Now that our highest court has helped to affirm the Obama Plan and has admitted that America’s new health care system is a tax, many of us are feeling a lot like our forefathers did more than two centuries ago. We like to think we have come far since 1776, but in one big way very little has changed, even though government health care would have been as unheard of to the colonists as space flight.
Whether you call it taxation without representation or politics as usual, Washington and our state and local governments demand too much of our earnings. They make promises they know they can’t keep and then spend our money as they choose, knowing we don’t have much of a say in the matter. America has progressed since the days of showing dissent by dumping tea in the ocean, but if Washington’s hunger for revenue continues we may one day see a modern day reenactment of the tea party, perhaps burning marijuana bonfires protesting a hike in a sin tax made necessary because there was nothing left for the tax man to make money from.
We would like to think that our government has learned something since 1776, but the tax the rich rallying cry for the Obama Plan has been around as long as the concept of wealth and the desire to seek enrichment the easy way, from the hard work of others. Despite Fourth of July-inspired accusations of taxation without representation, Americans do have the right and responsibility to choose our government. When we make a bad choice we are at least partially to blame. The other side of the coin comes from partisanship and how tax money is spread by election winners so they can stay in power, with no regard for the decision point on government spending in a fiscally responsible society: what is the very least government should do?
Partisanship has elevated taxation without representation to an art form not because we have no say in how we are taxed, but because we have no say in where the money goes, any more than eighteenth century colonists had a voice in the affairs of the British government before they settled on revolt as the only acceptable solution.
The federal tax pool means that many Americans unwittingly endorse causes they would never back otherwise. Worse, no matter what we do at our state and local levels to ensure fiscal responsibility, those efforts are thrown out the window when tax revenue is spread around to reward states that refuse to exercise restraint. Did all Americans agree to help pay for education in California with their federal tax dollars after the state passed a law permitting college financial aid for illegals? We mete out punishment to the responsible by spending on bailouts, raising taxes (see: Illinois Proves Destitution Will Be Good for Washington), and offering handouts where they are most likely to garner partisan political support (see: Forcing States to Pay: The Invisible Budget That Hurts). When all else fails, Democratic Washington points its finger and demands that we tax the rich so the party can spread America’s wealth to whoever lays the loudest claim to other people’s money.
The American Revolution is long behind us, but we still have a few intolerable acts to deal with, including the Affordable Care Act and the newest presidential fiat, immunity for the asking for illegals up to age 30 (see: Why Americans Are Owed Unprecedented Job Creation This Summer). The Obama Plan and its tax the rich funding mechanism is still lurking in the background, waiting to get a foothold if Americans make another unwise decision on our next Election Day. Our country prides itself on our representative system of government. When things go wrong, like they did when we were forced by a Democratic Congress to take up the Obama Plan, we feel like we are right back where we started, paying homage to tyranny with no solution in sight.