In 1896 William Jennings Bryan declared to the Democratic Convention “You shall not press down upon the brow of labor this crown of thorns, you shall not crucify mankind upon a cross of gold.”
There is no tax that does not affect every member of society. The rich cannot be taxed without the poor and middle class seeing unknown fingerprints on their thin wallets. Eventually the dollar in a wealthy man’s hand that has had a corner torn away by government will find it way into the fingers of the poor…equally of less value. Only the foolish believe that they can give the rich a smaller glass, with which to give the poor a larger drink of water.
Before the nation today there is a fiscal fiasco. It is an affair run by (wo)men who line their living from thinning the wallets of the wealthy. They govern by mandating that every person’s purse have an opening at both the top and the bottom. Unfortunately, eyesight is a nimble narrow thing. They have neither ability nor will to see both the top and bottom at the same time. Thus, perpetually, such men will tear the hole below wider and wider until it dwarfs the entrance above.
That is the plain and simple premise of taxation. Drain the pond until it empties faster than it fills.
Theft by taxation is not some noble venture of those in elected office. It not like keeping a penny found in the gutter and dishonorably kept. It is the nature and disposition of almost every official that promotes theft by taxation to shake a man senseless until a penny falls to the gutter. Then the man of government, believing himself to be a man of God, snatches the penny from the gutter saying “This piece of copper is my rightful property.” Then to compound their flawed appraisal boldly declare “This tarnished copper piece shall become a silver dime when I have finished polishing it.”
Alas, they take the shiny coin and hold it high above the heads of people, boasting in their pride. Presuming themselves to be wise beyond their reason they declare the one cent dime should be invested in worthless efforts to spend future pennies they hope to shake free of every man’s pocket but their own. They press down upon the heads of every person, rich and poor, a false sense of value. It is nothing more than a mockery of advantages of nobility. Yet, in the end, long after the legislator has passed away in comfort, mankind suffers the scars of taxation.
Today I say to the Senate and the House “You shall not press down upon the brow of America this crown of thorns, you shall not crucify mankind upon the cross of taxation.”