Yesterday's blog post concerned the need - or not - for a leader of the Tea Party movement. My conclusion was no. The Tax Day Tea Parties were a phenomenal success by any measure. They succeeded without a national leader, although many well known politicians and pundits participated. That success proves we don't need a national figurehead, we just need to stick with the plan and keep going. What is the plan? Maybe that's where we need a little work.
The overriding theme for the Tea Parties was, appropriately, TEA, Taxed Enough Already. I believe this will remain the number one priority for most of us. Significant, permanent tax cuts. But there is so much more that needs to be done. Tax cuts aren't enough. The tax code must be overhauled (FAIR TAX IS THE ANSWER HERE). Additionally, the hundreds of other federal taxes we are charged every time we make a phone call, turn on the AC, buy a pack of cigarettes, turn on the TV, die, retire, sell stock, fill-up the car, must be brought under control. (Coming soon, tax on Coke. The one you drink). These are pretty much hidden taxes that we all pay without batting an eyelash. Where does the federal government get the authority to charge all these taxes? From We the People. We sit by, some of us complain, but by and large we just accept it and continue to vote for the same self-interested folks who are taxing us to death - at which time we will have to pay more tax.
And that's just for starters. I believe we must take this opportunity to totally overhaul not just the tax code but the federal government itself. Return it to its proper place according to the United States Constitution. That too often ignored document that made the United States of America the greatest country in the history of the world, the beacon for millions of people who longed for the liberty promised and assured by its words. We don't need a leader for this, we do need a plan. How about A Bold Step Back?
Today is Memorial Day. The day we remember those who paid the ultimate price for our freedom. What price are we willing to pay to keep it? Can't we at least sacrifice a little time? It is a very small price, after all.