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This is a great essay by Paul Arman III questioning the constitutionality of the Real Estate Tax and the tyranny our government employs to evict home-owners without compensations:
Every year in the United States (U.S.), people are forced into homelessness because of their inability to pay real estate tax. Every year hundreds of parcels of land are auctioned off for back taxes at the St. Louis County courthouse. Age is no barrier to this onslaught; even the elderly are susceptible to this victimization. As if sheep led to slaughter, people pay real estate taxes without question. What options are available to those who cannot afford to pay the tax? Is it constitutionally legal? Who does not have to pay? Is it the land owners’ responsibility to educate the public through real estate taxes? How is it legal then, for the government to extort ransom from its citizens by holding their homes as ransom to pay real estate taxes? What does the land of the free mean? What happens to those whose homes are confiscated by the government, and sold for unpaid real estate taxes?
…voting on issues unrelated to education to improve the education at their schools.
As you know the Rockin’ Conservative believes that state, local, and federal revenues should be gathered through taxation of consumption — not the myriad of income, realty, and personal property taxes currently employed.
To that end, the Rockin’ Conservative has joined on with United For Missouri and Let The Voters Decide to enact a Citizens Initiative Petition abolishing Personal Income Taxes in favor of a Consumption Tax.
Today, we find out that the New Bloomfield School Board will vote on a resolution in disapproval of this Citizens Initiative Petition. Thanks to Beverly Martin of Missouri Fair Tax for the ‘heads up’.
The average New Bloomfield ACT score in 2011 was 19.90. Unimpressive (Read here). Perhaps they could work on meeting all 15 of the MSIP APR Measurements instead of just 12.
It seems that the School Board of New Bloomfield would better serve their constituents by working to improve those scores… …instead of working to disapprove of a Citizens Initiative Petition. The Rockin’ Conservative asks you to contact the school to remind them to focus on improving the education they provide!
But, if they must, ask them if they have contacted the above proponents of the initiative to hear their side of the story. Or, are they making this vote without all the facts? Ask them, considering that State Auditor Tom Schweich won’t even weigh in, how did they come to the conclusion that they should disapprove of the initiative!
The phone number at the school is 573-491-3700.
The School Board will meet to vote TONIGHT!
It’s an apropos blog title today because every other representative of Cape County’s Tea Party members has been the topic of this week’s blogging AND it describes a serious turn towards liberalism and big government by Missouri’s freshman Senator.
I couldn’t believe when an article came across my Internet Wires reporting that Roy Blunt was the Co-Sponsor of a new bill to enforce sales tax collection on Internet Purchases.
From Brian R. Hook…
The Marketplace Fairness Act: I don’t think anything could sound more Obama-esque!
At 7:00am on Friday 11/11/11, Jamie Allman of St. Louis’ KFTK 97.1 was scheduled to interview Blunt. I fired off an e-mail to Jamie requesting that the Marketplace Fairness Act be a topic of discussion.
Here are a couple of statements from Mr. Blunt before the tax fairness discussion:
Are we going to be the United States of Europe; or are we going to be who we want to be…
The president’s view of this is clearly different than mine…
…We have to make a different decision; get our spending under control; get our programs under control.
What have we learned from [list of countries]…and other European countries? If your government gets bigger than you economy can support, it creates a huge, and maybe even unsolvable, problem.
Are we going to be the United States of America – where opportunity is the goal – rather than just sort of an equal division of everything that’s out there to divide.
Well, apparently, Mr. Blunt thinks that, here in America, we’re not collecting enough taxes… …and that’s just unfair. Here is the pertinent part of the discussion
Jamie: ~~Sales Tax. Is it Controversial?
Blunt: It is a little controversial; I’m for it; I’ve always been for it. What that would do would be to create a pattern where states could participate; they’d have to make the choice to opt in where the merchant who does $500 million of business over the internet would have to collect the sales tax when they do that business.
Wrong Mr. Blunt; your bill taxes SMALL business that sell $500,000 worth of goods – not $500 million
Blunt: It’s a fairness thing; it’s a fair tax equity thing. The local merchant who’s trying to be there on the Main street on the corner not even far from here or across the street from here… their products all have that – whatever it is where they live – that 5 or 6 or 7%.
Jamie: Yeah they’ve got to pay it.
Blunt: And if you get that mailed to you, you’re not paying that tax right now; though actually technically, under most state laws, including ours, you’re supposed to then voluntarily send the sales tax to the state. And, of course, we know what happens with that.
Blunt: So this is not “Taxing the Internet”. This is saying that if you buy things on the internet, you pay a tax, the same tax you’d pay if you bought it from the grocery store across the street.
