“He that is greedy of gain troubleth his own house;
but he that hateth gifts shall live.”Proverbs 15: 27
By Riley J. Hood-State Chairman
What is extortion? My Webster’s II New Riverside University Dictionary states, “n.1.The act or instance of extorting. 2.Illegal use of one’s official position or powers to obtain property, funds or patronage.” According to the same Dictionary, the word extort means to “obtain by coercive means, as in threats and intimidation.” The word extort comes to the English language from the Latin, “ex”-out and “torquere”–to wrench. So extortion means “to wrench out, “as in Al Gore’s “violent wrenching transformation.”
When your government takes money out of your paycheck by force, or compels you to pay rent, in the form of property taxes by force, your government has become an extortionist. George Washington once said, “Government is force.”
“Don’t worry, I’m from the government and I’m here to help.”
So how can a government tax, without resorting to extortionary taxes upon your very existence? The CPoW answer is the indirect tax of the founding Era. For example, take a federal tax on your phone bill. If you don’t like paying that tax, you can go without your phone service if need be. (Most items have a federal tax, and are not as essential as phone service.) As unjust as the “federal access fee” is, which is technically not a tax, but functions like one; That amounts to far less than what you pay in income our property taxes. It wasn’t until the 16th Amendment to the US Constitution that gave Congress the powers of direct taxation. Such a removal of Constitutional restraint, has force-fed the state. CPoW means to repeal the 16th Amendment, and rid the state of Wisconsin of the Property Tax. After all, government is supposed to punish extortion, not engage in extortion.
I know there are many Wisconsinites who will then ask, “How is the government supposed to pay its bills?” That is a phony question on many levels, but here are a few answers.
· The government doesn’t pay its bills right now; that is what deficits and debt are all about.
· Most people, when falling behind financially have to learn to live on less. I would say that is a good prescription for government. It is easy for a bunch of tricksters to spend other people’s money. If your government took everything you have, and the way it looks, they mean to; they would still spend more than their sticky fingers can grab onto.
· Why should you care how an unrepentant criminal earns his living? After all, if the prostitution laws were actively enforced, namely a city bringing back the Vice-Squad, “How would a whore-monger be able to afford his fancy cars and fancy clothes? What about that pimp?” The obvious answer is that such a man should be punished, not prosperous. The focus should be on the lives that he wrecked with his criminal behavior. According to the same principle, the focus should be on ruined families and destitute taxpayers, and not on the well-being of the Socialists who perpetrated this fraud upon the American people.
Finally, God didn’t institute civil government to punish the lawful citizen; it is supposed to punish the criminal. Law is for the Lawless. Government is supposed to punish lawless deeds, not profit from them. “Know this; that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for men slayers, For whoremongers, for them that defile themselves with mankind, for men-stealers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine.” I Timothy 1:9-10 CPoW affirms that the best government is the government that taxes least.