Taxation and regulation constitute the confiscation of some or all of the freedom you have to own and use your own property. Read how the role of government has been warped by those in power.
In his recent address to Hillsdale College at the Center for Constructive Alternatives seminar, "Competition or Compulsion? The Market Economy vs. the New Social Engineering," the John M. Olin Distinguished Professor of Economics at George Mason University, Dr. Walter E. Williams addressed "The Legitimate Role of Government in a Free Society" (IMPRIMIS, V29, N8, Aug. 2000, a publication of Hillsdale College, Hillsdale, MI). In his address, Dr. Williams states:
"What did the founders of the United States see as the legitimate role of government? To answer that question, we should turn to the°°United States Constitution. Most of what they considered legitimate functions of the federal government are found in Article I, Section 8 of our Constitution, which says, in part: 'The Congress shall have the power to lay and collect taxes, duties, imposts and excises, to pay the debts and provide for the common defense and general welfare of the United States°°To borrow money on the credit of the United States°°To regulate commerce with foreign nations, and among several States, and with the Indian tribes°°To coin money°°To establish post offices and post roads°°To raise and support armies.' The framers granted Congress taxing and spending powers for a few other activities, but nowhere in the Constitution do we find authority for up to three-quarters of what Congress taxes and spends for today. There is no constitutional authorization for farm subsidies, bank bailouts, or food stamps-not to mention midnight baseball. We have made a significant departure from the constitutional principles of individual freedom and limited government that made us a rich nation in the first place°°"