Since the end of World War II, the government-driven and social collective mindset, with few exceptions, has been the predominant force in our political system. For long-term prosperity and freedom, however, Americans have a long road ahead to ensure that our country re-harnesses the power of the individual as the driving force of change.
Taxes are one of the most oppressing regulatory systems ever conceived by man. The Founding Fathers struggled with this issue; as we do, to this day. Even the Democratic Party’s long-time hero, Thomas Jefferson, warned against them: “To compel a man to furnish funds for the propagation of ideas he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical.” The majority of Democrats today do not heed Jefferson’s warning; they have become the party of the redistribution of wealth. And while the Republican Party has done a better job reining in the tax demon, it has yet to go far enough and, in some cases, has made matters worse.
To reign in this modern-day form of economic slavery will take political leaders of great vision, courage, and, yes, patience. And in case you’re wondering if there is such a leader on the national political scene at this moment who is running for President — Democrat or Republican — that answer would be no. While controlling 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, and the bureaucracies that go with it, does have unique advantages, there are leaders in the Congress today that do have the skills needed to reshape the outlook on taxes. And they need more help from like-minded Democrats and Republicans to force the issue no matter who wins next November.
In the meantime, there is low-hanging political fruit — things that we should speak out against as soon as we see it. Its bad enough that for decades Presidents and Members of Congress have repeatedly failed to cut federal spending and rein in the federal regulatory state to levels that make a lasting impact; we now are hearing rumblings that the United Nations, with support from some parts of the Obama Administration, and a small number of Congressmen, wants to revisit the imposition of a Global Tax. This gem is a no-brainer.
One of the fundamental problems with the United Nations, and there are many of them, is that it must rely on Member State financial contributions in order to exist. The world would be better off without the U.N. system, but that is a subject for another day. For now, just keep in mind that without money the U.N. could not exist.
With the current U.N. financing model, the larger economic powers have a huge say in what the U.N. can and cannot do. This has been an irritant since the start of the U.N. The Europeans, who treat the U.N. has a global playground, envy the U.S. influence over the institution. For our adversaries, such as China, Russia, and a many others, they have always wanted a way around this money stream. Developing countries as well. What better way to do all this than with a Global Tax?
Why should American taxpayers care about this? The U.N. is an international body of unelected people — it has no authority over our bank accounts and what we do with our money (unless, Congress of course, grants that authority to it). A global tax is also threat to U.S. sovereignty and economic security; it would be administered by people not accountable to U.S. Constitution or our political enemies.
Late last month at Turtle Bay in New York, the U.N.’s NGO Committee for Social Development held a forum titled:
“The Social Protection Floor Initiative: Universal access to basic social protection and social services is necessary to break the cycle of poverty and reduce inequality and social exclusion. A basic social protection floor is affordable; its benefits need to be weighed against the potentially high human, social and economic costs of not investing in social protection.”
They are no longer trying to hide it. These type of working group sessions are held every now and then in New York and around the world in international confabs such at Davos and many others. According to an article in the Desert News, one sponsor of this gathering said that “No one should live below a certain income level,” stated Milos Koterec, President of the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations. “Everyone should be able to access at least basic health services, primary education, housing, water, sanitation and other essential services.” And how do they propose to fund it? Here is a clue:
“We will need a modest but long-term way to finance this transformation,” stated Jens Wandel, Deputy Director of the United Nations Development Program. “One idea which we could consider is a minimal financial transaction tax (of .005 percent). This will create $40 billion in revenue.”
They do not even hide it anymore. She calls it a tax. Wandel delivered a speech in early December that is well worth a read. I guarantee you will not like a thing you read, unless you support the redistribution or wealth as a means to an end, a socialist end. After outlining a parade of global horribles that free markets are responsible for, she details a global transformation “sustainable development” effort that needs funding from a global tax. Where do they propose to get this money? They have many options but, one of the ones that should concern us all is the Internet. I’ll post on this some other day, as well as what these people mean by the nice sounding term, “sustainable development”.
Americans are taxed way too much. Our political leaders have failed to rein in this tax system and that needs to change. Even if you receive a refund every year, your paying too much in taxes. A few years ago I started a business, a law firm, with a good friend. I think I am taxed more now than when I was working for a large global firm, and I know the larger firm was taxed way too much.
This kooky global tax idea is just as ludicrous as it is dangerous to the long-term security of the United States and global capitalism. We need to elect people to local, state, a federal government that are focused on doing something to make sure this global tax, or anything close to it, never sees the light of day — either through laws passed by legislative bodies or regulations promulgated by agencies; but, more importantly, we need people that are going to focus on long-term tax reform right here in the United States. Our future depends on it.