Every year around the start of football season in the comic strip "Peanuts," Lucy holds a football down to the ground and encourages Charlie Brown to try a kick.
She tells him that this time she won't pull the ball just as he kicks. In spite of all his past experience, he goes ahead, she pulls the ball and Charlie winds up on his butt yet again.
Congress is much the same as Lucy. In their view, everybody else paying taxes is just more Charlie Browns — suckers who fall for the same Congressional tax reform trick every time.
Congress and the respective presidents, that is both Democrats and Republicans, passed recent tax reform legislation in 1990, 1993, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2012.
It's a traditional political exercise whenever campaign contributions are needed or when the administration of the tax law becomes so outrageous that Washington needs to put on a Kabuki play to appease the American people.
What are the lessons to be learned?
First, basically the same politicos who voted for the tax reform acts then are the same politicos who are promising tax reform now.
Second, the politicos claim that they are going to simplify the law.
How can this be? There is not a single member of Congress who has any tax background. As the American people can plainly see (assuming anyone looks), Congressional committees that are charged with overseeing the IRS have no idea what the IRS is doing.
Third, tax legislation is driven by lobbyists who represent special interest voting blocs, are sources of large amounts of campaign contributions or can deliver a cushy and extremely high-paying job when the politico leaves office.
Fourth, the reason Congress is constantly claiming the need to pass tax abuse law is because they want more of the taxpayer's money. If the taxpayers kept their own money, then how can Congress do "the people's business" by rewarding special interest voting blocs, getting more campaign contributions and lining up their retirement bonus job for all the years of hard work dodging any kind responsibility for actually doing the people's business?
Fifth, the income tax system is not a voluntary system. No, it is a confiscatory system.
Sixth, making tax law fair and equitable is just political jargon for redistribution of your money to that part of the American people who will generate the most votes.
Would anybody doubt that the government robs Peter to pay for Paul's vote and passes laws that say the robbery was really legitimate taxation?
Seventh, the government only creates debt and expense. Taking money out of the private sector kills jobs that add to the economy by creating productivity. Government work does not create any productivity.
Eighth, blaming the IRS, which Congress likes to do, is a politically driven diversionary tactic.
Congress and the president are responsible for what tax law is imposed on the American people. Congress and the president are responsible for the oversight and control of the IRS. The IRS, like the other 1,000 or so government agencies, is merely a servant doing the bidding of its two masters.
Face it. The American income tax system is beyond redemption. The only reason it still exists is that politicos in Washington use it to generate votes, generate money to get votes and feather their retirement beds.
It's time to repeal income tax, adopt a new tax system, end the centralization of unbridled power in Washington and return it to the states and the American people.
Did I just hear the words "consumption tax?"
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