The Founders’ Warning About Warren-Like Taxes

Posted: Dec 02, 2019 10:34 AM
The Founders’ Warning About Warren-Like Taxes

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President Roosevelt (FDR) put into motion the Marxist axiom “from each according to ability, to each according to need”[1] stating, during an address in Worcester, Massachusetts, in 1936, “there has been the vast majority of our citizens who believed that the benefits of democracy should be extended and who were willing to pay their fair share to extend them.  On the other hand, there has been a small, but powerful group which has fought the extension of those benefits, because it did not want to pay a fair share of their cost.”[2]  FDR gave this message in a year, 1936, when FDR had raised the federal income tax level from an already incredibly high percentage of 63 percent (instituted under Herbert Hoover in 1932 from the previous high of 25 percent) to a stunning 79 percent.[3]

In fact, in 1939 Time magazine published an article exposing the fraud and Ponzi scheme of social security stating that “Social Security…is still pie in the sky,” and quoting economist John T. Flynn declaring, “Obviously the government cannot pay adequate pensions if it insists on ‘borrowing’ most of the old age taxes and spending them to support the government.  The whole thing is a disguised tax levied upon the lowest income groups under the pretense of old age pension premiums.”[4]

James Madison loathed a progressive tax scheme, which he understood undermines private property; but which has been acclaimed by collectivists for the past 100 years in the United States.  Madison wrote:

A just security to property is not afforded by that government, under which unequal taxes oppress one species of property and reward another species: where arbitrary taxes invade the domestic sanctuaries of the rich, and excessive taxes grind the faces of the poor; where the keenness and competitions of want are deemed an insufficient spur to labor, and taxes are again applied, by an unfeeling policy, as another spur; in violation of that sacred property, which Heaven, in decreeing man to earn his bread by the sweat of his brow, kindly reserved to him, in small repose that could be spared from the supply of his necessities.[5]

Many of our Founding Fathers definitively understood that even under a Compactual Republic there existed cracks in which tyranny could and would reach into the Union to spread its evil.  Essentially it would be through financial means that tyranny would creep.  This force of tyranny, financial control, is exactly how the federal government has shifted itself into a national government.

Our founders strongly forewarned that “Every balance or check in government is only so far effective at it has control over the revenue.”[6]  Our Founding Father, known as “A Farmer,” predicted the very infiltration which began in force in the 1910s, and succeeded in the 1930s.  The federal government grabbed the financial control over the States and thus overall control over all aspects of our citizen’s lives.  Sovereignty of the State was gone, and, as a result, the sovereignty of the American citizen was taken.  In 1788 A Farmer told his fellow citizens of America the events which would come to pass:

The State government are not only destitute of all sovereign command of, or control over, the revenue or any part of it, but they are divested of the power of commanding or prescribing the duties, wages, or punishments of their own militia, or of protecting their life, property or characters from the rigors of martial law…All the prerogatives, all the essential characteristics of sovereignty…consequently the several States would not be possessed of any essential power or effective guard of sovereignty…and that consequently the State sovereignties would be eventually annihilated.[7]

Sounds familiar, does it not?  

[1] Karl Marx, 1875, Critique of the Gotha Programme, [].  Marx popularized this slogan but it originally published in Louis Blanc, 1841, Organisation Du Travail.  Blanc was a French socialist, politician and historian.

[2] Franklin D. Roosevelt, October 21, 1936, “Address at Worcester, Massachusetts,” [].

[3] Tax Foundation, accessed May 7, 2012, “Federal Individual Income Tax Rates History: Income Years 1913-2011,” [].

[4] “Social Security: Pie from the Sky,” February 13, 1939, Time Magazine.

[5] James Madison, March 27, 1792, “Property,” in William T. Hutchinson et al., eds., 1962-present, The Papers of James Madison, Vol. 14, (Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press), pp. 266-268.

[6] Antifederalist Paper No. 39, April 15 and 22, 1788, (published in the Philadephia Independent Gazetteer).  Taken from Patrick Henry, Robert Yates, and Samuel Byron, The Anti Federalist Papers, 2010 (originally published 1787-1790), “, (Lexington, KY:  Pacific Publishing Studios), p. 75.

[7] Antifederalist Paper No. 39, April 15 and 22, 1788, (published in the Philadephia Independent Gazetteer).  Taken from Patrick Henry, Robert Yates, and Samuel Byron, The Anti Federalist Papers, 2010 (originally published 1787-1790), “, (Lexington, KY:  Pacific Publishing Studios), p. 76, emphasis added.