Recently, I received an email from a good friend who, basically, asked me if the termination of federal employees was “what the Tea party is all about”. My first reaction was to chuckle because I understand the economic realities of the situation we have gotten ourselves into. But, as I began responding to his email, the humor of the situation disappeared and sorrow began to take over.
The sorrow I refer to is not for the termination of federal employees and departments that should not exist in the first place, but rather to the people who have been deceived by the idea that the federal government should be “providing for” the people. The federal government was established to “secure the blessings of liberty” and defend the United States of America against threats of national security; not to dole out entitlement programs, control education or health care, create jobs, protect businesses and/or banks from failure, fund churches or charitable organizations, and slews of other federally mandated programs that it currently participates in forcing, only some, Americans to pay for.
In order to truly understand how people are being misled, there are three topics that must, first, be clearly understood by people. Federal government spending, Federal government taxation, and the difference between “human rights” and “entitlements”.
Federal Government Spending
There are two basic types of federal government spending; discretionary spending and mandatory spending.
Discretionary spending accounts for approximately 1/3 of all federal spending. The monies budgeted for this fund go directly to the employment of people within the various federal agencies and departments of the federal government. By law, this fund is required to be budgeted on a yearly basis by a joint act of Congress and the President. Failure to do so results in a federal government shutdown because the funding drys up as the last budget agreed upon is depleted.
Mandatory spending accounts for approximately 2/3 of all federal spending and is handled in a completely different way than discretionary spending. This fund pays for medicare, social security, and welfare recipients as required by law. To increase or decrease the spending of this fund, Congress must pass law that changes the existing entitlement program. For example, to change the age or the formula by which a person is entitled to collect social security takes an act of Congress to change the existing law. Obviously, decreasing this age will increase spending while increasing this age will decrease spending.
In short, for every dollar that the federal government collects, $.66 goes to directly to the payment of entitlement programs, leaving $.34 to be negotiated to either pay debtors or federal employees.
[Please note: If the Affordable Health Care Act of 2009 is enacted, mandatory spending is bound to rise and the $.34 that is currently negotiable will dwindle.]
Federal Government Taxation
Similar to spending, there are two basic types of federal taxes that have been the primary source of federal government revenue; commodity taxes and income taxes.
Commodity taxes are the “unseen” taxes that the federal government attaches to the purchase and sale of all commodities on the world market that deal directly with the world’s reserve currency, the US dollar. Both, oil and corn, are examples of commodities that are federally taxed when bought and sold with the US dollar. An increase in the federal commodities tax means that the prices of all commodities that are bought and sold on the world market with the US dollar, rise on a world wide scale.
Income taxes are based upon the income of American businesses, individuals, and/or households. These types of federal taxes include exemptions for both the wealthiest Americans and the poorest Americans. Currently, approximately 46% of Americans do not pay ANY federal taxes and less than 2% of that number are considered “wealthy”, using loopholes to avoid the federal income tax.
To summarize, commodity taxes are paid by everyone while income taxes are avoided, altogether, by almost half of the American population.
Human Rights and Government Entitlements
The Constitution of the United States of America defines “human rights” in a way that is different from most governments, in the history of the world, by recognizing some general facts about the nature of human beings. Everyone, no matter where you are in the world, has the will to “live” and be “free to pursue whatever it is that makes them happy”. To remove a person’s ability to be free to pursue what makes that person happy, decreases a person’s will to live. Therefore, it was established, within the Constitution of the United States, that these “human rights” were not given to people by government; but rather, by their respective Creator, and the government was NEVER to infringe upon them.
Each individual State and local government are responsible for making law that keeps one person’s individual human rights from infringing upon another’s. The role of the United States Federal Government is limited, in scope, to national security and ensuring that the States maintain human rights among their constituencies. There is NO level of government that should be engaged in the practice of collecting and/or spending tax-payer money that is not scrutinized, accounted, and budgeted for.
Sadly, over the past 100 years, a slow paradigm shift has taken place in the eyes of the American people that has completely changed the role of it’s federal government. Instead of being able to concentrate on it’s primary job, the federal government has become distracted by the politics that surround social entitlements such as social security, health care, welfare, unemployment, and education, to name a few. To make things worse, the mention of cutting or phasing out any one of these programs has become a matter of political suicide to any type of conservative politician since the proponents of these entitlements have presented them to the American public as human rights.
After all, everyone has the “human right” to : a good education, a helping hand when they are jobless or down on their luck, a career with benefits, and retirement, correct? If your answer is “yes”, these ARE human rights, then you are considered warm, charitable, intelligent, and loving toward your fellow man. If your answer is “no”, that these are NOT human rights, you are considered a cold, callous, ignorant, self-serving, person.
The truth of the matter is, you have been tricked, by a cold and callous Congress along with many a pretentious and self-serving President, into believing that stealing, redefined as redistribution, is not only, ethically moral, but a human right. Not only has this created a federal revenue stream that is not budgeted, it has created a federal revenue stream that, can be and is, regularly abused simply for political profit. But the worst, and perhaps the most deceitful lie of all is, who, exactly, endows “human rights”, government or Creator?
What I See In The TEA Party
In essence, what I see in the TEA Party, from it’s inception, is the recognition that increasing taxes on ANYONE harms the economy and that government, on all levels, MUST start controlling their spending habits. If taxes are increased on businesses only, the cost trickles down to the consumer in the form of higher prices on goods [or the cost of living increases]. If taxes are increased on individuals only, the price of goods, again, increase to compensate the profit margin of the business and the consumer has less money to buy. Both scenarios equate to unemployment increases and do nothing but harm national economic growth. The only alternative left is to decrease government revenue and start to control spending, which means stopping ALL non-essential government services. On a federal level, this means more than controlling discretionary spending, this means budgeting mandatory spending as well and that will NOT be a popular decision to those who are effected.
Another thing I see in the TEA Party are Americans that have a long-term goal of -LAWFULLY- fixing the mistakes and deceptions of the past through the electoral process. They all seem to understand that it takes a minimum of 12 years to remove any representatives that refuses to comply and, moreover, that mistakes will be made along the way. However, there is a determination, at a grass roots level, to educate our fellow Americans where our government educators have failed; to be precise, on how government works and the economic [macroeconomic] effects of the tax and spend policies of the past that are quickly leading to a national bankruptcy.