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First Principles: The Unlimited Power To Tax Necessarily Is the Power To Destroy

“An unlimited power to tax involves, necessarily, a power to destroy; because there is a limit beyond which no institution and no property can bear taxation.” – John Marshall (1819)    

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Thunder Road

Robert Mitchum  wrote and starred in a movie way back in the 1950s that spoke to the ways of moonshiners and their dispute with the Revenue men.  It touched on many topics that each could be made their own poems. … Continue reading

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First Principles: The Power To Tax Is the Power To Destroy

“An unlimited power to tax involves, necessarily, a power to destroy; because there is a limit beyond which no institution and no property can bear taxation.” –– John Marshall, McCullough v. Maryland, 1819 If you care to do so, please, … Continue reading

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First Principles: A Nation Should Avoid Perpetual Debt

“We must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt.” –Thomas Jefferson      

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First Principles: Excessive Taxes Reduce Consumption Which Reduces Taxes

“If duties are too high, they lessen the consumption; the collection is eluded; and the product to the treasury is not so great as when they are confined within proper and moderate bounds. This forms a complete barrier against any … Continue reading

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First Principles: Unlimited Taxation Is the Power to Destroy

“An unlimited power to tax involves, necessarily, a power to destroy; because there is a limit beyond which no institution and no property can bear taxation.” —John Marshall (1819) In an interesting aside the Plaintiff in this matter was represented … Continue reading

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Take Five, #3: Recognizing the Enemy

The third poem from tonigh’s short-form poetry workshop relied on the following words: Take Five, Part 2: 1 – defenestration the action of throwing someone or something out of a window. the action of dismissing someone from a position of … Continue reading

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