On July 4, 1776, the U.S.A. was born in a revolution against the king, government control and tax tyranny.
It was based on the belief that all men under God are created equal, government derives its power from the consent of the governed and no one should be taxed without representation. A government, freely elected by the people it governs, should provide essential services and ensure that the people have the opportunity to live their lives and prosper. Since the passage of the 16th Amendment in 1913, enabling direct taxation, proud Americans have become less like citizens and more like subjects to government.
Rather than continue on a course that creates more subjects that are beholden to unelected faceless bureaucrats, America must reverse this trend and again freely reward hard work and savings. The Fourth of July spirit is still very much alive and one of the best ways to spread it again across the land is to repeal the 16th Amendment and replace the income/payroll tax system with the FAIRtax bill HR 25, the only fair tax. Learn more at bigsolution.org
Paul Livingston is a volunteer for Americans for Fair Taxation, a nonpartisan grassroots organization dedicated to replacing the current income tax code with a national retail-level consumption tax.