Should the US Constitution be ammended so that any and all taxes levied upon us must be voted on by the?

general public rahter than by congress?

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    YES, we the people are the government, not congress. i want to see a REAL man that will reduce taxes instead of raising them. any stupid person can raise taxes, but it takes a special person to reduce them. remember, "READ MY LIPS", what does that tell you about wimps. Yes, we should have our vote on any tax issue.

  • 1 decade ago

    Personally I would add a codicil that ensured the existing tax laws be brought up for a confirmation vote at regular intervals, so that obsolete taxation laws that only provide pork barrel stuffing for the corrupt can be properly purged and the system of taxation can have the checks and balances it needs. I don't think there has ever been a tax law that has been actually taken off the books once it has been put there.

    It might be a good idea to allow a public referendum to initiate votes by Congress not only on possible new taxes but on old ones that have been in force for a prescribed length of time.

  • 1 decade ago

    No, just remembering the political ads from the last election makes me shudder with horror. Can you imagine what kind of ads THIS would generate? And there are a number of tax issues that do find their way to the ballot, in local and state elections.

    Another reason is the general public is too easily misinformed. Also, many items that make their way to the floor of the houses for voting have amendments and attachments. I would much rather a politician, who SHOULD have some knowledge of law and parlimentary procedure, evaluate the bill. Which is why I vote. I want proper representation.

    People do not think their vote counts, but this is a primarily reason one should vote. When there is a "fight" over tax revenue, politicians are most likely to keep the areas that vote the heaviest pacified by giving them the revenue, for schools, roads and what not.

    Peace.

  • 1 decade ago

    We have a Republic and not a Democracy for a reason. To have a national referendum every time a new tax had to be levied would not only be extremely difficult to implement, it would cost billions of dollars. It would be a sure way to bring the country to a complete stop.

    The average citizen has a hard time keeping up with the details of their family budget let alone a Local, State or Federal budget. It is difficult for most people to keep track of the issues on their local ballot let alone line items of the Federal budget.

    What the country needs to do is vote for people that display good fiscal judgment and vote against those that don’t.

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  • 1 decade ago

    The easy answer would be "yes," but that would limit the original purpose of the Constitution, which set forth that our elected representatives in Congress would make those decisions. Their contention was that we should elect people who reflect our ideals, and that those elected officials would act on our behalf.

    It's true that society has changed since the late 1700s, but the Constitution is still as strong today as it was then. Amending it might seem appropriate, but opening the Constitution to amendment can be a dangerous thing. Along with that proposed amendments might be a number of other propositions that we would never want included in the Constitution. As hard as it may seem, the better option is to organize a national wave of anti-tax sentiment that carries people to the polls and that causes them to vote for people who vote along such lines.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Yes it should and the US Govt. should be forced to show the American tax payer the law that says tax forms must be filed.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Yes, but a possible problem is that the stupid liberals will probably vote for them.

  • 1 decade ago

    i agree with CapnPen

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