TAXING TIME

by Lowell Ponte

“President Trump has called the $1.5 Trillion tax cut that Republicans are on the verge of passing a Christmas present for the entire nation,” reports the New York Times.

The first Christmas was shaped by taxes. The Bible tells how Mary and Joseph traveled to Bethlehem because “there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed…and all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.”

Joseph, who “was of the house and lineage of David,” took his wife to the City of David, Bethlehem. And there Jesus was born, fulfilling the words of the Prophet Micah about the Messiah, according to the Gospel bearing the name of Jesus’ disciple Matthew, who had been a tax collector.

Christians ever since have smiled at the recognition that even Caesar – who ruled his empire through coercion, death, and taxes – was used to help fulfill God’s plan to give the ultimate gift of eternal life to humankind. The Roman Empire would later embrace Christianity as its faith.

10-5-17-toon-dem-take-a-knee-to-tax-cuts_origIf Republicans cut taxes, this will be “the end of the world…Armageddon,” said House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi days ago. A chorus of Democrats claim that thousands of government dependents will literally die if taxes, and the size of government, are cut.

If Democrats want to take from the rich, then they should reach into the government’s pile of loot. The Federal Government, for example, owns 28 percent of the 2.27 billion acres of land in the U.S. – but such politicians want government ultimately to own everything, not to sell it when money is needed.

Why does government need taxes at all? In truth, the government can simply print all the money it wants or needs. The politicians tax us not for revenue but for two other reasons: (1) to take back enough of their mountains of cheap paper money that its value is not reduced to zero by a blaze of hyperinflation, as happened in Germany’s Weimar Republic in 1923, and (2) to politically benefit friends, punish foes, and control all of us. To empower its own money, the government requires that taxes be paid only in U.S. Dollars – not in Bitcoin or anything else.

The current tax reform is a battle between two political parties and ideologies. Democrats want to create millions of government welfare-dependent voters by heavy taxation of businesses, which then pass those taxes on to consumers in higher prices. This lets politicians pretend that they did not raise taxes on you. Under President Barack Obama, such anti-business policies greatly reduced economic growth and jobs. Free enterprise was crushed, but the welfare state and socialist ideology grew.

President Donald Trump aims to reduce taxes on business, shrink government, and spark economic growth that puts millions back to work. He is gambling that this stimulus will move companies to hire, not buy 75,000 robot workers as Amazon recently did. Trump is gambling that companies that bring trillions of dollars home from overseas will use it to expand, not simply buy back stock and reward stockholders.

These companies know that sooner or later the socialist Democrats will regain power, and expropriate their earnings with sky-high taxes and regulations. They also know that many progressive Republican officeholders love big government as much as Democrats do.

Thanks to America’s Framers, we retain a vestige of separation of church and state – so long as our churches remain silent about the Left’s cultist efforts to create Heaven on Earth, a new human-made collectivist Eden without biblical morality or belief in God. What we need is real separation of church and state, not tax exemptions only for subservient churches. We also need real separation of free enterprise and state.

What about taxation, Jesus was asked. “Render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar’s,” he replied, “and unto God the things that are God’s.” As the godless Left now sees it, everything is Caesar’s. Merry Christmas and Happy Chanukkah.

To schedule a fascinating interview with Lowell Ponte, a former Reader’s Digest Roving Editor, contact: Sandy Frazier at 516-735-5468 or email sandy@mystic-art.com .

For a free copy of Craig R. Smith and Lowell Ponte’s latest book, Money, Morality & The Machine, contact: David Bradshaw at 602-918-3296 or email him at ideaman@myideafactory.net .

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