Treasury, Lois Lerner planned to change rules for 501(c)(4)s in secret

Untrustworthy.

In a House Ways and Means Committee hearing on Wednesday, Republican members highlighted a 2012 email from a Treasury Department official that indicated the Obama administration was planning to revise the rules for 501(c)(4) organizations without notifying the public that it was deliberating this move (emphasis added).

The Obama administration’s Treasury Department and former IRS official Lois Lerner conspired to draft new 501(c)(4) regulations to restrict the activity of conservative groups in a way that would not be disclosed publicly, according to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

The Treasury Department and Lerner started devising the new rules “off-plan,” Continue reading “Treasury, Lois Lerner planned to change rules for 501(c)(4)s in secret”

Five things Americans may be learning

Learning liberty again.

Christmas candle 2Are Americans learning anything from our protracted moment of twisting in the wind under the Obama administration?

That’s a good question for this Christmas season.  I’m not convinced we have reached the tipping point at which enough Americans understand that the unquestioned assumptions we live by – assumptions instituted in our culture decades ago – are what’s killing our way of life.  But we are blessed to be able to get our education Continue reading “Five things Americans may be learning”

Liberty 101: Ten things government can’t do without an income tax

Big Brother depends on the income tax.

1.  Think your income is too big and another person’s is too small.

2.  Propose to “redistribute income” using government policies.

3.  Plan government activities based on the expected size of your income.

4.  Treat you unequally under the law based on the size of your income.

5.  Make it illegal for you to earn income without reporting it to the government. Continue reading “Liberty 101: Ten things government can’t do without an income tax”

Liberty 101: Working for The Man

Government mandates that you not be paid what you’re worth.

If Americans want to reclaim liberty in this age of governmental whole-life management, one thing we must do is take the trouble to understand how government makes us work for its priorities and programs.  The price of having a job today is working for the government, just as the price of doing business, for an entrepreneur, is giving the first portion of his earnings to the government.

Many readers will be familiar with the point that we Americans work, on average, until sometime in April each year to pay our taxes at the federal, state, and local levels.  In this formulation, it is only after “Tax Freedom Day” that we start working for ourselves, and not for the government.  Tax Freedom Day delineates Continue reading “Liberty 101: Working for The Man”

No, taxes shouldn’t be a “fairness” issue

Grown-up tax ideas.

What are we, six years old?  Taxes should pay for the costs of government.  That’s what we have taxes for.

The proper purpose of taxes is not to establish a condition of “fairness.”  It’s to pay for government:  a legislature, executive, military, police, firefighting, courts, schools.  But for 100 years now, the percentage-based income tax has been shifting public dialogue on taxes steadily away from their proper purpose, and toward increasingly juvenile arguments over “fairness,” as if the tax code is like Mom, telling Makayla to share the toys and be patient because Brendan is little.

If we let taxation be about “fairness,” rather than paying for the cost of government, the two big problems we have are Continue reading “No, taxes shouldn’t be a “fairness” issue”