posted on Apr, 22 2010 @ 12:09 AM
The problem isn't the rich, it is income taxation, which maybe the rich conspired to have thrust upon the people of The United States, but that
income taxation is the problem should be clear. Income taxation has not just unfairly robbed ordinary working class people of needed money, those
taxes have been used to expand the federal government, and state governments to the point we are today. Even the vaunted Ronald Regan, famous for his
anti big government rhetoric, expanded government. Regan paid lip service to conservative ideology while all the while adding to the expansion of
This expansion of government has made it improbable for many to save their money and invest in their own futures, and has created a sort of serfdom
that is not good for anybody, including the rich. Aristotle, all those years ago, in his analysis of Politics, reduced the cycles of revolution, (I
know the department of redundancy department), down to the have's and have not's. What Aristotle said was that when the gap between the haves and
have not's becomes so great the have not's can no longer survive then they revolt, and a form of wealth re-distribution takes place, pacifying the
have not's until they grow apathetic, while the have's gradually regain their wealth, and this cycle continues over and over and over...
The arguments I always hear in favor of income taxation are that without them we could never have the "important government services so necessary"
to the public. Of course, with the exception of a brief income tax passed to pay for the Civil War and repealed after the funds were raised, the
United States federal and state governments managed to act as a government without income taxation for roughly 130 years. Hell, when the Colonists
revolted against England, there was no such thing as income taxation, and those guys declared war over a tax on tea! Times have certainly changed.
If the currency in the U.S. was a stable one backed by something of intrinsic value and there was no income taxation, the poor would have a much
easier time climbing out of that predicament and into a more comfortable one. There are no stories of the welfare recipient that used that
"necessary government service" to rise out of poverty. The multitude of licensing schemes, and regulations placed upon the market place favor the
rich and certainly not the poor. Even so, that great American Dream can, in many ways, be seen in the crafty ways immigrants will ignore licensing
schemes and intrusive regulations and just market their wares on the public sidewalks of where they reside. Of course, they will be periodically
harassed and even arrested by the police, but usually they are back out selling their wares the very next day.
Not just immigrants, on a personal note, I was fortunate enough to know a man affectionately called "5th Street Dick" because he was a homeless man
who took a shopping cart and bought a large coffee container and would walk up and down 5th Street selling his coffee. After several years of this
sort of enterprise, he managed to not just get a home, but open his own coffee house, called...you guessed it, 5th Street Dick's. Dick, tragically
died of throat cancer several years ago, but his legendary coffee house with some of the best jazz in L.A., remains open to this day.
When wandering up and down 5th Street, Dick did not apply for any license to do so, nor did he comply with any local, state or federal regulations, he
just sold coffee to anyone who wanted a cup. Good coffee, imported from Africa, that was his gig, bringing African coffee to Americans, and he
remains, in my view, a hero and a true Captain of Industry, who overcame his problems and rose to prominence, in spite of the intrusions government
would have liked to impose upon him, simply because he wanted a better life.