Welcome to the Libertarian Party of Wisconsin
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- Published on Monday, 14 April 2014 22:53
- Written by Jim Maas
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April 15th is known, unfortunately, as Tax Day (the day your income tax return must be filed).
Many people aren't aware that the Constitution of the United States once prohibited an income tax. For over a century, the U.S. Government operated a small, frugal, constitutional government on revenue from tariffs and excise taxes.
In 1913 federal, state, and local governments combined took in taxes only 8% of the national income. Today governments at all levels take 47% of the national income. That means you work nearly half your life to support the welfare/warfare state. Now there's no topic on which the politicians refuse to consider legislation. Anything is fair game for them to enact rules. Baseball? Overruling state courts on the right to die? Sending politicians to the funeral of a foreign religious leader? What kind of entertainment programs can citizens view? Funding local improvements? Our Founding Fathers would be horrified!
When we replace our irresponsible politicians with ones who will repeal the income tax, all that we are now forced to pay in income taxes will be ours at last — to do with as we see fit. Every dollar we earn will be ours — to spend, to save, to give away as we see fit — not as the politicians think best for us, for the nation, or for themselves.
The income tax is not an example of a good idea gone bad. It has gone from bad to worse. It distorts financial planning and business investment. It encourages tax avoidance and evasion. It encourages political abuse and waste. Repealing the income tax will cut government truly to the bone — the bone being those functions authorized in the Constitution. Close down the IRS and allow its employees to find useful and productive things to do and allow Americans to go back to being free and productive citizens.
Without the resources to meddle in our lives, the government will have to withdraw to the limits of the Constitution. The government will then have to bring its troops home from all over the world to defend our country, not everyone else’s. When the government doesn’t have the money to interfere with health care, education, charity, farming, or business, state or local governments may do some of those things, or not, just as our Founding Fathers intended. America will be a free country once again!
Americans will have an opportunity for a better life — leading perhaps to a time when, instead of fearing Tax Day, we celebrate Freedom Day, a time to remember the huge, expensive, intrusive, and meddling government that once was and that we should be on guard against forever more.
That can come only after we repeal the income tax and reduce the federal government to a size that can subsist on just the tariffs and excise taxes already being collected. No flat tax, no "fair" tax, no replacement tax of any kind — because government has been made so small an income tax is no longer needed to finance it.
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- Published on Sunday, 13 April 2014 20:24
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Libertarian State Convention
[NEENAH] Wisconsin Libertarians held their annual state convention Saturday at the Bridgewood Resort in Neenah. Delegates conducted the annual business meeting, who dedicated the convention to honoring the life and memory of the late Tonie Nathan, a founding member of the Libertarian Party, the Party’s first candidate for Vice President of the United States, and the first woman in U.S. history to ever receive an electoral vote.
The convention endorsed a slate of candidates for public office in 2014, including:
- Robert Burke – Governor
- Joseph Brost – Lt. Governor
- Andy Craig – Secretary of State
- Tom Nelson – Attorney General
- Jerry Shidell – State Treasurer
- Joseph Kexel – Congress (1st)
- Gus Fahrendorf – Congress (6th)
- Rob Taylor – Congress (7th)
- Terry Virgil – State Senate (13th)
- George Meyers – State Assembly (66th)
- Jerry Seifert – State Assembly (84th)
- Chuck Schilling – State Assembly (97th)
Delegates were delighted to have the opportunity to hear the keynote address at the banquet by Gov. Gary Johnson, 2012 Libertarian presidential candidate, whose enthusiastic remarks about the future of freedom inspired the crowd to its feet.
The Libertarian Party of Wisconsin is Wisconsin’s third political party, founded as an alternative to the two main political parties. LPWI principles promote a government that is fiscally conservative and socially liberal.