I first started proposing property tax repeal and serious government reform about twelve years ago, and never stopped. For several months before last summer’s July 4 property tax protest I held press conferences (like this one for an Indiana Fair Tax) proposing a workable replacement for property tax. So I suppose I should be happy that so many folks started demanding changes…and got some. But I’m not happy about what we got. I’m not happy at all.
I don’t expect more from career politicians, mind you. They do what comes natural to them. In fact I suspect that Governor Daniels really meant well. But he’s a career politician trained in law; he’s unable to do what’s right. After all, lawyers are to law what fireman are to fire.
Several other politicians involved in this proposal also meant well, I am certain. But they will never, ever accept the just limitations of power imposed by our constitution. If citizens don’t hold them to constitutions, if we do not snap that leash onto them, they’ll not do what’s right, legal, and proven to work.
It’s frustrating that we keep voting for these political creatures and their certain result. It’s disheartening that we keep tolerating what they do to us. Over and over and over again. I’m getting really, really depressed.
The “tax reform” just passed is taking us further and faster into the wrong direction. By proposing we amend the constitution that politicians flout, they insult and harm us greatly…and few of us even know it. And if the Kernan-Shepard Commission gets its way (I actually heard a news pundit say it’s the only way to make the tax reform work), we’ll funnel still more power into fewer hands on the theory that such “streamlining” will save money in government the way “consolidation” saved money in schools.
You know how this will turn out, right? You know the history of massive power in few human hands, right?
My appeals for restoration of the Indiana Constitution have been printed and broadcast in several ways and places; in newspapers across the state, in the Indiana Policy Review Journal, and on this blog. Lots of people have heard/read these, and no one has presented any serious argument against them.
Why is it so hard for us to ask for what we really need? Why do we keep nibbling at the fast-growing branches of our problem when we’re running out of time to strike the root?
Do we really think that failure is not an option? Do we really think we can keep heading in this direction forever?
If somebody sees a silver lining, a ray of hope, a life raft or even a distant speck of light in any of this, please let me know at once. I’d really like to hope that we’re not swirling toward the drainpipes…