An abbreviated version of the following e-mail was published as a Letter to the Editor in the September 15, 2011 Hillsdale College Collegian.
Dear Constitutionally Knowledgeable Hillsdale College Community:
The purpose of this letter is to introduce you to the CONSTITUTIONAL SUPPORT TAX (the CST.) But first, a few introductory comments are in order.
The President signing the Budget Control Act of 2011 on August 3rd simply ended one round of a perpetual prizefight over the size, scope and intrusiveness of the Federal Government in America's life.
Unfortunately, we classic liberal Constitutionalists have been loosing rounds of this fight for years.
Why has the Federal Government had an ever-growing debt since early in the 20th Century?
The actions of the self-deemed "Progressives" over the past 100+ years to shred the Constitution by working to expand the Federal Government are clear. These actions have been an essential part in creating the ever-growing debt.
However, a few questions. Is there something deeper, possibly readily visible, but simply "missed" by we Constitutionalists that is empowering the Progressives? And if so, what is this "something deeper"? Can steps be taken to change the situation to greatly restrict, if not end, the power of the Progressives to continually grow the Federal Government? If so, what steps?
The answers to the these questions follow and are actually quite simple. And yes, there is a readily visible something deeper that we missed. Sad to say, this missed something is contained in the Constitution we hold in such high regard, and could be called its Achilles Heel. What is this Achilles Heel?
Three paragraphs in Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution and the 16th Amendment give Congress monopoly control over Federal Government finance, and incredibly easy access to money. These four are:
(1) Paragraph One. "The Congress shall have Power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises...."
(2) Paragraph Two. Congress having the power "To borrow money on the credit of the United States;"
(3) Paragraph Five. Congressional power "To coin money, and regulate the Value thereof; ...." (This power has effectively been ceded to the Federal Reserve.)
(4) The 16th Amendment which provided Constitutional authorization for the Revenue Act of 1913 that implemented the Income Tax.
These four serve as the Constitution's Achilles Heel. They have permitted the Progressives (renamed Regressives by Michigan Congressman Thaddeus McCotter in a speech at the Iowa State Fair in August 2011) to push forward at full speed to expand Federal Government involvement in every phase of American life. Easy, multiple-source access to MONEY, under the "supreme Law of the Land," enables the Progressives to hold their whole ever-growing house-of-cards Federal expansionism plan together.
With the passage of time, many people, unfortunately including many of we 21st Century conservatives, have simply accepted this Congressional monopoly control as the paradigm, particularly with respect to the Federal Government having the power to tax.
We rarely, if ever, think of this monopoly control of money as being the "nerve center" of Federal expansionism. Thousands of spending interests (many very left-leaning) have deeply root themselves in the taxpayer's pocketbooks. They "chomp at the bit" to get evermore money.
As a companion matter, the stage gets set for the spread governmental control to matters as basic as the light bulbs we buy.
This problem has not been just recently identified. In many places the Anti-Federalist Papers state or strongly allude to the dangers of what could happen if the government offered by the then proposed Constitution got out of hand. (Particularly Anti-Federalist Paper Brutus V published December 13, 1787, that focuses on taxation. It can be easily found online using the Anti-Federalist Paper Brutus V title. Reading a selection of Anti-Federalist Papers gives a chilling picture of how the fears of the writers have in fact "played out" in the Federal Government of 2011, although not exactly as the writers suggested they might.)
Being in the early 21st Century, not the late 18th, what correcting steps can we take?
The CONSTITUTIONAL SUPPORT TAX (the CST) is designed to end this monopoly control problem permanently. With the CST in place the Federal expansionism superstructure will, for all practical purposes, collapse.
In summary, the CST has four parts:
1. The power to levy Taxes, Imposts and Excises Congress currently has would be repealed from Article 1, Section 8, paragraph 1 of the Constitution, along with the 16th Amendment.
2. Paragraph 2, giving Congress power to borrow money would also be repealed.
3. Once Congress sets the Federal Budget each year, the Budget will be divided among the States by a formula that is fair to all States. This five-part formula is explained on the website.
4. At the State level, the people and State officials would decide how to pay their State's mandatory share of the Budget.
By using the States as a critical checkpoint on the flow of money into "the Feds" coffers, We the People will have much greater control over the Federal Government. Please see details of how the CST will work on the website, www.constitutionalsupporttax.net
. Political pressure point 4 of 8 toward the end of the website is key to reining in Federal expansionism.
A free society will not long exist if it constantly has a Soviet-style, command-and-control mechanism forced on it from errant political forces. Why should Americans continue to endure such a mechanism?
Also, please see the "two broad principles" of government in the introduction to Capitalism and Freedom by Milton Friedman.
The CST will be a valuable tool for maintaining far-closer compliance with Friedman's two broad principles than our current system of Federal Government finance.
Thank you for your time