Crenshaw Blasts High Taxes, Teaches America True Role of Government


There are some on the left who seem to believe that virtually all income gained and wealth generated are somehow, at their core, due solely to government intervention and services provided. As such, they believe the government has right of claim on that wealth and can tax it at whatever rate deemed necessary to fund government spending.

Of course, conservatives know that to be untrue — income and wealth belong to those who created or earned it, not the government.

Freshman Republican Rep. Dan Crenshaw of Texas talked about that idea during a recent committee hearing on taxes.

Crenshaw, who sits on the House Budget Committee, spoke out against his Democratic colleagues who had expressed their desire not only to roll back the recent tax cuts passed by Congress and signed into law by President Donald Trump, but even to raise those taxes higher than before to help fund some of the left’s ambitious political agenda.

In a tweet Tuesday, Crenshaw wrote: “Why does the left hate the tax cuts? Bc they think the people exist to fund the govt. We believe the govt exists to protect the inalienable rights of the people.

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“When people keep their money, we get more jobs & wage growth, & less wasteful spending by ‘benevolent’ bureaucrats.”

Attached to that post was a brief video clip of some of Crenshaw’s remarks during the committee hearing, where he essentially explained the fundamental difference in viewpoint between Republicans and Democrats when it comes to taxation and wealth.

“I just want to remind everyone what we’re really here talking about,” Crenshaw said. “We’re talking about a difference in philosophy, not just tax rates.

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“It’s a question of whether the government should be taking more of your money, or whether you should keep more of your money. The difference in the role of government and what we believe.

“It seems to me that you all believe the role of government is to tax the people as much as possible so that you and your benevolent fellow academics can dream up more programs for the government to spend money on. I don’t believe that. I don’t believe that’s what the role of government is for.

“The role of government is to protect God-given rights that we have and to ensure that we live as free as possible. The role of government is to tax the people to the least extent possible, while still taxing them enough to cover basic needs for government.

“And if we are questioning what those needs are, we can just look at our Constitution. They are generally pretty clear there.”

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Crenshaw proceeded to push back against a witness who had referred to “imaginative” anecdotes of positive results from the tax cuts, and ran through a list of good, tax cut-related “reality” news coming out of Texas, such as increased educational opportunities, employee bonuses, higher wages, increased 401(k) and stock option benefits, and new facilities and jobs.

All of that was “directly because of the tax cuts,” he said. “These are not imaginative anecdotes.”

Crenshaw absolutely hit the nail on the head, once again, in pointing out that the proper role of government is merely to provide for the basic constitutional needs of the country, funded by the least amount of taxation possible — not to tax the people into utter oblivion to pay for all sorts of unconstitutional ventures that the government has no business involving itself in.

Unfortunately, though Crenshaw is 100 percent correct, he stands among a tiny minority in Congress who hold that same philosophy, as far too many others — Republican and Democrat alike — seem to believe that the government has a role to play in nearly everything and they can tax the American people as much as they wish to fund their ambitiously unconstitutional and unnecessary goals.

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Ben Marquis is a writer who identifies as a constitutional conservative/libertarian. He has written about current events and politics for The Western Journal since 2014. His focus is on protecting the First and Second Amendments.
Ben Marquis has written on current events and politics for The Western Journal since 2014. He reads voraciously and writes about the news of the day from a conservative-libertarian perspective. He is an advocate for a more constitutional government and a staunch defender of the Second Amendment, which protects the rest of our natural rights. He lives in Little Rock, Arkansas, with the love of his life as well as four dogs and four cats.
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