13 November 2017 — 0602 mdt
Montana Republican Party stands on platforms with
radical anti-tax and return to the gold standard planks
Whom to tax
Don’t tax you,
Don’t tax me.
Tax the fellow,
Behind the tree.
Last week, Logicosity’s Edward R. Burrow wrote, “Most R’s believe government spending is out of control and would prefer to chew and swallow glass than raise taxes to feed programs they abhor.” The Montana Republican Party’s platforms for 2016, 2012, and 2008, which are consistent with the national Republican platforms for those years, prove the truth of ERB’s observation.
Beyond protecting the tax cuts it enacted under Republican governors, Montana’s Republicans seek to replace the progressive income tax with a flat rate tax, such as the Fair Tax or sales and value added taxes. Those are deeply radical and regressive proposals. The GOP also proposes returning to the gold standard, a favorite of Ron Paul and his disciples (for those contemplating such nonsense, I always recommend Golden Fetters, by Barry Eichengreen). The Montana GOP’s 2008 platform was explicit on this point; subsequent platforms employ vaguer, more circumspect, gold bug language.
2016. Federal, state and local taxes should be low, broad-based and easily understood. Taxes shall not be used to redistribute wealth.
Reduce taxes, eliminate corporate subsidies and enact a simplified tax code that is flat rate based.
2016 National Republican Platform. To guard against hypertaxation of the American people in any restructuring of the federal tax system, any value added tax or national sales tax must be tied to the simultaneous repeal of the Sixteenth Amendment, which established the federal income tax. Page 9.
2012. Federal, state and local taxes should be low broad-based and easily understood.
2008 state tax reform. The Montana Republican Party is committed to preserving previous Republican lead tax reductions which have been vitally important to the economic well-being of working Montanans. Toward this goal, the Republican Party is committed to:
- Reducing income tax.
- Eliminating the business equipment tax.
- Reducing property tax.
- Ensuring equitable property tax relief.
- Ensuring that all license and regulatory fees are strictly limited to the specific service provided.
- Ensuring the return of over-collected taxes through permanent tax relief.
- Ensuring the restraint of taxes and reduced government spending to protect the constitutional mandate of a balanced budget.
- Ensuring against waste by requiring complete transparency in government spending.
2008 Budget and Taxation:
- We support all efforts to reduce government spending to balance the budget. A balanced budget will be accomplished by less government spending and not by a general tax increase.
- We oppose cost shifting to the states via unfunded federal mandates.
- We support efforts to eliminate the Internal Revenue Service and rewrite the tax code to be based on a consumption tax.
2008 federal tax recommendations. The Montana Republican Party urges Congress to review the federal tax code and to consider reforms that adhere to the principles of equity, fairness, and simplicity that would lead to reduction in spending, elimination of the deficit, and retirement of the debt. Believing it is irresponsible to burden future generations with debt incurred through excessive spending, we renew our support of those state legislatures calling for a constitutional resolution mandating a balanced federal budget and decreased federal spending. We further support and urge Congress to commit to:
- Ensuring Social Security taxes are used solely for Social Security benefits.
- Ensuring federal surpluses are used to reduce federal debt and provide permanent tax relief.
- Ensuring reduced federal long-term capital gains taxes are retained.
- Ensuring against any new or increased federal taxes..
- Repeal of the alternative minimum tax.
- Ensuring the permanent elimination of the estate tax.
- An option leading to privatizing Social Security.
2016. We feel that vigilance must be used in continuing to control inflation, as this represents one of the greatest threats to the well-being of all Americans. We stand against federal money policy being established by the Federal Reserve and stand in support of constitutionally defined money.
2016 National Republican Platform. Determined to crush the double-digit inflation that was part of the Carter Administration’s economic legacy, President Reagan, shortly after his inauguration, established a commission to consider the feasibility of a metallic basis for U.S. currency. In 2012, facing the task of cleaning up the wreckage of the current Administration’s policies, we proposed a similar commission to investigate ways to set a fixed value for the dollar.
With Republican leadership, the House of Representatives has passed legislation to set up just such a commission. We recommend its enactment by the full Congress and the commission’s careful consideration of ways to secure the integrity of our currency. Page 7.
2012. We feel that vigilance must be used in continuing to control inflation, as this represents one of the greatest threats to the well-being of all Americans. We support a return to monetary system based on intrinsic asset values and not a debased fiat monetary policy. We support a full audit of the Federal Reserve System. (May be a statement about a balanced budget amendment to the US Constitution here. Requires verification with Official Minutes)
2012 National Republican Platform. Determined to crush the double-digit inflation that was part of the Carter Administration’s economic legacy, President Reagan, shortly after his inauguration, established a commission to consider the feasibility of a metallic basis for U.S. currency. The commission advised against such a move. Now, three decades later, as we face the task of cleaning up the wreckage of the current Administration’s policies, we propose a similar commission to investigate possible ways to set a fixed value for the dollar. Page 11.
2008. We feel that vigilance must be used in continuing to control inflation, as this represents one of the greatest threats to the well being of all Americans.
We encourage efforts to improve the business climate, support entrepreneurship, foster free and fair trade, expand employment, and lessen dependence on assistance programs.
We support a return to a gold and silver based monetary system and a strong dollar policy based on intrinsic asset values and not a debased fiat monetary policy.
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Note. I downloaded the 2008 and 2012 platforms from the Montana GOP’s website a few weeks after the GOP’s state conventions. The introductions cautioned that the version being published might not be the final version. But the published versions obviously were close enough to the final versions that subsequent changes likely were minor. If, when, I obtain more information, I’ll update this post.