Originally Posted by Meta777
Taxes on the federal level are to pay for legitimate functions of government. Wealth distribution (not redistribution because wealth is EARNED in the first place by someone, and not given) is not a legitimate function of government. The vast majority of tax money and the entire deficit is spent on violations of the Constitution mostly started by Democrats after Democrat FDR threatened the Supreme Court because they kept ruling his "New Deal" unconstitutional. Google the "Switch in Time that Saved Nine."
The pile of pennies on the left are mostly for unconstitutional Democrat spending. The pennies on left and in the middle represent the tax money collected. The pile of pennies on the right represent deficit spending. All the pennies together represent the annual budget. The entire left pile of pennies (minus a few cents) is spent on Democrat unconstitutional entitlements that no one has a right to receive, and then Democrats take many pennies out of the middle section to pay for various wealth distribution schemes like "Cash for Clunkers" type programs, or bailouts for unconstitutional GSEs like Freddie and Fannie which they created. As you can clearly see if there were no unconstitutional Democrat spending there would be no deficits. To say that constitutional spending creates deficits is to legitimize unconstitutional Democrat spending.
Of course it is all unconstitutional. Article 1 Section 8 has enumerated powers. Democrats and Anti-Constitutionalists (is there a difference?) want to state that anything THEY deem is for the “general welfare” is acceptable under the Constitution ignoring the enumerated power to so provide for both the Common Defense, AND the General Welfare. They did not write the Constitution or debate its meaning. James Madison is often referred to as the Father of the Constitution. He said the following proving false any Democrat assertion that ANYTHING they define to provide for the General Welfare is Constitutional, and therefore can be funded through tax money legitimately.
“With respect to the words general welfare, I have always regarded them as qualified by the detail of powers connected with them. To take them in a literal and unlimited sense would be a metamorphosis of the Constitution into a character which there is a host of proofs was not contemplated by its creators.”
– James Madison, Letter to James Robertson April 20, 1831
“If Congress can employ money indefinitely to the general welfare, and are the sole and supreme judges of the general welfare, they may take the care of religion into their own hands; they may appoint teachers in every State, county and parish and pay them out of their public treasury; they may take into their own hands the education of children, establishing in like manner schools throughout the Union; they may assume the provision of the poor; they may undertake the regulation of all roads other than post-roads; in short, everything, from the highest object of state legislation down to the most minute object of police, would be thrown under the power of Congress…. Were the power of Congress to be established in the latitude contended for, it would subvert the very foundations, and transmute the very nature of the limited Government established by the people of America.”
– James Madison, Letter to Edmund Pendleton, January 21, 1792
Here is another lengthy Madison explanation of a limited federal government that does not include Democrat usurped unlimited power.