One way to get America back on track is an idea as complex as it is simple–revoke all legislation enacted into law by the United States Congress since, say, 1963. A radical plan, perhaps, and to be fair, I suppose there might be one or two mandates hiding in that gigantic pile of waste paper that might, accidentally and under certain circumstances, be useful to somebody somewhere, but then you could probably say the same about the contents of any other rat-infested public dump. To ensure even more effectiveness, the eradication might be made retroactive to 1913 when the 16th Amendment was ratified, the federal income tax was subsequently re-imposed for the first time since the War Between The States (an earlier attempt by the government to resume the robbery of its citizens was ruled unconstitutional by the Supreme Court in 1895), and the Federal Reserve System was voted into existence.
As its critics predicted when the amendment was passed in 1913, the income tax has become “a terror and torment to the honest citizen.” It is absurdly complicated, inefficient and intrusive. Overzealous bureaucrats and politicians frequently abuse it.
The income tax has another major fault: It undermines the Constitution’s arrangements for limiting government. The Internal Revenue Service simply has no proper place in our constitutional system. (Repeal the 16th Amendment – The Claremont Institute)
The problem, of course, is that legislators, particularly Democratic legislators, feel a compulsion to legislate, an urge so terrible, overwhelming, and incurable that they should all be tucked away in some remote treatment center in order to ensure the on-going safety of their communities. Where oh where, the country asks, is the amiable functionary of yore who would assume office and then do absolutely nothing while in it? A little law, after all, goes a long way, particularly in light of the heavy-handed usurpation by modern predatory agencies like the EPA. Some scholars who have studied the problem suggest term limits as a remedy for recidivist legislators. Others propose limitless terms behind bars. Craig Holman, government affairs lobbyist for the consumer advocacy organization Public Citizen, said,
“Congressmen can get away with “the type of insider trading that would send Martha Stewart to prison.”
66% of the Senate and 41% of the House of Representatives are millionaires. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. Harry Reid, for example, the offspring of a laundress and a hardscrabble Nevada rock miner, reared in a home sans telephone or indoor plumbing, has spent nearly all his productive years at the public trough. Having produced nothing but endless reams of legislation in all that time, Harry is now worth around $4.6 million bucks. Not bad for a former city attorney with no known marketable skills. With folks like the senator from Nevada and his fellow tycoons strolling about the hallowed halls of Congress tailed by deep-pocketed lobbyists, it’s no wonder that the most recent “tax the rich” proposals are bouncing off so many deaf ears.
But we were speaking of legislation, and with the heavy boot of semi-socialized medicine, aka Obamacare, about to land (courtesy of a Democrat-controlled Congress that passed the bill without knowing what was in it) on all our heads, all of us, that is, except for our well-heeled representatives, who conveniently exempted themselves from its odious requirements, it’s time to apply the laws of the land fully and fairly. Perhaps the millionaires on Capitol Hill would be a bit more circumspect had they to abide by the same regulations with which they encumber the rest of us.
See also: Fool(s) On The Hill (Part II) at Grumpy Opinions
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