Monday, December 11, 2006

The Liberty Amendment

"Individual liberty, freedom and sovereignty of the people will be restored in a representative republican form of government by clarifying the original spirit and intent of the Constitution. The Liberty Amendment will give back to the Constitution its full force and effect in limiting the powers and activities of the Federal Government..."

This is a great idea. However with all great ideas several people must get together and make sure they agree. The Constitution had many signers, and we should get together many people just like in the early 1700's and put together a rock-solid proposal.

For instance, I would be careful with the following statement "Section 4. Three years after the ratification of this amendment the sixteenth article of amendments to the Constitution of the United States shall stand repealed and thereafter Congress shall not levy taxes on personal incomes, estates, and/or gifts."

The 16th amendment CURRENTLY does not allow for a federal incoming tax on labor. It only allows for an incoming on gains and profits of a business, but this could include a personal business as well.

I believe the government should be able to collect taxes on individuals, but only in a profit mode. For instance, if I have a home business, or work out of the house, or run a home-based business, etc, I should pay taxes. If I make money from labor based on someone elses business then I should not pay taxes on it.

I am sure there will be many revisions of this, but we need to keep the original founders in mind. Thomas Paine and John Locke come to mind. Now we need a protagonist, lets call them "Demosthenes" and get on with it!

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