The "Horne Amendment"

The amount of money being spent and borrowed by the current Democratic Congress is accelerating at a jaw-dropping rate.  Continuing on this path guarantees economic collapse.  The absurdity of this brings up my favorite beef, the unlimited power of government to tax and spend.  Presently, we have no protection against a Congress which can tax us at whatever rate it pleases, to spend for whatever it pleases.   There is nothing to stop them from taking 100% of what we make, and giving it to whomever they want.

If you think 100% is far-fetched, just witness the attempt to tax the AIG bonuses at 90+%.  Ronald Reagan entered politics when he discovered himself in the 90% bracket.  The 16th Amendment gave the Congress the power to tax income, but set no limit.  Specifying a limit would not be needed if what the Congress could spend for was legally restrained.  The Constitution does provide such restraint:

The powers of the Congress are specified in Article I, Section 8, which concludes with:

To make all laws which shall be necessary and proper for carrying into Execution the foregoing powers, and all other powers vested by this Constitution in the Government of the United States…

This clearly limits the power of the Congress to only make laws to carry out what is defined in the Constitution.  If that were not enough, Amendment 10 states,

The Powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution , nor prohibited to it by the States , are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people.

Now, I am not a Constitutional lawyer, but this seems clear and unequivocal.  Either lawyers have found a way around the language (what is says is not what it says), or Congress is just ignoring it.  In any case, it has not protected us.  More is needed.

Therefore I propose a Constitutional Amendment which I call the “Horne Amendment”  (Hey, it’s my post!)   Such an amendment would of course have to be carefully crafted, but I think it should be something like this:

The power of Congress to lay and collect taxes shall be restricted to that necessary to perform the duties of the government as expressly defined in the Constitution.  No citizen or private enterprise shall be taxed except in proportion to the benefits received as a result of the Constitutional duties of the government.  No public expenditure shall be authorized without a corresponding exchange of goods or services.

This would accomplish four things:

1.  The Congress would be prohibited from using tax money for extra-
Constitutional things, like funding ACORN, or bailing out companies, or
sending 900 billion to HAMAS.  The budget would get a severe haircut!

2.  No one could be taxed at a high rate just because the are “the wealthy.”
No more playing the class envy card.

3.  Tax money could not be given away in order to pander for votes.  No more
rewarding irresponsible behavior.

4.  The government would have to stop stomping on our freedom.

I would also amend Section 8 of the Constitution as follows:

To borrow money on the credit of the United States only for emergencies such as war or disaster, and such borrowing to be repaid within ten years.

Now we all know Obama and Pelosi and Reid are not going to give up all their social engineering tools.  Boy would they ever squeal if this become possible!  This is not the kind of change they have in mind!  As they continue on their irresponsible path, they may actually be working to bring about the conditions under which such an amendment could be proposed.  The chaos they will bring about will require this kind of charge.   We can wait until the time is right.  To paraphrase John Galt, “The road is cleared, … We are going back to the Constitution.”

Gary Horne