America's National Religion -- Chapter 2

Reviewing my rant against the Ides of April caused me to wonder if I made my point clearly.

Some people have asked how government services could be financed without the current tax system. My first response was: That's not my problem. The Constitution grants Congress the power "to lay and collect taxes," so it's up to them to find a way of doing it that doesn't suck us dry.

Maybe we should take the phrase literally and require each Senator and Representative to go door-to-door asking for what they think we should render unto Caesar. If they had to work for their money like the rest of us, that might change their outlook.

Putting that delightful fantasy aside, the solution to the problem should be obvious -- voluntary taxation. We have voluntary military service, which has proved to be highly successful. So why not allow every citizen to give whatever amount he or she wishes to the government?

Before that suggestion is laughed off, let me point out that a form of voluntary taxation is already being used effectively by many states and other nations--lotteries.

Think about how popular legalized gambling has already become, with people spending billions on Powerball tickets and rushing to race tracks and casinos in Nevada, New Jersey and Indian Reservations. Why shouldn't Washington get in on that action?

Of course, the biggest hitch would be to persuade the politicians to get rid of the income tax first, or a national lottery would be one more added burden. But consider just one benefit of my plan. The Internal Revenue Service has about 150,000 agents dedicated to shaking us down, while 150,000 tax lawyers and accountants busily search for loopholes. Repealing the 16th Amendment would free 300,000 people to find useful work.

A computer automated lottery would eliminate the need to file and audit tax returns, saving the cost of paying many other civil servants. Everyone with a P.C. and credit card could play, with businesses selling tickets to those who prefer to use cash.

I don't see how anyone who is aware that the urge to gamble is part of human nature could object to this method of financing the federal government easily, efficiently and even enjoyably.

Furthermore, voluntary taxation would help us toward the capitalist ideal of having as few government employees as possible and as many people as possible in the private sector, where the real work of nation-building is done.

The socialist goal desired by President Obama and his followers is to have all Americans employed by the government or dependent on it for their survival. If that ever happens, there won't be any taxpayers to support the government.

And the Obamaites will have a propaganda campaign to blame others for their failure.

Having stated my case, I'll leave you with this happy thought: If taxation without representation is tyranny, taxation with bad representation is worse. A bad representative can say the people are at fault for having elected him. The people can revolt against a tyrant, but not against themselves.