Republicans talk a good game, but in reality, they have the same agenda as the Democrats: Accumulate and retain power. They have very different schemes to accomplish this; nevertheless, the goal is the same.
Republicans want to include a balanced budget amendment that requires a supermajority in Congress to raise any taxes. We have this in California and, as good an idea as it sounds, it has been a disaster.
Libertarians are opposed to taxes on principle, unless they have specific purposes. Should those purposes cease to exist, so should the taxes.
Republicans would no more stand for this than Democrats. Nor would they stand for being held to the same fire as they hold the American people.
So, as a challenge, how far would the “small ‘l'” libertarians in the Republican Party go to reduce the size and scope of the federal government?
Here are some additional Constitutional Amendments which Republicans and Democrats alike would attack like rabid pit bulls:
Amendment XVI is hereby repealed. Congress shall be prohibited from levying tax on individual Americans on income derived from any source. The income of corporations, labor unions and other organizations shall be taxable one time only at the time it is collected by the entity and shall not be double taxed as income to investors or members. Any other tax levied by Congress or any State shall be equally applied to all instances at the same rate without deduction or credit. No taxable entity shall be exempt from normal taxation for any reason, including affiliation with any religion.
XXIX – Social Welfare Prohibited
It is not the function of the Federal Government to feed the People. Therefore all social welfare programs that redistribute wealth shall be abolished. Congress shall make appropriate laws, and the Executive Branch carry them out, such that those currently dependent upon programs they have paid into shall not be cut off; however, all others shall receive lump-sum refunds at an appropriate time, to be determined by Congress, when all dependent recipients have passed on.
XXX – Commerce Clause Clarification
The clause in Article I Section VIII of the original Constitution stating that Congress shall have the power to regulate commerce with foreign nations and among the several states shall not be construed in any way to mean regulation of potential inter-state commerce, nor shall the distribution of federal monies be used to coerce the States into compliance with any Federal law.
XXXI – Immigration and Citizenship
Amendment XIV notwithstanding, no child born of foreign parents who reside illegally inside the United States shall be deemed a Citizen thereof. Persons who are of benefit to the United States shall have priority and no such person shall be refused residency except on evidence of prior criminal acts, which may be specified by Congress.
XXXII – Lobbying By Special Interest Groups Prohibited
No organized group, corporation, labor union or other non-individual entity shall be permitted to represent its members before any Member of Congress. No organized group shall be permitted to contribute to any political campaign of any kind. Political activity of such groups shall not be restricted in any other way.
XXXIII – Constitutional Language and Federal Power
No part of this Constitution shall be construed by any judge of any court, including the Supreme Court of the United States, to mean anything other than exactly what it says; nor shall any court adjudge exceptions to any provision in this Constitution. The Federal government shall not assume any power or authority not explicitly assigned to it in this Constitution.
XXXIV – No Government Protection of Business
No group, corporation, union or other organization shall in any way be considered to be a person in any legal sense. The Federal government shall not in any way limit the liability of any such entity in any venture, nor shall government provide any incentive that privileges one business or type of business over another.
XXXV – Government Sanction of Personal Relationships Neither Congress nor any State shall enact laws respecting personal private relationships between or among consenting adults; nor sanction them, nor approve of them, nor disapprove of them, nor prohibit them except with proof of physical harm. Any government benefits accruing to citizens shall be assignable explicitly by the citizens to whomever they choose.