Jamie: And here’s the issue, I think, for some people if they’re against this. Let’s put it this way. Let’s have no sales tax at all. But if you’re going to have a sales tax; everybody ought to be sharing that burden in terms… there’s no reason an internet company from California ought to be at a competitive advantage over a company right here in MO.
Blunt: That’s right. If you don’t pay that – your share of the tax – who takes care of the sidewalk in front of your house? Who takes care of the police department or whoever else is dependent on that tax? And so, this is a tax fairness…. I think for years, it’s been confused with the government trying to manage or tax use of the internet – which I’m not for. Now this is just saying, if you buy on the internet – and this is much less complicated all the time too ya know – if your GPS can hone in on a picture of every address in America, they can pretty closely figure out exactly what the sales tax would be for that address with a not-very-complicated program. You apply that program; send the money to the states; the states figure out how to distribute it in the fairest possible way.
Mr. Blunt, which side are you on? The keep the government as small as possible side? Or, the let’s make a giant sales tax collection bureaucracy side? In your discussion with Jamie this morning, you came down on both sides.
Full Disclosure: I am a proponent of abolishing the 16th Amendment in lieu of all taxation via Consumption Taxes, I don’t disagree that we need to be able to apply taxation to the final (first) purchase of an item or service.
However, as Mr. Blunt surely knows, we don’t have a taxing problem in the U.S. right now, WE HAVE A SPENDING PROBLEM. He is clearly not paying attention to his constituents or holding to his word when he co-sponsors a bill that provides an increase in revenue to the Government. No matter what kind of spin he tries to put on it, if I’m paying $10 of taxes to the government, and he puts through a bill that makes it become $11 worth of taxes… …IT’S A TAX INCREASE!!
And Mr. Blunt, it seems you are tone deaf to the regulations already stifling America’s small businesses AND to the millions of Americans that are unemployed or underemployed. A new regulation to require such businesses to track this level of detail taxation will require new, costly and unproductive accounting activity within their firms. And the customers will suddenly be paying 7% more (let’s call it 7% inflation) for the goods and services they spend time and effort locating for the best possible price.
Yes, Mr. Blunt, it’s your turn… …your turn to be the topic of this blog; your turn towards bigger government; your turn towards ignoring your word on taxation; your turn towards ignoring that unemployed / underemployed don’t need a 7% increase in their purchase cost; your turn to sound like Obama and his doctrine of Fairness.
Now is NOT the time for big government and more taxes. IT’S THE SPENDING, STUPID!!
From Americans for Prosperity
A group of 100 U.S. Representatives sent a letter to the so-called Super Committee urging the handpicked group of twelve legislators to consider “all options for mandatory and discretionary spending and revenues” in order to reach the committee’s goal of $1.2 trillion in deficit reduction over the next ten years. In Washington speak, this is code for raising taxes.
Among this list is 40 Republicans whose capitulation encouraging the committee to raise taxes is troubling. We shouldn’t be surprised to see 60 Democrats seizing on the opportunity to drive a wedge between conservatives intent on restoring economic growth by keeping taxes low and Republican lawmakers who are starting to throw in the towel on keeping pressure on Democrats to cut spending.
The letter includes the sentence:
To succeed, all options for mandatory and discretionary spending and revenues must be on the table
In Washington-speak, this means tax increases, and your local House Republican signed the letter.
When you fought against the debt-ceiling increase earlier this year, you knew Tax Increases would be their solution. And, now you see the fruit of Congress’ Super Committee will indeed include Tax Increases. Spending will continue to rise at an astronomical rate, the debt will continue to increase, and our children and grandchildren will be further enslaved to the spineless representatives of our current generation. When will you make them stop?
Contact your Congressman and tell them NOT ONE DIME OF TAX INCREASES UNTIL YOU BALANCE THE BUDGET. PERIOD!! A lack of taxation is not the cause of this problem. IT’S THE SPENDING! STUPID!!
If you’re not outraged, you’re not paying attention.
One of the bonuses for getting out of the world of the Income Tax is that, with consumption taxes, you don’t fill out any forms at the end of the year. My 2010 Tax filing for the State Of Missouri included the forms:
My Federal Income Tax filing include the forms:
- Form 1040
- Schedule A
- Schedule D
- Schedule E,p2
- Form 5695
- Schedule M
- Capital Loss Carryforward Worksheet
- Tax Payments Worksheet
- Charitable Contributions Worksheet
- Student Loan Worksheet
- Carryover Worksheet
Of course, there’s no way the average American knows all the forms to be completed and either uses a program to complete their taxes or seeks the services of a professional. Costs, including fees for electronic filing and direct deposits, exceed $150 per year.
Get rid of income taxes; get rid of all those forms!
