The Conservative Underground – Reagan’s Wisdom on Taxes
Hopefully all of you had the opportunity and attended a TEA party yesterday. Today, I am reminded a number of things that President Reagan said on the subject of taxation and government spending. Rather than adding my own commentary, I would rather just sit and listen to words that have been said before and need to be repeated – over and over and over, until we understand them enough to excite us to action.
I think there are some people here who met a tax they didn’t hike.
Government’s view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.
The taxpayer; that’s someone who works for the federal government, but doesn´t have to take a civil service examination.
I just wanted to speak to you about something from the Internal Revenue Code. It is the last sentence of section 509A of the code and it reads: ‘For purposes of paragraph 3, an organization described in paragraph 2 shall be deemed to include an organization described in section 501C-4, 5, or 6, which would be described in paragraph 2 if it were an organization described in section 501C-3.’ And that’s just one sentence out of those fifty-seven feet of books.
Our federal tax system is, in short, utterly impossible, utterly unjust and completely counterproductive, [it] reeks with injustice and is fundamentally un-American… it has earned a rebellion and it’s time we rebelled.
The federal government has taken too much tax money from the people, too much authority from the states, and too much liberty with the Constitution.
We need true tax reform that will at least make a start toward restoring for our children the American Dream that wealth is denied to no one, that each individual has the right to fly as high as his strength and ability will take him. . . . But we cannot have such reform while our tax policy is engineered by people who view the tax as a means of achieving changes in our social structure.
Have we the courage and the will to face up to the immorality and discrimination of the progressive tax, and demand a return to traditional proportionate taxation? … Today in our country the tax collector’s share is 37 cents of every dollar earned. Freedom has never been so fragile, so close to slipping from our grasp.
Government does not tax to get the money it needs; government always finds a need for the money it gets.
Are you entitled to the fruits of your labor or does government have some presumptive right to spend and spend and spend?