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For Your Consideration: Regulations and Taxes

By CHARLIE ALLO
Contributing Writer

One would be hard pressed to defend the position that government does not need any regulations or to levy any taxes, but it would be fair to question the number of regulations and the rationale behind the policies; the same criteria can be employed to the evaluation of taxes that are heaped upon the public.
It has been suggested that there is not a parson that has not violated a regulation that is in effect today; not because the act was intentional, but because the number and variety of regulations are so massive.
Add to this that many of these regulations are left up to the interpretation of a bureaucrat that is responsible for the enforcement of the policy in question.
What makes this dilemma even more problematic is the fact that the massive amount of legislation can be found at all levels of government; often these policies can be in conflict with other legislation from a higher authorities.
One often finds that some of these regulations are not based on constitutional grounds; this fact is not brought to light because it’s too difficult and costly to process the policy in question through the legal system.
Taxes, and all the diverse terms used to supplement taxes, have many of the same shortcomings found in the regulation system.
The government has become very adept at directing much of our attention away from the various charges levied on the populace under a variety of other terms. Many people think of property taxes, state taxes, or Federal Income tax when they hear the term tax, but in truth these taxes are just a small part of the money that is extracted from the citizen.
The justification for these additional taxes is not always clear, and in many cases little thought is given to the fairness of these taxes as it relates to their intended purpose.
Then when the taxes have been collected they are viewed as fungible, and are applied to activities other than the activity they were created for.
All these shortcomings are directly related to the economic problems the Nation is currently facing; the system is destroying itself and our elected representatives don’t seem to be able to grasp this fact.
The inability of government to grasp the harm it is doing is one good reason to limit government’s size and its authority to levy taxes.
The concept of getting back to the basic principles that are imbedded in the U.S. Constitution is something many citizens are finding more appealing given the trends that appear to be developing in our governmental system.
One would have to conclude that the government is very proficient at collecting taxes and turning out massive quantities of regulations, but it fails to manage the funds that it collects in a responsible manner, and its regulations are far from concise. It should be realized that man is far from being perfect, but this fact should not be an excuse to be totally illogical and irresponsible; one’s education should not stop at the eighth grade level.
It is inconceivable that our representatives lack the education necessary to resolve many of the Nation’s problems, so one can only conclude their real intent is not to serve the people they were elected to represent, which this suggests that they are in government to serve their own needs.
The electorate will have to wake up to the fact that the game being played by all participants is going to destroy the Nation, and only a very small portion of the population is going to benefit as a result of its collapse.
A person’s destiny needs to be in the individual’s hands and not that of the government’s. The concept that is being sold that all products need to be shared equally has never worked, and it will not work in today’s world.