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April 8, 2010

Thomas Jefferson says VAT tax is unconstitutional

Filed under: Sick and Tired — Trever Bierschbach @ 6:12 am
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I am guessing most of you have heard that the government is thinking of imposing a Value Added Tax on us right?  If you don’t know what that is, it’s a tax on everything.  The government needs to pay down the deficit and their best idea is this job crushing, economy killing idea.  Why is it job crushing and economy killing?  Think about it, what do people do when things cost more?  They buy less things.  This will hurt businesses, families, and our country.  Sure the government will take in a little more on the things we must buy, but what about the money that people won’t be spending into an already fragile system?  I am really starting to think this all is intentional.  What better way to get the chance to rebuild America’s economy than to destroy it?  If they tried to rebuild it now people would have fits, but if the economy fails they will have to do it anyway.  They can build some fair, touchy feely, everyone gets the same for unequal work, kind of economy that those progressives want.

As if you didn’t expect it, President Obama will also break probably his last campaign promise with this new tax.  How many times did he say that no one making under $250 thousand would see a tax hike?  Well on top of the tax hikes in the health care bill, there is this VAT.  Check that one off the list, I think this president has successfully broken every single campaign promise in his first two years.

Oh, on the headline:

“For example. If the system be established on basis of Income, and his just proportion on that scale has been already drawn from every one, to step into the field of Consumption, and tax special articles in that, as broadcloth or homespun, wine or whiskey, a coach or a wagon, is doubly taxing the same article. For that portion of Income with which these articles are purchased, having already paid its tax as Income, to pay another tax on the thing it purchased, is paying twice for the same thing; it is an aggrievance on the citizens who use these articles in exoneration of those who do not, contrary to the most sacred of the duties of a government, to do equal and impartial justice to all its citizens.”

Thomas Jefferson, letter to Joseph Milligan, April 6, 1816
You might notice that this refers to any kind of tax on goods and before you say ‘well what about sales tax’, that’s a state thing.  Rights not stated in the constitution and given to the federal government are reserved for the states.  It’s why every Democrat argument in support of the Health Care bill fell short.  They kept saying ‘well this state does that already’.  Reason we have states, if you don’t like the laws in one, move to another.  Essentially Jefferson is saying that a national tax on goods is unconstitutional because it would not be a fair or equal levy, which the constitution requires taxes to be.  Now, that hasn’t stopped them before.  Our progressive tax system is unconstitutional as well.  On this one however we have a chance to stop it.  Jefferson says it’s unconstitutional because you will be taxing things people need as well as what they want.  Not everyone will be paying the same amount because not everyone will buy the same things, and also the fact that it is double taxed.  He may have felt differently if he weren’t talking about income tax and national sales tax.  He might have liked a flat tax in lieu of an income tax.
I myself like a flat tax in lieu of an income tax.  It has the potential to be the fairest tax system, and actually bring in revenue.  Eliminate the IRS, hours of paperwork, and eliminate an entire criminal industry.  Tax fraud won’t happen, you can’t defraud a flat tax system.  The rich would still pay more, so the liberals can still keep to their class warfare, punish the rich, ideology.  Those who are frugal or want to save their money will be able to actually save their money, not save what the government lets them keep.


  1. He didn’t say VAT tax was unconstitutional, he said double taxation on wrong when it impacts only a segment of society. I do like your comments on a flat tax, but that isn’t what Jefferson was saying.

    Comment by Mark Austin — December 7, 2010 @ 8:53 pm | Reply

    • The VAT as proposed by our current government would be unconstitutional based on what Jefferson said. If that’s a better title fine, but it’s the same thing. If they were proposing ONLY a VAT tax then I wouldn’t have written this article, with its title, but they are proposing a VAT tax on top of all the other taxes we have. In effect our tax system has been unconsitutional for a very long time because they tax our money when we earn it, when we spend it, when we save it, and when we die. These taxes currently only effect a small segment of our society, since a large portion of our society doesn’t pay any taxes.

      Comment by disgruntledpatriot — December 7, 2010 @ 8:59 pm | Reply

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