Individual liberty, limited government, and private property — these are the values that built America into the greatest country the world has ever known. Yet alarmingly in the U.S. of the 21st century, they are on the verge of extinction.
Over the past 70 years, our nation has been afflicted by an endless and ever-increasing assault from within. The perpetrator is not a terrorist network, or a crime ring. It is our own government. Through stifling tax hikes, regulatory schemes, and wasteful public spending binges, our government has been gradually extinguishing those traits that made America the land of the free and the home of the brave for independent-minded and innovative citizens the world over.
The property tax is the most complex, burdensome, costly, and unfair tax imposed by state and local government. There cannot be true liberty when citizens are not secure in their own homes. As long as the government can impose taxes on one’s property and enforce that exaction by confiscation of the property, there is no real freedom or security.
One of the most egregious effects of this tax is that it punishes citizens who improve their property. A person who upgrades his home and yard is often “rewarded” with a higher assessment and thus a larger tax to pay. This is far different from other taxes, which are based on income level or voluntary consumption of products.
I think that the organizers of the movement to abolish this tax are doing something quite “revolutionary” — in true keeping with what our forebearers did. As Brett Narloch points out in Chapter One of this book, our ancestors rebelled against taxation from the British and fought a war over it. America’s citizens must take it upon ourselves to reclaim that spirit of freedom that made our country great and allowed us to prosper and thrive. The passage of Measure 2, the North Dakota referendum to abolish property taxes, would do just that.
The arguments presented in this book are compelling. Of particular interest to me is the documentation demonstrating that the state does not need property tax revenue to function. In other words, there is no reason to hold on to the unstable and confiscatory real estate tax.
One feature I particularly like about Measure 2 is that it makes it mandatory for the state of North Dakota to “fully and properly” fund all its legally-imposed obligations, and forbids additional spending unless revenues are available. I hope this concept is adopted by other states and the U.S. Congress!
This is a very important moment, not only in North Dakota history, but in the future of the United States. If passed, Measure 2 will set an example of how citizens nationwide can retake control of their government.
Passage will show all citizens that they can have genuine security and sanctuary in their own homes. If the voters of North Dakota embrace Measure 2, it will ignite an already vital North Dakota economy, and the state will become a role model for the rest of the nation to follow.
I urge the people of North Dakota to take the step to free each and every person in North Dakota from having to forever “rent their home from the government” by voting for passage of Measure 2. Such a “revolutionary” act to free citizens from this onerous and unnecessary tax will have ramifications for property owners nationwide.
I applaud Empower the Taxpayer and all who are working to make this a reality. It is truly a vision to reclaim America.
- Congressman Ron PaulProperty Tax Revolution - It's Our Home, Not Theirs!
, by Charlene Nelson, Robert Hale & Brett Narloch