Liberty Amendments, redux, “Mark Levin: Amend Constitution to Put Tax Day and Election Day Back to Back”
It’s a smart idea, though I would much prefer an amendment that did away with automatic withholdings. If people had an idea about what they were actually paying to the government — instead of falling into the status quo trap of simply accepting their take home pay as their take home pay (most people don’t even really do the math) — I suspect they’d quickly re-embrace the free market system, clamoring for private sector competition to services now provided by the government at bloated prices operating inefficiently and with a taint of political and crony corporate favoritism, as well as demand a flat or fair tax.
It is precisely that kind of tax structure that takes some power away from politicians — not to mention, is (as I’ve noted for years now) the perfect antidote to class warfare arguments about “fair shares” and “skin in the game.”
The problem is, Republicans like the loophole / credits / deductions system, because it means that lobbyists must come to them, and the deals they strike enrich the politicians while helping the entities doing the lobbying — and we tend to bear there brunt of whatever deals are cut, either through calls for ever more “revenue” or through what we pay on the back end.
Levin has noted that he hopes his book starts a national conversation. And that may work — in the same way the TEA Party movement drew momentum from the several manifestos and conservative rebukes that came as a result of government bailouts under Bush and then Obama, and ObamaCare’s cynical passage — provided we get behind the ideas.
What I really am looking to do is take what Levin outlines and discuss it here, ignoring the sneers from the left and beating back the sophistry and capitulation from our Rovean “realists” who will assure us the best offense is to do nothing — cleverly — then enjoy a couple good belts of scotch and a recess.
It’s time the people rose up. And as I said back in my original outlaw! posts, I think there are plenty of traditional Democrats who would back a pro liberty, pro-growth agenda.
Already, though, races like the VA Governor’s race, where Cuccinelli is up against McAuliffe, is being painted by some as a referendum on the conservative movement in toto. If McAuliffe — who the Democrats are going all in for, as a precursor to staging VA for Hillary in 2016 — wins against a conservative like Cuccinelli (whom the GOP party men are in no hurry to finance) after Chris Christie won overwhelmingly in a blue state, the GOP establishment will think it’s “proven” that it has been able to kill off the grass roots conservatives / TEA Party challenge, and the “realist” branch of the party will be even more emboldened to push Christie or a Jeb Bush as its next nominee for President.
And will once again usher in either defeat or, even if they win, the status quo.
I know. I’m already so excited I could pee myself.