isn’t funded by Goldman Sachs (like all others).

        • ElSuperHosen

          @Xylogeist A progressive tax scale should be scaled to have less impact on the poor than the wealthy, to allow the poor to become wealthy.

        • ElSuperHosen

          @Xylogeist You’re forgetting Koch Industries. (Paul also is not funded by them)

        • Xylogeist

          @ElSuperHosen I’m still on the fence about progressive tax. I’m a classic liberal (Chomsky Liberarian) so I tend to be open to such ideals.

        • ElSuperHosen

          @Xylogeist A progressive tax scale is not unfair. It’s just unfairly implemented here. It requires reform without question.

        • Xylogeist

          @ElSuperHosen I still despise income tax on principal. It is the act of taxing the fruits of their labor, which is rather silly.

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