by Mike McCune — All Americans are aware Obamacare would not be an issue today if the Supreme Court had not taken the curious track of deciding it was a tax and not insurance because the Internal Revenue Service was involved.
Based on the exemptions and selective enforcement installed since, the Court made a major mistake.
Here are the facts: We know the IRS, for political purposes, selectively targeted specific areas for its punitive tax enforcement; America now knows the IRS is used by the Executive Branch as a political tool; and, the government has collected vast amounts of information on individuals in its IRS databanks but, contrary to the promises made, is sharing this information with the rest of the government almost at will.
With this information as a backdrop, what is the next shoe to fall upon Americans? I believe it is the government’s intent to eliminate opposition through the taxation system as allowed by the Court’s decision that the Patient Affordable Healthcare Act is indeed a tax.
What brought this conclusion was a discussion held on the merits of buying gold.
Gold, has been the standard measure of wealth for almost all of recorded history. In 1933, FDR signed a bill that precluded individual Americans from owning gold. The government “paid” the owners $20 per ounce when they turned their gold into the Reserve Banks. A short time after collecting the gold, the government informed the people that gold was now $35 per ounce and an American “gold standard” was put into place that existed formally until Richard Nixon’s removed any standard at all so the printing of dollar bills and U.S. debt notes could proceed unabated and unencumbered.
Back to the discussion on buying gold. In this discussion it was a consensus agreement that, barring a repeat of FDR’s theft of wealth, the government would resort to a prohibitive tax on private sales of the metal. On the surface I agreed with the conclusion, but there was a niggling doubt that I couldn’t shake.
The doubt coalesced when I tied the “phony scandal” of the IRS in with the Court decision on Obamacare. A question loomed, “What is to keep the government, like past governments, from financially ruining opposing groups with an unbalanced tax system?” What if the Loyal Opposition was to be systematically eliminated because it could no longer exist under a ruinous tax pro-government types didn’t have to face?
Obviously we have a partial answer from the Court already. Where then would be the incentive for either political party to oppose such a development while in power. It would merely be a confirmation of the policies that have gone on since the time of FDR as both parties decry the obvious abuse of power while the minority but continue the practice when holding the majority.
Gold is the hedge against the time when the government loses effectiveness during a financial crisis like say the decline of the dollar as the world’s benchmark fiat.
Our government leaders have shown they are not above bending the law or using it as they see fit–ala Executive Orders, bureaucratic power abuse, National Security gathering massive amounts of data on the pretext of security when we are more at risk than ever because the efforts have been misdirected to government’s gathering of Control rather than Security for Main Street Joe.
Please don’t dismiss this as a conspiracy theory! Our government is already involved and fostering far worse things than a punitive tax system on those they view as ‘terrorists.’ Michael Hayden, former director of NSA and CIA recently compared Edward Snowden supporters as “nihilists, anarchists, activists, Lulzsec, Anonymous twentysomethings who haven’t talked to the opposite sex in five or six years. When they can’t get at the dol-mil (U.S. military networks) effectively, what will be their World Trade Centers as those were for al-Qaida?”
Our government has no respect or regard for those outside it. Our military views you and me as much as an enemy (if not more) than it views the Islamist groups that oppose them openly. What is to keep them from taxing us into submission, selectively?
It has long been said in marketplaces, “The Dollar is King.” We are wedded to it and measure almost everything by its dollar equivalent.
How long will you hold out when food costs you as an opponent more than your neighbor who has dropped any pretense of opposition? How long will you hold onto your political or moral position when you cannot pay for housing given to your neighbors or cannot have the little things in life because all your earnings go to the government to pay the “Opposition Tax”?
The Bill of Rights? Sure, you may exercise them, if you can afford the taxes that will accompany that right.
It is an ugly thought but it makes sense for an embattled government fostering unpopular ideas onto the populace. A government embracing political correctness in order to sustain its own power and control.
After all, it already has the Court’s decision that anything government does is lawful—as long as it is deemed a tax.
“I have sworn on the altar of God eternal hostility to every form of tyranny over the mind of man.”–Thomas Jefferson