Learning from History

There’s been a lot of talk this week about Tea Parties. I know some people think that all the protesters are doing this because they don’t want to pay ANY taxes. That is not the case. Everyone, (not counting crazy people) knows that taxes are a necessary part of our social and government systems. The conflict is over the level of taxation and the fairness of its confiscation.

We live in a country, (one that I love and would proudly defend) that has some whacky tax situations. For example… my mother-in-law worked a part time job in which she earned about $2100 last year. She is in her 70s and is now disabled. But because the church that she worked for didn’t take the taxes out and filed on her as a self employed person, she had to pay almost $300 of that little amount in taxes. Something isn’t right.

There is a need for some reasonable changes in taxation. We are told that about 40% of all earners pay no taxes at all (meaning, no withholding—even the devil has to pay FICA). I heard this week that the top 10% of earners (those that earn the most) pay over 70% of the entire tax revenue that comes into the treasury. There is clearly a need for some sanity in this process. I don’t think that I’m smarter than many people, but I am smart enough to know there’s a better way.

When the wisest man to ever live passed from this life, he gave his son the role of King over Israel. His name was Rehoboam. When he became King the people asked him to cut their taxes so they could live with less of a burden. Rehoboam asked them to give him three days to think it over. He asked his father’s advisors and they gave good advice, but he rejected it. Then he asked his friends about cutting the taxes. They convinced him that it would serve their interests and make life better if he raised the taxes instead. So that’s what he did.

The people of Israel revolted (Tea Party) and the country divided. The nation never truly recovered from all the harm caused by a wise King who made foolish decisions and left an ill-equipped son to lead God’s people. Rehoboam never set his heart to follow God (2 Chronicles 12:14).

If they’re going to tax our tea, they had better know that there is a limit. If this young man president is going to listen to his ‘friends,’ tax like there is no tomorrow and spend like there is no end to the money; if he continues to proclaim, “only the government” then don’t be surprised if he ends up like another young king who divided the nation because he wouldn’t listen to wisdom, the people or set his heart to follow God.

telemicus out

1 Responses to Learning from History

  1. Tim Pinon says:

    Amen and Amen.

    This thought struck me as I ready your column: If the ONLY way to prosperity is through Government spending money it hasn’t yet confiscated, why don’t ALL the poor countries do this and reap this amazing prosperity? Why doesn’t Mexico print monopoly money like we are doing? What about Nicaragua and Hondurus? What about Cuba? (I learned from a former Cuban citizen at the Dallas Tea Party Cubans are now rationed to 1/2 pound of meat per individual per MONTH.) If a controlling government can lead to such wonderful prosperity, why are there no examples of this occurring anywhere today or even in all the history of the world?

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