President Barak Obama’s State of the Union address (Tuesday, January 20th) praised a rising economy and the ability of the union to surmount the shadow of crisis. But are we truly rising out of the darkness or driving further in to it? Among the many economical topics discussed during the President’s hour-long speech, one of the boldest statements was to advocate the need to assist middle class economics by taking more from the wealthy to “give” to the middle-class. In his speech, Obama stated “That’s what middle-class economics is: the idea that this country does best when everyone gets their fair shot, everyone does their fair share, everyone plays by the same set of rules. We don’t just want everyone to share in America’s success; we want everyone to contribute to our success” and further proclaimed it is the “fair and the right thing to do!” But we must implore, Mr. President, how is increasing taxes for the upper-class to re-distribute to the middle-class constitutional? If we examine the first paragraph of Article 1, Section 8 of the constitution: The Congress shall have Power to lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defense and general Welfare of the United States; but all Duties, Imposts and Excises shall be uniform throughout the United States. The keywords to consider is that all duties, imposts and excises shall be uniform throughout the United States. "Uniform", by definition, means to remain the same in all cases and at all times. So how then is increasing taxes strictly for the upper-class for the financial benefaction of the middle-class maintaining uniformity? Clearly there is no consistency with the terms of Constitution. What's worse is that the government plays on the emotional strings of the middle-class to justify the actions of essentially taking from the wealthy to give to those with less. But the bottom line is that, in doing this, there is clear breech of said article.
As we write in the book Vigilance: The Price of Liberty:
“As has been said, government is the lesser of two evils. We need government to control our vices that would harm our fellow man but government is run by man, and without vigilance, it can overrun us and our Liberty. Government creates classes that pit one against the other. These distinctions are used as a wedge to pry money from one class to give to another with the government comfortably in the middle. The tool of compassion has been at the forefront of twenty-first century political thought. However, to take from one to redistribute to another is by its definition tyranny.”
Without vigilance we are enabling the government to control the welfare of social classes – to dictate who gets what, how much of your earnings you can keep, what you can get, and how you can live. The American dream of your freedom to make and choose your tomorrow will be replaced by the government’s determination of the standard of living you will have. This is Obama’s War on the American dream. Unless we are Vigilant today, American’s liberty to choose what they deem to be the “American dream” will be a distant memory of what could have been.