The Tea Party amazes. It confounds. But will it “work”?
First… what does it want? I’d submit, two things, primarily:
- a fiscally controlled government
- a constitutionally controlled government
Both, by the way, I agree with whole heartedly.
But… what if the two conflict? How can we have a fiscally controlled government when the Constitution that runs it gives it unlimited taxing and commerce regulatory powers? The two can’t co-exist.
Ultimately, the Tea Party has to change the Constitution, mainly the 16th Amendment. But it should also add in, perhaps in the 16th’s replacement, perhaps in a separate, a direct and detailed limit on the governments “Commerce” and “Common Good” roles.
Tactically, I think the focus on state government assemblies is brilliant. That is where an Amendment must pass 2/3rds. They are tantalizingly close to having a lock on that many, by the way.
My preference is a new Amendment, passed by the Congress, and sent to the States that reads like this:
* The 16th amendment is repealed.
And a second new Amendment, passed by the Congress, and sent to the States that reads like this:
* An income tax may be levied on adult individuals only. Such tax shall be proportionally equal, there will be no deductions, and no credits. The Congress shall set a minimum fee that any adult, competent, citizen must pay set at the proportion of the governments spending to the Census national based population. Any non-tax fees charged to individuals or businesses must be simple and equal.
Finally, a third new Amendment, passed by the Congress, and sent to the States that goes after the culture of careerism in politics:
* No individual may hold political office more than 2 terms without at least a 2 year interim not in office or in the employ of the public.
There, that about does it. We can fund government, but all share the pain. And more of us will be serving in government, and it will be service, not career.
If the Tea Party got that done… they would rank with George Washington, Plato, and Newton in terms of service to humanity.