Quote of the Day: "Nothing is official, until it has first been denied." -- Jerry Hughes, radio talk show host, and a friend of Downsize DC
You probably have a fundamental disagreement with the politicians who represent you . . .
* They think your money is their money, and they determine what your "allowance" will be
* You probably think that you are not a slave, and that you work to fulfill your own dreams, not theirs
Consider -- If you had a choice, would you rather give your money to . . .
* The Department of Housing and Urban Development, or Habitat for Humanity?
* The Department of the Interior, or groups like the Nature Conservancy and Ducks Unlimited?
* The Department of Education, or a local private school?
* The National Institute of Health (NIH), or St. Joseph's Hospital and the Shriner's Hospitals?
If you're like me, the NIH is the only bureaucracy that might spark a glimmer of interest. But I must wonder, if state-directed medical research is really such a great thing, why must it be funded at gun point?
Other State efforts provoke similar questions. And I can summarize my answers as follows . . .
There's nothing the federal government does that I value anywhere near as much as it costs. I would gladly choose a private, voluntary alternative for nearly every so-called "service" The State provides. I even think it screws up national defense, creating more enemies for me than it actually kills or constrains.
If I could fire my so-called government, I would. But I can't -- it's a monopoly protected by violence and intimidation, with the result that . . .
There doesn't seem to be any limit to how much of my money the know-it-all, busy-body politicians want to spend. They have no brakes. However . . .
Since the bond market does place a severe limit on how much money The State can borrow, there is more and more talk of raising taxes. In particular there's now a great deal of talk about a federal VAT.
VAT stands for Value Added Tax. A VAT is like a sales taxes except that the state and local sales taxes you're used to paying are only imposed at the final point of sale. By contrast . . .
A federal VAT is a sales tax imposed at EVERY STEP from production through distribution to final sale. In other words, the tax would be imposed at every point at which value is added to a product. That's why they call it a "value-added" tax.
We expect President Obama's current commission on the federal deficit to recommend a VAT. Now, the Obama administration has been quick to deny that it wants to impose a VAT, but we don't believe it. When politicians' move their lips, there's a considerable chance they're lying, and any denial is usually a prelude to confirmation. So you need to decide . . .
* Do you want to pay more taxes, or do you want the politicians to cut spending?
* Are you going to tell them what you want, or will you sanction what happens by remaining silent?
Resistance is simple.I just sent a letter to Congress, using DowsizeDC.org's "cut spending" campaign.
You can copy or borrow from what I said in my letter . . .
You are spending too much, and borrowing too much. This must end. You must balance your books. And you must do it by cutting spending -- NOT by increasing taxes. Please pay special attention to the following -- NO Value Added Tax!
Remember, Congress cannot hear what you do NOT say.
Please forward this Dispatch to others, and ask them to also send letters to Congress opposing a Value Added Tax.
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