TAX AND SPEND
Congress is unfairly and unconstitutionally taxing smokers to
fund government run child healthcare, not only at the federal level but also at
the state level as is the case in states like California. Why is it
unconstitutional? Because Article
1 Section 8 of the Constitution
states: "The Congress shall have power to
lay and collect taxes, duties, imposts and excises... but all duties,
imposts and excises shall be uniform throughout the United States
Taxing one segment of the population for the benefit of another segment of the
population is unconstitutional. It is Marxism!
Now they want to raise this unconstitutional tax another 65c per
pack. They claim that second hand smoke is responsible for
causing child illnesses but there is absolutely no evidence to support
the assumption that second hand smoke harms anyone. If liberals want
government funded healthcare so much, then instead of cigarette taxes funding
child healthcare, why not fund it with a tax on carbon credits, Hollywood movie
production, and health foods? Seems fair to me in that those who want
it should pay for it.
The question I have is: Where does the Constitution authorize the
federal government to spend taxpayers' money on healthcare? I can't find
it anywhere. Article
1 Section 8
clearly defines what tax revenues are to be used
for. Healthcare isn't in there. Moreover, how do they get away with
forcing those who won't use it to pay for it, as they're doing with
the child healthcare plan paid for by cigarette sales? In the case of
HillaryCare, those who pay the least in taxes, if any, would benefit the most
from it. Those who continue paying for private healthcare would still be
forced to pay for HillaryCare through higher taxes. Can you say
"Socialism?" Not so much? How about "Marxism", Hillary's favorite
The point is that there is another way to pay for these "charity"
causes without unconstitutional government spending. It's called "private
charity" where citizens have the choice to contribute as much as they want to
pay for these programs. Democrats would have you believe that things can't
be done unless the government does them. That is an outright lie!
Most things can be done much better through private enterprise
and without government involvement. That is what this country was
built on. The responsibility of government is to do those things that the
Constitution authorizes it to do and nothing more. Private citizens and
organizations will take care of the rest and do it much better than government
ever can. To quote California State Senator Tom McClintock, "If it's in
the Yellow Pages, the government shouldn't be doing it."
Our country is in deep debt and Congress just keeps on ignoring it and
spending beyond our means. The future right now does not look all that
secure and my feeling is that we should be trying to develop a budget surplus
instead of increasing our debts. Where is America's financial safety
net? How can Congress sleep at night without worrying about how we're
going to pay for emergencies and pay off this huge national debt that just
keeps getting larger and larger? How can Congress face the taxpayers
while they keep spending money they don't have year after year?
If we are attacked again, it's going to be devastating on our economy
and we will have no reserves to cover the loses. Just as a responsible
family would do, Congress should be saving money for a very rainy
day. Instead they continually spend more and more every year
and will continue to until our credit is all used up. We are all going to
end up paying the price for the irresponsible fiscal behavior of our elected
officials. Will we wait until then to turn to them and say "see what
you've done to us" when our money becomes worthless? No, probably
not. The entitlement generation will simply ask "where is my check?"
A question that will go unanswered from the fatcats in Washington who will be
hiding under their desks and wondering how they're going to pay for their
"earmark" commitments and ultimately, their next reelection campaign.
When I was much younger, I, like many Americans, ran up my credit cards,
auto loan, etc, and tried to live beyond my means. One day I came to the
realization of my enslavement to my creditors and the loss of freedom it was
costing me, and what might result if I should have some unexpected
emergency expense that I didn't have the money for. I changed my
lifestyle, reduced my spending, sold one of my cars, moved to a
cheaper home, got myself out of debt, and regained my freedom. Today
I am indebted to nobody and I cannot understand why my government can't do the
same but instead just keeps getting our country deeper and deeper in debt.
It is totally irresponsible of our public officials in Congress.
Just like with individuals indebted to finance companies, our government is
now committed to foreign governments for this huge national debt and committed
to pay it off. Until we do, America is not a free nation and neither are
it's people. The sad part is that instead of looking for ways to reduce
spending, Congress just keeps looking for new ways of spending more and
continues to hold the taxpayers responsible for it. Mrs. Clinton is
the best example of that right now but far from the only one. Congress in
general seems to think that their primary job is to spend our money,
the more the better. That is not their job!
I don't know how we're going to change this unlimited spending mindset
of Congress and the president, but it must be changed and soon. We must
find a way to hold our government accountable to the Constitution or we're
doomed. All unnecessary spending must be stopped and stopped now before
it's too late. The consequences will be that our money becomes worthless,
our country becomes worthless, and our lives become worthless. The
only solution is that only people who pay taxes should be allowed to
vote. That would clean up all this traitorous corruption in
Congress in no time.