"from each according to his ability, to each according to his need." - Karl Marx
John Kerry talks about a "backdoor draft." No, there isn't a military draft, but by calling reservists for activie duty, the Administration, he argues, is engaged in a backdoor draft. It is a novel idea, which can be applied towards fundamental issues, such as taxation.
Taxation, as exercised today, is redistribution of wealth. Not all tax revenue is applied towards essential government functions, such as National Defense and highway programs. Generous portions are applied instead towards entitlement programs like social security, which is the second largest expenditure of the Federal Government. Arguably, it is backdoor communism. Karl Marx, the father of communism recognized long ago that, "Taxes are the source of life for the bureaucracy, the army and the court, in short, for the whole apparatus of the executive power. Strong government and heavy taxes are identical." Taxes on property, income, gasoline, sales, inheritance, and almost every transaction in life have made our government quite strong. Our country seems to be following the course of Marxism.
Maybe, it is too late for our democratic republic? Listen to today's political disourse. Each major political party is afraid to lose votes to those who suckle from the public teat. Privatization of entitlement programs is one way to cast off the shackles of Marxism, but admitting it is the kiss of death to political campaigns. Maybe there is no way back from today's backdoor communism? Marx seemed to think so. He also wrote, "Democracy is the road to socialism." Thomas Jefferson disagreed, but he recognized that, "The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not." The author of Jeffersonian Democracy elaborated elsewhere that, "Government big enough to supply everything you need is big enough to take everything you have .... The course of history shows that as a government grows, liberty decreases."
It's time to search for answers.