Katie Kieffer

For example: Spending over $70,000 of State Department funds to stock the world's "key libraries" with President Obama's memoirs. Bailing out Solyndra. Authorizing Fast and Furious. And appointing policy czars to regulate everything but the color of your underwear.

Furthermore, a just tax must be both necessary and proper for upholding the Constitution. Hamilton writes that the national legislature may only make laws that are “necessary and proper for carrying into execution the powers by that Constitution vested in the government of the United States.”

Two mandates that violate the “necessary and proper” clause in the Constitution are Obamacare and net neutrality regulations. It is neither necessary nor proper to the Constitution for taxpayers to subsidize national healthcare and high-speed Internet access. The free market will create the best healthcare system and technology for Americans.

We need to change the way we talk about shady federal agencies and kinglike “executive actions.” When the federal government uses taxpayer funds to bypass the Constitution’s checks and balances or spends taxpayer money in an unnecessary or improper way, we need to acknowledge that the federal government is levying unjust taxes.

It’s not enough to lower and simplify taxes. We must also eliminate all of the unjust and hidden taxes that the government levies when it spends taxpayer funds inappropriately.

Hamilton emphasized that we the people will be to blame if the government abuses its constitutional powers because the people: “hold the scales in their own hands, [and] it is to be hoped, will always take care to preserve the constitutional equilibrium…”

We need to wield a big stick and make sure the executive branch enforces the law instead of spending taxpayer funds like a king. We also need stop unelected federal agencies like the FCC and the EPA from using taxpayer funds in unnecessary and improper ways.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I have a trick-or-treater at my door. He looks like Warren Buffet. I’ll be nice and toss this column along with a Smarties candy roll in his bag. After all, what’s Halloween for if I can’t educate a progressive billionaire on taxes?


Katie Kieffer

Katie Kieffer is the author of a new book published by Random House, LET ME BE CLEAR: Barack Obama’s War on Millennials and One Woman’s Case for Hope.” She writes a weekly column for Townhall.com. She also runs KatieKieffer.com.