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June 28, 2012

Grounds for a Revolution

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“No taxation without representation” is a slogan originating during the 1750s and 1760s that summarized a primary grievance of the British colonists in the Thirteen Colonies, which was one of the major causes of the American Revolution.” (Wickipedia)

In other words, the citizens risked their lives, their fortunes and their honor because taxes were foisted on them without their having a say in the matter.  They didn’t like it.  Thomas Jefferson referred to this as a form of tyranny.  Their rights of representation were being trampled on by a monarch 3,000 miles away.  An entire war was fought and people lost their lives because they believed that the chicanery, duplicity and deceit of this monarch and his minions violated fundamental human freedoms.  It was taxation without representation. The folks had no voice in the matter.

A similar event occurred in 1935 with the passage of the Social Security Act.  The Whitehouse proclaimed from the rooftops that this is “not a tax.” This is an investment in a social insurance trust fund.  It was described as a great umbrella that would assist citizens in their old age.  But it wasn’t a tax.  Now we had representatives at this point in history. Congress and the courts were told over and over again that this wasn’t a tax; it’s an investment in your future.  As the saying goes, you know the rest of the story.  Because a trust fund was never established for each of those “investing” in social security, it was clearly defined as simply a tax.  And as a tax, then the officials in Washington can treat it as any other tax and we all knows what that means: spend it. And boy did they spend it… so much so that what was promoted as an “investment” became a giant Ponzi scheme.  And because the authors didn’t live up to their promises and intents, those investments-nee-taxes are now seen as an entitlement. But is it really? Just ask the folks whose money was invested how they view that.

But we had representatives.  And it seems at least some of them were duped right along with their constituents.  But at least they had representation. No revolution here.

Now we have yet another monarch only a few miles away who glaringly proclaimed his new health care bill “is not a tax.” In a rare challenging interview he defensively repeated that this new health bill “is not a tax.”  This is what he told our representatives.  Being dutiful, they wanted to examine the details and verify that this was the case.  But our representatives were told that they’ll have to examine the details only after the bill had passed. It seems there is no difference between one tyrant 3,000 miles away and 1,000 tyrants just three miles down the road.

And today, this sad day in America, we are told by the high court that even though the people were lied to about it being a tax, they are nevertheless obliged to pay this new tax exactly because it is a tax and levying taxes is within the job description of members of Congress.  The supreme court argument defies logic and common sense; it concludes that just because they didn’t call it a tax doesn’t mean it isn’t.  Forget how it’s described, forget how it’s written, forget how it was sold.  Just because you did call a justice an idiot doesn’t mean they aren’t.

So what do we have?  We have a tax bill that we were told wasn’t.  We have our duly-elected representatives being told to first pass the bill and then discover its content and meaning.

How about a bill doing away with Congressional representatives who don’t measure up to a particular set of standards.  But they have to pass it first and then find out its content and application.

Now if this is a tax, then all monies in this program will be treated as a tax.  That means they’re part of the general fund and can be used for ANYTHING.  If you’re sick about what’s happened with Social Security, you’re going to die over this so-called healthcare mandate/penalty/tax.

As I read it we have taxation without representation, pure and simple.  The history of this legislation is one lie built upon another.  Joseph Goebbels (creator of Hitler’s spin-zone) was right twice in his life: if you lie loud and long enough people will believe it.

It’s time for another revolution. Since voting alone doesn’t seem to do the trick, maybe we need to develop other tactics.

One if by land, two if by sea.

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