Posts Tagged ‘income tax

28
Feb
09

Pre-Death Aspirations

: or how I learned to stop worrying and steal material from SKOS

Kev at Special Kind of Stupid has written an interesting post called “10 Things To Do Before I Meet My Maker.” It was a fun read and caused me to ponder what pre-death aspirations I have. I just knew that all of you would be thrilled to know what they are–in true narcissist fashion.

  1. Have at least three children.  I know, I know. That seems like the easiet of all of these to accomplish.  The time will come.  But being that I am basically the last Horne male, continuing my family line is important. Naturally that is not the only reason.  There’s the Biblical mandate to be fruitful and multiply. Then there’s this strange internal, unexplainable drive toward parenthood.  There seems to be this innate desire to beget which I think is one of the marks of the Creator that is on man.
  2. Publish a book.  I have bits and pieces of ideas and many of those bits have ended up as posts on this blog.  Hopefully one day I will be able to put those down on real paper.
  3. See the abolition of the income tax. This may not see like a lofty aspiration but I believe that the income tax, which gives the federal government an enormous amount of power over us, is a vehicle for tyranny and I do not want my children (see #1) or grandchildren to live underneath it.
  4. Purchase a Gibson Firebird. As you can see by the price I am going to have to amass a small fortune to do so even at Musician’s Friend’s discounted price.  But oh, they are so awesome. I love Gibson guitars.
  5. Own a DMC DeLorean. This has been my dream car ever since I saw one take Marty McFly back in time. You’d think more manufacturers would include that feature. Go figure.
  6. Go to Disney World.  No, I’ve never been.
  7. Visit all 50 States.  And I mean in a vacation sort of way in which I actually do something and not just pass through.  Visiting friends or family also counts. So far I have been to Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, South Carolina, Tennessee, North Carolina, Maryland, Kentucky, Missouri, and New Jersey.  I went to Texas when I was a kid but I do not remember much about it so that does not count.
  8. Go on a cruise.  I know several people who have done it and it sounds so fun.
  9. Meet a friendly alien.  A Vulcan would be nice.
  10. Give my wife a Chevy Corvair.
09
Feb
09

Harry Reid Says Income Tax Is Voluntary

FYI: Harry Reid is a Democrat and the senior Senator from Nevada and the Senate majority leader.

So tell me again, Mr. Reid, why do we have auditors?  Or the 16th Amendment for that matter? Or prosecutions for tax evasion (Tom Daschle would like to hear the answer to that one)? Or paycheck withholding? And why am I paying for Turbo Tax? Voluntary? I wish.

I believe the good senator was referring to “voluntary compliance” which is really not voluntary. “Dear citizen, will you please volunteer to pay your taxes so we will not have to throw you in jail? Thanks a million.” But as you can see from the video Reid inexplicably takes issue with the “phraseology” used by the interviewer. The interviewer uses the word “forced” to describe how the government collects income taxes. Reid employs a nice little two-step to dance around the issue and attempt (for reasons yet unknown) to explain how the income earners are not really forced by law to pay income taxes.

Whatever you call it, it is out of sync with the original intent of the Congress’s power to levy taxes as described in the Constitution. The original intent prior to the 16th Amendment was for all taxes levied to be apportioned throughout the states. But in 1923 the government gave itself authority to declare a tax on our wages, to declare how much it would take, and to govern what percentage of different individuals’ wages would be taken. It is not fair and the 16th Amendment should be declared unconstitutional. Let your representatives know.

Josh H.

07
Feb
09

Look at Your W-2: See How Much You Really Have?

You read that right. I am going to say something good about the process of filing your tax return (“this oughta be good!”). There is one advantage to getting that W-2 in the mail—it means that you actually have a job. I thought I should lay down a few reasons to be thankful as we move into the tax season because now that I am starting my income tax return (which usually means I have to pay more money when all is said and done) some angry anti-tax posts can not be far behind. 

1. I consistently complain about my job. However I have heard of so many people who are unemployed. I know first hand that jobs are scarce because I have searched for new jobs and there just are not any that require my skill set and it sounds like many others are in the same predicament.  I am glad to be where I am. Heck! Right now it is good to be anywhere.

2. I consistently complain that I do not feel I get paid enough to justify having gone to college. I do not mean that I would have not gone, but somehow I think I deserve more. The truth is I make pretty dang good money considering what little I do know (did I just hear some “amens”?). Tom DiLorenzo’s book “How Capitalism Saved America” states that we all have different interests and tastes and aspirations. Some workers labor so as to achieve a wealthy lifestyle. Others work simply to provide for themselves with perhaps some nice amenities along the way. In my heart of hearts I tend a little toward the former, but I am grateful to be resting securely in the latter.

3. My job seems to provide less than my ideal amount of income. Then again there are two other factors that I fail to consider: a) my wife also works and brings in a tremendous supplement to my income and 2) our income exceeds our expenses. This means that I am living larger than often think I am.

When I consider that last year I went out to eat innumerable times, bought some great gifts for my wife for her birthday and Christmas, went to Dragon*Con, went to Mississippi, made a trip to Alabama, went camping, bought a Macbook, bought lots of iTunes music and gave a weekly tithe to my church all without starving, then I must admit that I things are not as dire as I am wont to make them out to be.  Does anyone else have this tendency?

Josh H.

05
Feb
09

Fair Tax Is a Good Start, but Not a Standalone Solution

On July 14, 1999 Representative John Linder (R-GA) first introduced a bill that would spark a major grassroots effort across Georgia and the country and change the way everyday people looked at their paychecks. That bill was dubbed The Fair Tax. To help the Fair Tax gain traction Linder co-authored a best-selling book with radio talk show host and self-proclaimed talkmaster Neal Boortz.

In a nutshell the Fair Tax repeals the sixteenth amendment, abolishes all income taxes and replaces it with a 23% national sales tax. This means that even though sales tax rates across the country will double or triple, the operating expenses and manufacturing expenses that are involved in making goods will drop dramatically due to the removal of taxes in the intermediate processes. A tax will only be collected at the retail level. Furthermore this national sales tax will not apply to the “basic necessities of life” such as food and clothing. So under this system it is conceivable that would might pay no taxes at all if no purchases besides food and clothing are made.

Prior to the sixteenth amendment in 1923, the federal government had twice instituted a temporary income tax: during the War Between the States in 1861 and then again in 1890. But 1923 and the 16th amendment marked the first time that Congress was granted carte blanche to collect income taxes at any time, to any degree, and at any rate without apportioning it among the several states. The original text of the Constitution demands that all taxes be the same throughout the Union and any direct taxes was to be based on population. The sixteenth amendment made taxes on income the only exception to the Constitutional rule.

Despite being quite revolutionary, the Fair Tax is still not without its problems. One of the purposes of the Constitution is to clearly define the role of government in our lives and to limit its scope in order to prevent tyranny and encroachment on personal property rights and liberty. The Constitution accomplishes this task handily whenever it is properly followed. However in the 20th century the United States government has taken on the role of a nanny to a degree that is unmatched by any prior period in U.S. history. The fundamental problem with Linder’s Fair Tax is that it does nothing to curb the overspending and fiscal irresponsibility that currently plagues federal government. The national sales tax simply moves the overreaching power of Congress from one sphere to another. If the taxing power of the government on income is quashed, then, with the current mindset, it will simply extort funds from citizens in other ways. Big government must change the way it thinks and the voters must help it do so by only electing representatives who will tighten the reigns on the federal government and guide it back to strict adherence to the delegated powers enumerated in the Constitution.

Josh H.




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