Constitutions forbid!

The Indy Star printed this letter from me in the Sunday, Jan 20 “Voices” section:
Constitutions forbid
Article I, Section 22, of the Indiana Constitution forbids the seizure and sale of homes for payment of taxes. Article 8 taxes only corporate property, not personal property, for public schools. Actually, most of what Indiana government now does is clearly forbidden by both the Indiana and federal constitutions our politicians swear to uphold and defend.
So the bottom line is that we’ve worried enough about the methods and degrees of taxation. It’s time to wonder why we pay any taxes at all to our lawbreaking lawmakers.
Our money goes to mall developers and foreign corporations, yet we have to pay extra for our day in court. School taxes pay for sports stadiums and half-million-dollar-a-year college coaches, but not for books.
Our police don’t investigate property crimes anymore, yet they have time for speed traps and road blocks. They make parents drug their kids, yet they kick in your door if you don’t “Just Say No.” And your home or business will be taken from you if a campaign contributor wants it. All of this is unconstitutional, not just immoral.
So it’s frustrating to see how many of us have become convinced that abolishing the property tax would, by itself, solve anything. It would only make the other taxes worse, while filling the coffers of the dangerously corrupt.
The problem is that our government is ungoverned. We must either demand that politicians obey written laws as written, or quit whining about the anarchy we permit.

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  1. Andy,

    Very well said! Glad to see you’re blogging again, I enjoy reading your articles.

    For the record, while I and others strongly support the repeal of property taxes, not all of us believe that it will, BY ITSELF, solve everything. It is simply the first of many neccessary steps to restore the republic.

  2. It’s refreshing to know that common sense in America is not extinct. Thanks for the thoughtful post. I’ll be passing this one around. My dad will get the first copy. He recently told me that we must “render to Caesar what is Caesar’s”. I tried to explain that sometimes Caesar takes what is NOT his to take. This will help explain the message that I was trying to convey. Thanks for the help.

  3. Thanks! But I’m claiming that since this is just a copy of what was printed in the Star, it’s not really blogging…
    And as far as that “Tribute Penny” so often misinterpreted; all of the Bible says that God owns everything, and that the Son is in charge of it all.
    I can’t believe so many people miss the hard-edged irony in this, and the companion story of the moneychangers.

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