Taxes have always been a process of redistributing wealth and every income group thinks they are the ones paying more than their fair share.
Jim---You are dead WRONG, WRONG, WRONG. Your argument is fundamentally flawed from the beginning.
And, Jeff from Yardley, that is not what Taxes are for, nor is it the business of the Government to redistribute wealth in any way. Promote common welfare of a nation--yes, but not welfare as we know it today. (welfare n. 1. health, happiness, or prosperity; well-being. [<ME wel faren, to fare well] ) Welfare in today's context also means organized efforts on the part of public or private organizations to benefit the poor, or simply public assistance. This is not the meaning of the word as used in the Constitution.Source: AHD--US Constitution On-line)
Not only does it not make logical sense (why would one work and get ahead so that the fruits of their efforts--their prosperity--are given to others?), it is against the Constitution.
I am amazed that people on these boards, who have the most to lose by socialistic redistribution of wealth, would even entertain such thoughts.
I guess every amercian should have a big truck full of dogs, or fancy camera equipment, etc., or am I suppossed to sell mine and re-distribute the proceeds? We've earned those things, or we have not.
What I am hearing on these boards is Socialism and Socialism is the not compatible with the individual liberties and other "unalienable rights" granted to the INDIVIDUALS by their creator. By definition, it is UN-American.
To promote Socialism or redistribution of wealth is a fundamentally NOT what this country was founded on, in fact the opposite. Individual liberties and rights, vs that of a Government that does not exist for "WE THE PEOPLE".
Here is what the Constition says. Pretty clear--read it.
Section 8 - Powers of Congress
The Congress shall have Power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defence and general Welfare of the United States; but all Duties, Imposts and Excises shall be uniform throughout the United States;
To borrow money on the credit of the United States;
To regulate Commerce with foreign Nations, and among the several States, and with the Indian Tribes;
To establish an uniform Rule of Naturalization, and uniform Laws on the subject of Bankruptcies throughout the United States;
To coin Money, regulate the Value thereof, and of foreign Coin, and fix the Standard of Weights and Measures;
To provide for the Punishment of counterfeiting the Securities and current Coin of the United States;
To establish Post Offices and Post Roads;
To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries;
To constitute Tribunals inferior to the supreme Court;
To define and punish Piracies and Felonies committed on the high Seas, and Offenses against the Law of Nations;
To declare War, grant Letters of Marque and Reprisal, and make Rules concerning Captures on Land and Water;
To raise and support Armies, but no Appropriation of Money to that Use shall be for a longer Term than two Years;
To provide and maintain a Navy;
To make Rules for the Government and Regulation of the land and naval Forces;
To provide for calling forth the Militia to execute the Laws of the Union, suppress Insurrections and repel Invasions;
To provide for organizing, arming, and disciplining the Militia, and for governing such Part of them as may be employed in the Service of the United States, reserving to the States respectively, the Appointment of the Officers, and the Authority of training the Militia according to the discipline prescribed by Congress;
To exercise exclusive Legislation in all Cases whatsoever, over such District (not exceeding ten Miles square) as may, by Cession of particular States, and the acceptance of Congress, become the Seat of the Government of the United States, and to exercise like Authority over all Places purchased by the Consent of the Legislature of the State in which the Same shall be, for the Erection of Forts, Magazines, Arsenals, dock-Yards, and other needful Buildings; And
To make all Laws which shall be necessary and proper for carrying into Execution the foregoing Powers, and all other Powers vested by this Constitution in the Government of the United States, or in any Department or Officer thereof.
Does it say anywhere that making everyone equal--by redistribution of wealth, is a power of the Government? NO! God (aka.."Their Creator") already gave you that...the Government can't do it, nor should they.
At its most basic and beautiful form, our Government should do only for the people what they themselves can not do for themselves. I fear that we Americans have been so relatively prosperous, for so long, that we have forgotten what it took (as reflected in the Constitution) to become so.