DATE: August 15, 2002
BACKGROUND: Touring the State Fair in Iowa, where the
first presidential vote will be held in 2004, Sen. Joseph Lieberman
(D-CT) criticized President Bush's proposal to make the current
temporary tax cuts permanent, saying, "That's not spending
restraint. Tax cuts are spending."
TEN SECOND RESPONSE: To say tax cuts are spending implies
all money belongs to the government. It doesn't. Taxes are the
people's property, which the government takes from them.
THIRTY SECOND RESPONSE: Karl Marx, the founder of communism,
would have believed taxes were spending because under communism
all money and other forms of property first belong to the state.
It does not. Money in America belongs to the people who work hard
for it. Taxes are the money government takes from the people.
To say, "Tax cuts are spending," demonstrates the warped
notion of freedom held by many in Washington.
DISCUSSION: The notion that property belongs first to
the state not only goes against everything our Founding Fathers
fought for, it refutes everything Americans and others fought
and died for in the long Cold War against communism. Property,
like power, in this and any free country, is not handed down from
on high by the federal government. It is what a free people voluntarily
hand down to the government that belongs to, and owes its existence
to, them. Two quotes make the distinction clear:
"That to secure these Rights, Governments are instituted
among Men, deriving their just Powers from the Consent of the
Governed" -- The Declaration of Independence, Second Continental
Congress, July 4, 1776
"In this sense, the theory of communists may be summed
up in one sentence: Abolition of private property." -- The
Communist Manifesto, Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, 1848.
Very different world views.
by Tom Randall, Director
John P. McGovern, MD Center for Environmental and Regulatory Affairs
The National Center for Public Policy Research
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