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9/12/2013 2:33:00 PM
Letter: We need to take a hint from Rip Van Winkle

Editor:

On the front page 9/6/2013: The lead article is a picture of Gov. Brewer backed by Paul Gosar and Trent Franks as they dutifully beg President Obama for federal funds because the Federal Emergency Management Agency bureaucrats claimed the Yarnell Hill Fire was not enough of a disaster to qualify for Big Brother's assistance.

Any situation like this causes me to cringe when I think about how far away we have come from the limited federal government designed by the Founders.

We are to the point that the states are having to beg for money from the federal government, which is backward; but since the implementation of the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Amendments in 1913 we've gone without the watchdogs that were designated or at least available to monitor federal spending.

That is because of access by the federal government to acquire money directly from the citizens; without going through the states. Those two amendments effectively destroyed the pressure on the federal government that came from the individual states. Now we are at the point of state officials going, so to speak, hat-in-hand to beg for assistance.

Mark Levin in his new book "The Liberty Amendment" is advocating a repeal of the 17th Amendment, which would be fine, great, fantastic; if it can be done: but the advantage in repealing that Amendment is complex and will be hard to sell the idea; in order to get a popular consensus and have people willing to support; not that the effort isn't worthwhile (because it is), just very difficult.

Washington Irving's classic character Rip Van Winkle finally woke-up. I often wonder if we, the American Citizens, ever will.

Dale Gohr

Clarkdale


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Reader Comments

Posted: Thursday, September 19, 2013
Article comment by: itsy bitsy Spider

Of course we'll wake up, Mr. Gohr. Right after the shiny new aluminum curtain slams shut along our borders.


Posted: Saturday, September 14, 2013
Article comment by: Mary Heartman

Sorry, Carl Nye. I meant to respond to Frank Lee Confused.

Posted: Friday, September 13, 2013
Article comment by: @ Carl Nye

Check me on this, but to the best of my knowledge, the 16th Amendment doesn't cover Social Security and Medicare. These were simply acts of Congress.

I think unemployment is a state program.

What "health benefits" you mean? The ones handed out under Medicaid were tacked onto Medicare. The health insurance is coming under the PPACA of 2010.

However, the 16th Amendment did give the federal government unlimited power to tax income. If it were repealed, the individual mandate in the PPACA would become unconstitutional because that was the basis for ruling the feds could tax the absence of something.

mh


Posted: Friday, September 13, 2013
Article comment by: Dream on, Dale

No more 16th Amendment also means no more War on Drugs.

And you can't just repeal the 17th. First you have to know what you're gonna put in its place. Meanwhile bright young AGs like Bill Montgomery will make up for the loss of Senate power by spending tons of money in federal courts.


Posted: Friday, September 13, 2013
Article comment by: hah.. a mark levin shill, not surprised -

I try listening to that guy on the radio from time to time just to get an idea of what others are thinking.

Aside from being an extended infomercial for his books, it is at least consistent in it's vitriol, he does take breaks to go on long winded nasal rants that i think may be eerily similar to the letters we get from Mr. Gohr...

Could that be the location of Levin's bunker?

Hmmm...


Posted: Friday, September 13, 2013
Article comment by: Frank Lee Confused

I agree, it is funny to see self proclaimed conservatives begging for money from a government they claim to want to shrink. They should either stop begging, or stop badmouthing government.

It's interesting to note that the 16th amendment was supported by southern and western states whose residents had lower incomes and were hurt by tariffs and excise taxes which raised commodity prices. Northeastern states with more business, trade and higher incomes were opposed to the income tax. Arizona ratified the Amendment in 1912. Several states have yet to ratify.

The federal income taxes pay for things virtually everyone agrees are required. Consider that 87 percent of all federal tax revenue is spent on (in order of size):
- The U.S military
- Social Security payments
- Medicare payments
- Unemployment benefits
- Health benefits
-Veteran benefits

Another 6 percent pays for interest on the federal debt which is the result of borrowing for things like the $1,450,000,000 wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

To repeal the 16th Amendment means no more of the above.




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