ew political issues don't materialize out of thin air. They are created.
Every issue that is a hot topic in Washington today was first an "impractical"
idea in the mind of a radical activist, either a right-wing activist or a
left-wing activist. They are the entrepreneurs of politics.
Why is the Pentagon budget increasing? Why is Congress appropriating
funds for aircraft carriers instead of reducing the deficit? The answer is
that some right-wing activist, perhaps on the payroll of a shipbuilder, created
an issue — the Soviet naval "threat."
Why does OSHA or the Consumer Product Safety Commission exist
to harass businessmen? The answer is that some lobbyists in the 1960s, playing
the role of left-wing activists, perhaps on the payroll of some law firm,
labor union, or insurance company, created an issue — the "danger" of the
workplace or children's toys.
Every "emerging issue" in politics starts with two elements:
some vested interest constituency that will profit from it, both as it emerges
and when it becomes law; and a moral claim, "Right -vs- Wrong," or "The greatest
good for the greatest number." Look at the newspapers to see how this formula
is always repeated. With the Sixteenth Amendment at the turn of the century,
the issue was the high tariff, which benefitted the New England States and
hurt the farm States. The moral claim was "equality and ability to pay";
the practical interest was greed. The income tax was always supposed to
be a tax on "the other guy." Today, withholding of income taxes from working
people is the largest single source of government revenue!
Today the income tax is just taken for granted. It is a slush
fund for political interest groups. More tax-receivers are dependent upon
it than any other source of money. Yet, more people would benefit from its
repeal than would lose! Even many who live off of taxation understand that
they are preying on the productivity of our economy, reinforcing a spy network
as merciless as the KGB, and blowing almost a trillion dollars annually on
Waste, War, and Welfare.
The vested interest constituency that we must depend upon for
repeal is YOU — the Form 1040 taxpayer. You will benefit in a hundred different
ways by the repeal of the income tax: Your standard of living and the quality
of your life, your peace of mind and your focus on productivity rather than
tax avoidance and the fear of an audit by the I.R.S.
The moral claim that we make is as fundamental as the American
ideals that started it all in 1776. We hold these Truths to be self-evident,
that all men (and women) are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable
Rights — and that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness
without fear that a predatory government will seize the fruits of your labor,
investments or creative economic energy in order to subsidize pressure groups.
Moreover, today we have an opportunity that did not exist 10,
20, or even 50 years ago — the rupture in Federal fiscal policy, the runaway
budget of the government and a deficit that is forcing everyone to look for
new answers. There is a titanic struggle in Washington today, as the pork-barrel
politics of the past half-century struggle like a mighty python against the
Milquetoast Reagan Administration's budget proposals. The false promise
of the Reagan administration was that with tax cuts, the Federal government
was supposed to receive more revenue.
In the face of genuine anger among the American people about high
interest rates, gigantic budget deficits, and well-known abuses of civil
liberties by the Internal Revenue Service, the time is right for a fundamental
In this book we will take a brief look at where the income tax
came from, its economic illogic, tactics of the I.R.S., the proper role of
government as seen by the Framers of our Constitution, and the economic benefits
of abolishing the income tax. This book is your blueprint for action: The
Income Tax Must Go!
Sure, you say; it would certainly be nice, but the polar ice caps
will melt before it happens. So why should anyone take the idea seriously?
Why should anyone get involved in politics to support candidates for Congress
or State legislatures who want to repeal the Sixteenth Amendment? Why should
you even read this book?
The answer to those questions is a challenge — If not you, who?
If not now, when? The old cliche, "the only thing necessary for evil to
triumph is for good men to do nothing," is still true today. This short
book makes the case for repeal, and proves that the choice is really between
eliminating this evil or waiting passively for the collapse of the American
What is more important to you than your life, liberty, and property?