The Politically Incorrect Show - 21/03/2001
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Good afternoon, Kaya Oraaa & welcome to the Politically Incorrect Show on the free speech network, Radio Pacific, for Wednesday March 21, proudly sponsored by Neanderton Nicotine Ltd., the show that says bugger the politicians & bureaucrats & all the other bossyboot busybodies who try to run our lives with our money; that stands tall for free enterprise, achievement, profit, & excellence, against the state-worshippers in our midst; that stands above all for the most sacred thing in the universe, the liberty of the human individual.
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Ron Paul is a United States congressman - a libertarian who operates under the Republican umbrella. At every turn he votes against legislation that would further erode individual liberty & expand the powers of the federal government. Sometimes he's the only one. On the subject of cutting taxes, however, he now finds himself part of the majority. The new president has a tax-cutting agenda for which - perhaps because it doesn't go far enough - there is strong bipartisan support. It's interesting to observe the rhetoric of the debate over there, given our own government's infatuation with HIGHER taxes. Here's what Ron Paul has just written in his weekly column in a publication called Texas Straight Talk:
"This week, I cast a vote in favor of President Bush's tax cut proposal which passed the House of Representatives on Thursday. After eight years of an administration set on reckless spending increases with no regard for the hard-working taxpayer, it is refreshing to see the new President pushing for tax relief. The President's tax plan is very straightforward. It reduces all tax rates, so everyone paying taxes will see some benefit from the plan.
"Those opposing the tax cut said that it would 'cost the government too much' and hurt the economy. The truth of the matter is that the economy is hurt when the government takes money out of the paychecks of private citizens that they would otherwise spend, save or invest. The government has never created anything, much less economic prosperity. The government can only take from one and give to another.
"Only the private sector can create growth, a lesson that the politicians and bureaucrats in Washington would be wise to learn. The average American pays about 1/2 of their income in federal, state and local taxes every year. This is a clear and present danger to the liberty of the individual. We need to free people from the chains of over-taxation and allow them to go back to work for themselves instead of the government. The Bush tax plan is a step in the right direction, but we must do more to put money back into an individual's paycheck...
"Of course, the ultimate goal is the entire elimination of the federal income tax. Regardless of the rate reductions in the Bush plan, the IRS remains an uncontrolled bureaucracy. People have become so disillusioned by its current structure that support for a flat tax or a national sales tax has finally gained momentum. It is important to remember that the federal government operated for more than 130 years without an income tax. It is time to return to a simple, fair method of funding the federal government. An elimination of the income tax, however, would require a drastic reduction of spending in Washington. A responsible federal government that obeyed the limits placed on it by the Constitution could easily operate on a much smaller budget.
"Yes, it is true - I have never met a tax cut I didn't like. The American people are over-taxed. The average person pays more to their government than they do for the combined cost of food, clothing, shelter, entertainment and education in a year. The Bush tax plan is a step in the right direction, but we must continue to chip away at the tax system that threatens the freedoms and liberties of hard-working people in Texas and all over America."
It is a paradoxical stroke of good fortune that New Zealand's economy is now recovering precisely because of the collapse of investor confidence this government's policies brought about. But think of how much better ALL businesses & individuals - not just exporters - would be able to perform if the amount of money stolen from citizens by the government were progressively reduced to zero. More important still: think of how much more free we would be!
Why doesn't it happen? Hear the droning dependents on these very airwaves ... & remind yourselves that they all have the vote.
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