F.R. Duplantier reporting Behind The Headlines
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September 10, 2000
Random Thoughts on Taxes and Taxpayers

F.R. Duplantier

by: F.R. Duplantier

Let's start the 21st Century out right -- by repealing the Constitutional Amendment that made Big Government possible.

The Clinton Creep
Remember the rhetorical question the pundits used to ask about Richard Nixon: "Would you buy a used car from this man?" The implication was that he couldn't be trusted. A similar, even more cynical question has been asked about President Clinton: "Would you let this man babysit your teenaged daughter?" The automatic, instinctive answer of any responsible parent: Absolutely not! Why, then, would we let him babysit every last man, woman, and child in America? That's what he repeatedly proposed -- the gradual implementation of cradle-to-grave custodianship, with government as guardian and softened citizens as wards of the state. It's the same old Creeping Socialism, and who needs it?

The Ayes of Taxes
Keep 1993's record-setting tax hike in mind the next time pollsters press for your opinion of the Clinton-Gore Administration. If your sense of morality is so moribund that the President's sexual escapades cannot provoke outrage, and prosperity is the only principle you profess, consider this: The prosperity we enjoy in America today continues in spite of Clinton and Gore, not because of them. Had it not been for their tax increase, and the stifling effects of their other policies, our current prosperity would be much greater. Al Gore, whose deciding vote in the Senate made that tax hike possible, deserves no credit for the prosperity he and his mentor have tried so hard to impede.

Whose Target?
What we need is an across-the-board tax cut. None of this targeted nonsense. Who do Bill Clinton and Al Gore think they are, that they'll consider giving us some of our own money back only if we spend it the way they want us to? Have they demonstrated good judgment in their own affairs? What, then, gives them the right to micromanage ours? No thanks, we can do our own targeting. That's what we do every day. We know what we need, we know what we want, we know what we can afford, and so we make choices. Some of us choose one thing; some of us choose another. We don't want to pay for our neighbors' choices, and we don't want them to pay for ours. What we want is our own money back.

Ax the Tax Code
The 1978 passage of Howard Jarvis' Proposition 13, cutting California's property taxes and capping the subsequent rate of increase, may mark the beginning of the modern-day conservative movement, but what will be the next milestone? Surely it will be the explosion of this long-festering anti-tax fervor on the national level. Tax cuts, of whatever magnitude, will not suffice to quell the gathering storm. Tax reform, real or imagined, will have no effect. Nothing less will do than abolition of the direct national income tax, and repeal of the 16th Amendment. We must go back to the tax system our Founding Fathers carefully crafted for us, to discourage the growth of the central government and protect the rights and prerogatives of the people and the states.

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