Enter United For Missouri, Let The Voters Decide, and Art Laffer (who must have been a zygote when he was cheif economist for President Reagan). These groups are working in Missouri to end the Income Tax in favor of a State Consumption (Sales) Tax. There is extensive information available on their web sites about the benefits of the switch to a Consumption Tax.
But, the usual big government / big money / deep pocket forces are lining up against what’s best for Missouri and America. A report from John McMillen about the opponents to the plan crossed my e-mail today:
Wednesday night 11/2/11. Just got back from St. Louis…”Let Voters Decide” held a conference at the DoubleTree Hotel conference room in Chesterfield, on the 2012 initiative to replace Missouri’s income tax with an increased sales tax.
Art Laffer, Reagan’s chief economic adviser, dubbed the father of supply side economics, was guest speaker. Doctor Laffer had reviewed the analysis of the “Let Voters Decide” proposal and was highly complementary of the proposal and very excited about what it will do to bring business incentives and a job growth environment back to the state of Missouri.
Missouri currently ranks 48th (that’s 2nd from last) for economic growth among all states in our nation. We can not continue allowing this current corrupt income tax system to be used by politicians as mechanism to pick winners and losers, rewarding their political backers and donors through tax credits, and special tax loop holes for their lobbying friends while conversely punishing the rest of us taxing (forcing from us) what we EARN all in order to advance their political agenda.
Dr. Laffer was very optimistic that the “Tax Relief for Missourians” initiative making it to the 2012 ballot and being voted in by the people.
However, this is going to be a hard fight. There is heavy opposition mounting to keep the people’s earnings subject to the will of state politicians, instead of the rightful owners of those earnings… the people who earn it.
Claire McCaskill’s 2008 campaign manager has joined forces with the opposition group “the Missouri Budget Project” and is putting together a coalition of opposition forces mimicking our “United for Missouri’s Future” by adopting the name “Coalition for Missouri’s Future”…. one thing is for certain, Missouri’s future and the future of Missourians is definitely at stake.
This new coalition is made up of Chambers of Commerce in some areas, AARP, Missouri School Board Association, the Teachers Union, Missouri Broadcasters Association, Missouri Realtors Association.
Thousands of Missouri citizens, members of these organizations will be sadly misinformed and scared into refusing to listen to both sides to make a rational logical decision.
In addition to this, there will be boat loads of special interest money from the usual left wing sources flooding our state to defeat this measure.
Dr. Laffer is correct. The entire political landscape of the nation will be focused on this battle. We have the opportunity for Missouri to be the first state in the union to abolish the income tax that taxes what YOU earn, and replace it with a tax on what YOU choose to SPEND. YOU pay your tax when YOU VOLUNTARILY choose to SPEND; NOT through COERCION FROM AN ALL POWERFUL STATE.
Jim Moody is the chief lobbyist and spokesperson for the Missouri Budget project. Mr. Moody is a former republican Missouri House member and budget committee chairman under Ashcroft. This of course always heavily emphasized in media releases and is touted to imply serious credibility.
However, one of the chief proponent spokesmen for this initiative is Carl Bearden, also a former republican House member and former speaker pro tem and also a former chairman of the House Budget Committee who was term limited out in 2007. But this highly credible item is never mentioned in any press reports on this controversial and extremely critical issue.
Mr. Bearden has formed a coalition of United for Missouri’s Future, Missouri Club for Growth, and Let Voters Decide.
Here’s an AP press release telling only one side of this issue which is typically the case. The central message is their usual false assertions that getting rid of the income tax and replacing it with an increase in state sales tax on a broadened tax base is: “regressive” “hurts the poor and the elderly” “unfair” “bad idea” “decreases revenues” etc, etc. this is their usual tired worn out rhetorical talking points which are all blatantly false because they ignore offsetting positive features in the proposal that neutralize or eliminate these negative assertions and assumptions.
The only way we can win our freedom from the evil debilitating effects of the income tax is for all grass roots conservative organizations to join ranks with “Let Voters Decide” stand up and fight back against this well funded, well connected, media favored, deceptive opposition coalition that gets diverted funds from various unions, liberal progressive donors, and front groups created with George Soros funding.
It will take a cooperative active network of like minded conservatives to educate and spread the facts to our friends, family, and neighbors.
I appreciate the opportunity to share as Paul Harvey would say, “The rest of the Story” with facts and data that exposes the truth so YOU CAN DECIDE intelligently for yourself.
Check out these sources to do some research on your own, if you haven’t already.
Democrats and certain establishment Republicans crave big government power and graft. They will forever fight against true simplification of the tax structure, and it’s up to Conservatives and Libertarians to join the battle to complete this mission.