What did our founding fathers say about matters of the union?
Posted by Keith Broaders on June 17, 2011 at 8:00am
While government spending was limited virtually all of the money needed to run the government was collected in the form of tariffs on imported goods. The Founding Fathers had a plan impose Direct Apportioned Taxes on the States if the tax revenue collected was inadequate.
If there was a budget deficit, they felt that each states should pay a portion of the debt based upon the population of that state. A state with 10% of the population would be responsible to pay 10% of the deficit while a state with 2% of the population would pay an amount equal to 2% of the deficit.
Each state would have the responsibility to pay its portion of the Federal Budget. Taxes would be collected by the states and the states in turn would pay the Federal Government. It would be the responsibility of the state
to determine how the tax revenue would be collected. If a tax payer in one state objected to the method that taxes were being collected, he would have the opportunity to move to a different state.
In the Constitution the Founders made it illegal for the Federal Government to tax the people directly. They believed that if a man were taxed directly he would be a subject rather than a sovereign.
The Founders would have been opposed to borrowing money to finance the government. They believed that yearly budget deficits would need to pay paid for by requiring the states to make up the difference.
Posted by Keith Broaders on June 15, 2011 at 8:00pm
In 1810 members of the House and Senate took action to prevent our government from being hijacked by Great Britain. Congressmen and Senators were convinced that British agents were making an attempt to infiltrate our government with lawyers, corrupt politicians, bankers and judges. In an effort to prevent this from happening they passed the 13th amendment. The House voted 87 to 3 and the Senate voted 27 to 1 in favor on the amendment.
The purpose of the amendment was to punish elected officials that accept emoluments (bribes,gifts or donations) from British agents or corporations. The members of Congress wanted to prevent elected officials from offering entitlements or special benefits to individuals or groups. They wanted everyone to be treated equally under the lsw. They did not an aristocracy to exist in America. The punishment for violating this amendment was to be the loss of citizenship to those that were found guilty. Congress did not want to see the birth of special interest groups because they knew that if special interest groups were allowed to be created, Congress would become the compromised and that corruption would reign in America.
The amendment need 13 of the 17 states to be ratified. 12 states ratified the amendment by 1812 but the 13th state to ratify was Virginia in March of 1819. The amendment began to be published in copies of the Constitution printed between 1820 and 1870. Mysteriously at the end of the Civil War the amendment disappeared. The same corrupt lawyers that were adversely effected by the amendment manage to expunge it without repealing it.