Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Judge Napolitano Poll

I can't embed it, so you'll just have to go here to take it, but here are the questions:

What would you most like to see repealed?

The 16th Amendment to the Constitution, which permits the federal government to impose a tax on personal incomes.

The 17th Amendment to the Constitution, which provides for the popular election of senators, instead of their designation by state governments.

The Legal Tender Laws, which permit the federal government to print all the money it wants.

The 1973 War Powers Act, which permits the President to wage war against any country for 180 days without congressional authorization.

Decisions, decisions. But I think the 17th Amendment is the one most in need of repeal.


danq said...

As of 7/21/10 9:43 AM EDT:

16th 37%
Legal Tender Laws 31%
17th 20%
War Powers 12%

I voted for 17th.

I want the 16th to stay as I am a flat tax or simple progressive tax person, and repealing it would result in chaos. Don't buy Russo's garbage, the splitting up of the only-one general fund and saying "withholding tax goes straight to the Federal Reserve" was true of the federal budget in one fiscal year under Reagan, 1984 I think. Relying entirely on other taxes would damage our globalized economy, resulting in hyperinflation, and immediately throw all government employees on the streets on the day of ratification.

Glad to see legal tender laws up there - I agree with keeping the partially-privatized Federal Reserve banking system we have, but there should not be a monopoly in place. Removing the Federal Reserve's monopoly may even cause the government to bring back a commodity standard. (Neither the Federal Reserve nor FDR's seizure pulled the gold standard, it was Nixon.) Of course regular audits of private currency systems as well as the Fed would be needed to fight such things as the Mafia, drug trafficking, and child pornography.

I'm sure that the Founding Fathers would agree that with modern weapons, the War Powers Act would be necessary, maybe for a shorter amount of time but I'd still agree with keeping a window for emergencies.

But the 17th was absolutely the biggest mistake the country ever made.

danq said...

Should have mentioned about the Federal Reserve, if Congress has full control over the coinage of money without any private barrier stopping them, the government will have free reign to make as many bailouts and fight as many wars as they want, and hyperinflation will occur within hours.

Idahoser said...

The founders left us a self-correcting, balanced system. We departed from that and created a new system designed to continually default to the left and despite occasional speed bumps like Reagan, it can do nothing but what it is designed to do. To correct that, 17 will have to be undone, and only then can real repair ever happen. ALL the other things people want to to can then begin happening- audit the Fed, disband ATF, repeal 16, whatever it is YOU want done can have a chance of happening ONLY after 17 is repealed and there is again a Republic.