Tax Shelf-Life Introduction
What is tyranny? How did we get into this mess? What will it take to drain the swamp?
We can and must reduce forced takings, spendthrift behavior and corruption. Our Tax Shelf Life Law cuts straight to the chase and makes fixing these seemingly complex problems a real possibility.
According to John Marshall, the first Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court, “The power to tax is the power to destroy.” The government is not, for the most part, interested in rounding citizens up for incarceration or worse; that costs money and other consequences. It's much easier and more lucrative to simply squeeze us for a few more cents every month, giving politicians plenty of pilf to plunder for their own purposes, maintaining relative peace.
The key to corruption is quiet, keeping things hidden. The best way they've found is to simply kick the can and pass the buck, hiding things in plain view. Once a tax law's passed, it need never be heard from again, and the coins keep clinking into government coffers.
Ever hear of Pennsylvania's Johnstown Flood Tax of 1936? “The Pennsylvania General Assembly passed an emergency temporary 10% alcohol tax, intended to help with clean up, recovery, and to assist flood victims. In 1963 it was raised to 15% and in 1968 it was raised to 18%. By 1942 around $41 million had been collected and as of 2010 the tax was still active bringing in approximately $15.4 billion since inception.” -Wikipedia
Today, despite a new liquor law passed in early summer of 2016, the tax remains, with only mail-order charged an ever-so-slightly lower fee. “With direct-shipment, the 18 percent liquor tax, commonly referred to as the Johnstown Flood Tax, is changed to a lower $2.50 "gallonage" tax.” - Allentown Morning Call 7/8/16
Ludicrously, even the Johnstown Flood Tax is taxed! “It turns out, the 7 percent sales tax is applied to the Johnstown flood tax.” Pittsburgh Post Gazette letter to the Editor from Scott Stevens 4/1/16
Sadly, and by design, this example is far from unique. Once passed and signed into law, taxes are rarely revisited, hardly ever reduced, and almost never, it seems, eliminated. And each new Legislature and Administration keeps its' hands clean, since it wasn't their doing. It works the same on the Federal level. The Spanish Civil War Tax of 1898 cost every American phone customer 3% on their bill... until finally repealed under intense public ridicule in 2006!
There is a simple, logical, constitutional solution. Give the government back it's responsibility to make tax law, and make it be accountable at the same time. The Tax Shelf Life law does nothing more than put an expiration date on all tax laws, and makes government specify in detail the things they want to take from us. No longer will successive generations of politicians be able to vote undying taxes into effect, for nebulous purposes. Instead, after a tax reaches it's second birthday, it dies. That is, unless the pols pony up and pass it, or its' replacement, in their own time in office. They've been living large on our dime. It's time for them to have to come clean and face the consequences of their votes, when we go to the ballot box. If we fail there, at least there'll be no one else to blame!