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Liberty and Taxes

THE AMERICANIST: U.S. CONSTITUTION, BRADFORD SMITH Source: The Freeman: Ideas on Liberty, March 01, 1963 The American society is founded on the idea of individual liberty....

How strong should the government be?

THOMAS JEFFERSON LEADERSHIP ... those who will be satisfied with a government of energy enough to protect persons & property sacredly, will not, I trust,...

Federalist Papers No. 54, James Madison

FOUNDERS CORNER LIBRARY: MAJOR WORKS Tuesday, February 12, 1788 Madison addresses the delicate balance achieved in deciding the number of representatives from each state in the...

Federalist Papers No. 36, Alexander Hamilton

FOUNDERS CORNER, MAJOR WORKS Tuesday, January 8, 1788 Concerning the General Power of Taxation (continued) WE HAVE seen that the result of the observations, to which the...

Federalist Papers No. 35, Alexander Hamilton

FOUNDERS CORNER, MAJOR WORKS Saturday, January 5, 1788 Concerning modes of taxation, and representation relative to taxation and class interest. BEFORE we proceed to examine any other...

Federalist Papers No. 34, Alexander Hamilton

FOUNDERS CORNER, MAJOR WORKS Saturday, January 5, 1788 Concerning the General Power of Taxation (continued) I FLATTER myself it has been clearly shown in my last number...

Federalist Papers No. 33, Alexander Hamilton

FOUNDERS CORNER: MAJOR WORKS Wednesday, January 2, 1788 Concerning the General Powers of Taxation (continued) THE residue of the argument against the provisions of the Constitution in...

Federalist Papers No. 32, Alexander Hamilton

FOUNDERS CORNER LIBRARY: MAJOR WORKS Federalist 32, by Alexander Hamilton 02 January 1788 Concerning the General Power of Taxation (continued) ALTHOUGH I am of opinion that...

The Risk Within

General Douglas MacArthur, The Freeman, 1957 Excerpts from remarks to stockholders at the Annual Meeting of Sperry Rand Corporation, July 31, 1956.  We approach for the...

The Anti-Federalist Papers No. 36: Richard Henry Lee

Representation and Internal Taxation Richard Henry Lee Richard Henry Lee was arguably the best known Anti-federalist writer. His pamphlets were widely distributed and reprinted in newspapers....

The Anti-Federalist Papers No. 34: Patrick Henry

The Problem of Concurrent Taxation Patrick Henry, June 5, 1788 The following speech by Patrick Henry was delivered to the Virginia ratifying convention, June 5, 1788. I...

The Anti-Federalist Papers No. 33: Brutus

Federal Taxation and the Doctrine of Implied Powers. (Part II) Brutus, December 27, 1787 The Federalist writers apparently never responded to "Brutus." The following "Brutus" article...

The Anti-Federalist Papers No. 32: Brutus

Federal Taxation and the Doctrine of Implied Powers. (Part I) Brutus, December 13, 1787 A powerful rebuttal of Hamilton, the logic of Brutus can be found...

The Anti-Federalist Papers No. 30-31: Cato Uticensis

A Virginia Antifederalist on the Issue of Taxation Cato Uticensis, October 31, 1787 From The Freeman's Journal; or, The North-American Intelligencer, October 31, 1787. . . ....

The Anti-Federalist Papers, No. 12, Cincinnatus

How Will The New Government Raise Money? Cincinnatus, Nov. 29 & Dec. 6, 1787 Note: "Cincinnatus" is an Antifederalist writer. In this essay, from an Address...

Taxation Is Still Robbery

Free Enterprise Zone, The Freeman, Sheldon Richman Whether President Obama and congressional Republicans can work out a deal to let the government to borrow even...

Hamilton: Consumption Taxes Best for America

Liberty Letters, Alexander Hamilton It is evident from the state of the country, from the habits of the people, from the experience we have...

The Great Education Rip-Off

By Alan Caruba It has taken a severe recession, combined with rising costs for gas and the weekly grocery list, for Americans to begin to...

Nutty Professors and Nutty New Taxes

In the January 31st edition of The Wall Street Journal, Binder had a commentary titled, “The Carbon Tax Miracle Cure.” It is a masterpiece of ignorance.

Chris Christie’s Jersey Attitude

By Alan Caruba It’s the curse of having sat through too many local town council meetings and too many speeches by politicians; it’s taking...

A Dangerous Illusion

Ezra Taft Benson calls it a dangerous illusion for states to believe the Fed Govt is wealthy; their wealth was first taken taken from the states & the people

The Incredibly Shrinking Obama

If ever a president looked impotent and helpless, it was during the press conference hastily called to secure a former president’s aid to pass the extension of the Bush era tax rates.

Lame Ducks Threaten Economic Recovery

As if the forcing of Obamacare was not enough, the lame duck session of Congress between now and December 31st has the potential to harm economic recovery still more.

Producing Jobs: Thoughts on Obama’s Plan for Small Businesses — Bruce Yandle

When I think about the situation and Mr. Obama’s proposal, I wonder if it might be better to expand the noble elements of his idea to all businesses, small and large, and do so permanently. Instead of having a complicated jobs-based tax system, why not just cut the marginal tax rate? And instead of allowing a temporary moratorium on capital gains taxes for small businesses, why not just abolish capital gains taxes for all businesses? Doing this would put an end to trying to determine what is stimulus and what is real and what may change at the end of the year. - Bruce Yandle

Do You Really Want Government Drilling for Oil?

You’ve got to hand it to the people who really dislike free markets. They see markets everywhere, and especially wherever any serious problem arises. That no free market exists within a thousand miles makes no difference whatsoever.

Botswana: A Diamond in the Rough

Free Enterprise Zone, The Freeman, Scott Beaulier Over the past 40 years Botswana has been sub-Saharan Africa’s fastest-growing country and one of the fastest-growing...

External (Indirect) v. Internal (Direct) Taxes — Brutus

Why import taxes are best: "They may be collected in few places, and from few hands with certainty and expedition. But few officers are necessary to be employed in collecting them, and there is no danger of oppression in laying them, because, if they are laid higher than trade will bear, the merchants will cease importing, or smuggle their goods. We have therefore sufficient security, arising from the nature of the thing, against burdensome, and intolerable impositions from this kind of tax." -- Brutus (Robert Yates)

Madison’s Notes — The Federal Convention of 1787 — June 18

Alexander Hamilton makes the case for republican gov't modeled after the Brit. Const., it being the only in the world uniting public strength with individual security. He praises its mixed representation, checks and balances, and the greater stability and permanency that occurs with an elected executive and Senate that serve for life (on good behavior). -- Steve Farrell

Madison's Notes — The Federal Convention of 1787 — June 18

Alexander Hamilton makes the case for republican gov't modeled after the Brit. Const., it being the only in the world uniting public strength with individual security. He praises its mixed representation, checks and balances, and the greater stability and permanency that occurs with an elected executive and Senate that serve for life (on good behavior). -- Steve Farrell