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USA on Slavery’s Slippery Sloap

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The average life of a democracy is 200 years.  Our country has outlived its expiration date largely because it is a democratic republic with a constitution that guarantees our citizens certain inalienable rights and a government with three co-equal branches, each with checks on the other two.

We are  now seeing those basic rights eroded by an aggressive Supreme Court.  We also are seeing those checks and balances upset by an equally aggressive president and a Congress that is reluctant to use the power at its disposal.

Furthermore, the financial stability of this nation has been undermined by our elected representatives who have learned that the best way to stay in office is by spending our money and doing favors for their supporters.

As a result, our economy is at a near standstill and we are mired in debt.  China is bullying us, but we owe so much to that communist country there is really nothing we can do about it.  This has to stop before it is too late because, as the Bible says, “The borrower is the slave to the lender.”

Just how far have we fallen down slavery’s slippery slope?  

Things have gotten so bad that some of our citizens are now willing to give up their freedom at the ballot box in order to get what they do not have or feel powerless to attain on their own.   This is the siren-song of democratic socialism http://www.wnd.com/2015/10/what-is-democratic-socialism/.

While Bernie Sanders is the first presidential candidate to publicly campaign for it, the Democratic party has pushed us away from the free-market toward a socialist system for quite sometime.  As I pointed out in my last column, half of the Democratic leaders in the House of Representatives now are official members of the Progressive Caucus, which is the Democratic Socialist of America’s (DSAUSA) political arm.

Unfortunately, the majority of the leaders in the Republican party also have proven that they are willing to ride this train as far as it will take them just to keep their power.

The people of this country are waking up.  They sense something is terribly wrong.  That is why the outsiders in both parties are now getting the attention of the voters.

Those on the left believe that life is a zero-sum game.   It’s the old, “I am poor because someone else is rich,” argument.

The people on the right believe, as John F. Kennedy did,  “A rising tide lifts all boats.”  They are looking for a candidate who will simply level the playing field.  This explains the popularity of Ben Carson, the retired neurosurgeon and political activist.

While Dr. Carson has not released the details of his tax plan, he long has advocated a plan based on the Biblical tithe.  The idea is simple: All people, whether rich or poor, pay the same rate.

In the Bible, God asked everyone to return 10 percent of what they produce to Him.  If someone makes $10,000, he pays $1,000.   If someone makes $10 billion, he pays a billion.

What about people on welfare?  They, too, should have the privilege of writing a check to pay this tax.  If they have to return a portion of their welfare checks back to the government, they will have skin in the game.  Then, they will care about the size and growth of the government and will be more likely to elect representatives who will control spending.

This is a far better idea than a plan that removes half of all wage earners from the tax roles.

Companies also would be required to play by the same rules and live or die on their own.

Deductions would be eliminated.  That would keep our legislators from picking winners and losers.  It would take away their power to control us.  Even the hallowed home mortgage would go.  It makes no sense to buy a home when one is on the bottom rungs of the economic ladder.  Have you looked at how much interest is paid up front on home loans?  There are much better ways to grow your assets.

Under a flat rate system, we could eliminate the IRS.  How much would that cut the cost of government and save on tax preparation?

Initially, 10 percent may not be a reasonable tax figure, but it is a worthwhile goal.  After all, if it’s good enough for God . . .

These are perilous times.  We need someone who is not beholden to Washington and who is smart enough and brave enough to make the radical changes that are necessary to see that this democratic republic survives.

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  1. The election of Paul Rino as Speaker of the House is a very bad omen indeed. He will continue to give King Hussein whatever the monster demands, just as his predecessor, Weeping John did. If Lady Macbeth becomes President (assuming our country even survives until the election, and assuming that there is an election) Rino will give her whatever she demands.
    And she may well be elected. Even if, by some miracle, Trump or Cruz is nominated, twenty million dead illegal aliens voting early and often can’t be wrong.
    I guess we were lucky our democratic Republic survived as long as it did.

    William B Stoecker

    29 Oct 15 at 8:33 pm

  2. I agree,with a couple of exceptions: one being I still like the long-term home mortgage, even for those on the bottom rung of the economic ladder. A place of your own, your castle, not one you are renting, even if it is a single-wide in a mobile home park (where you own the land it is parked on – or you have the flexibility to relocate) is part of our freedoms. However, the tax deduction for the interest on the home loan could be expendable. However, that is a small part of the Federal income and for the sake of harmony among the population that has grown accustomed to it, maybe we should let it ride. The other thing is reduce the people on welfare so they have the personal respect of earning their own living. Then they wouldn’t have to return some of their welfare payments – or better, have them do some public service work as the tax payment. They will soon get the message that there is no free lunch.
    NOTE TO WM. STOECKER – I loved your comment, the way you selected special names that are easily translatable.
    Finally, let us not give up yet – as Henry Ford once told his skeptical engineers about designing a single-casting V-8 engine block, “You can say you can, or you can say you can’t, and either way you’ll be right.”

    Warren Rosenbaum

    30 Oct 15 at 12:37 am

  3. Great quote from Henry Ford! Owning a home is part of the American Dream. However, we would be so much better off if the government wasn’t in the business of picking winners and losers. Too many people are lured into buying a home before they can afford it or a bigger home than they can afford. There are much better ways to build wealth for a person on the lower rungs of the economic ladder so when someone buys a home he or she will have a real stake in it, not the mortgage company.

    Jane Chastain

    30 Oct 15 at 10:00 am

  4. I am in the group that does not pay any taxes; I agree that everyone even someone like me that has not been able to work for 12 years should have some taxes. I have looked at all the different groups – places that use our money – where the tax money goes. A lot of these groups should not be funded by tax money most should not exist. I do not agree with taxes on a home or on a car – after you paid for it. Land taxes – you are really just renting your home from the government. When you have to keep paying taxes on something you never own it.

    Perry Abernathy

    30 Oct 15 at 5:45 pm

  5. Excellent points Perry. We need a complete overhaul of our tax system so everyone can understand where this money goes so when politicians at the federal and state level want to add to the bureaucracy they have to explain that it will mean another percentage point. Than the voters will say “No, we can’t afford it.” And when we have a president or governor with the courage to say, “we need to eliminate these agencies or these programs (most have redundancies and many are unconstitutional) voters will back them.

    Jane Chastain

    30 Oct 15 at 7:59 pm

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