reply to post by cranberrydork
Jay in Arizona answered the question in that corporations have the privelages of human beings without the liabilities of human beings.
The Constitution allowed for a Federal Income Tax only in time of War, a War that must be lawfully declared by Congress. Neither the War in Iraq or
Afghanistan were declared by Congress.
Basically the founding fathers did not want a large standing army. They wanted State's to have their own well funded militias by State Taxes and
would contribute troops from their Militias in times of war to be used by the Federal Government.
That way the Federal Government would not have the military power to impose dictatorial rule which is exactly what happened in the aftermath of the
The founding fathers acknowledged in a time of 'true' war (someone is attempting to invade the United States) that State's individual militias
might need to be augmented by an Army raised by the Federal Government. They realized that a central authority like the Federal Government might be in
a better position to resupply State militias in the field far from their home state and provided a mechanism for the Federal Government to Tax during
war to raise the money to facilitate those endeavors.
After the war was over they wanted the Federal Army disbanded and to stand down, so no dictator in Washington could take over the country. Each
State's militia though still was available for emergency service in case of attack.
The main reason that the Founders did not want the Federal Government to have power to tax so that it could not grow beyond the limits they envisioned
for it, as simply an arbitor of disputes between states as a last resort, in other words if North Carolina and South Carolina just could not agree on
who had water rights to a river that flowed along the border, then the Federal Government could decide at that point.
They did not want a permanent Income Tax so that we would not end up with 666 massive, intrusive, cumbersome, corruption ridden, dictatorial and inept
Agencies of Federal Government driving the nation into debt and robbing citizens of their fundamental liberties and rights in the process...
Which if you are living in the same United States of America I am is exactly what happened when the Federal Government imposed an income tax.
The founding fathers wanted a small weak central government to balance power, so in essence the Federal Government could not be stronger than any one
state or combination of a few.
States were designed to have 'different' flavors much like restaurants. If you wanted to be a devout Catholic Maryland was a good place for you! If
you wanted to be a Quaker Pennsylvania would be ideal. They wanted an federation of states where the state itself pretty much set the bulk of the laws
and customs. They wanted all citizens to be able to travel freely between those states. As long as no state was violating constitutional principals or
impeding passage or attempting to charge a toll for passage by citizens of other states through it, the Central Government had little business.
The Central Government was not designed to make 100,000 laws to dictate to the states.
The Central Government was designed to be small and to simply help create unified tarrifs for exports and imports so no one state had a trading
advantage internationally, to help formulate a united foreign policy, and to help conduct a war if need be, and to settle disputes between states.
Now that does not sound like the costly, bankrupting, liberty robbing, corrupt and criminal government we are stuck with in Washington today because
of how it grew and grew and expanded and expanded itself in unconstitutional ways based on it's unconstitutional ability to coerce taxes and dictate
once it established the Military/Security/Prison Industrial Complex during the Civil War.
I am sure you like most Americans want to do good, and be good, but sadly the Powers that Be and the Corporate Government don't share your
Don't feed the Beast.
Being a true American is following those Constitutional principals which are the only thing that lead to true individual liberty which has NOT ONE
THING TO DO WITH POLITICAL CORRECTNESS. It is the only thing that leads to Self Determination WHICH HAS NOT ONE THING TO DO WITH HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS
OF IMPOSED LAWS. It is the only thing that leads to the pursuit of individual happiness AND WHAT MAKES YOU HAPPY CHANCES ARE WILL NOT MAKE ME HAPPY
AND VICE A VERSUS.
Don't feed the Beast.
If you really need a Nanny for yourself hire one out of your pocket for your house!
No offence, but stop trying to hire them for my house out of my pocket.
I can think for and govern myself and that is what the real Constitution was about.
It wasn't about Yes we can!
It was about YES I CAN!
And I do