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I was reading last night with my family in Mosiah chapter 11.  The following verses caught my eye:

For behold, he (Noah) did not keep the commandments of God, but he did walk after the desires of his own heart. And he had many wives and concubines. And he did cause his people to commit sin, and do that which was abominable in the sight of the Lord. Yea, and they did commit whoredoms and all manner of wickedness.  And he laid a tax of one fifth part of all they possessed, a fifth part of their gold and of their silver, and a fifth part of their ziff, and of their copper, and of their brass and their iron; and a fifth part of their fatlings; and also a fifth part of all their grain.   And all this did he take to support himself, and his wives and his concubines; and also his priests, and their wives and their concubines; thus he had changed the affairs of the kingdom.  (Mosiah 11:2-4, emphasis added)

Here wicked King Noah was taxing the people 20% of all they had.  Later, the Lamanites had the Nephites into capitivity, and charged them a greater tax:

“And all this he did, for the sole purpose of bringing this people into subjection or into bondage. And behold, we at this time do pay tribute to the king of the Lamanites, to the amount of one half of our corn, and our barley, and even all our grain of every kind, and one half of the increase of our flocks and our herds; and even one half of all we have or possess the king of the Lamanites doth exact of us, or our lives.   And now, is not this grievous to be borne? And is not this, our affliction, great? Now behold, how great reason we have to mourn.” (Mosiah 7:22-23, emphasis added)

A 20% tax was introduced by wicked King Noah.  Then, when the people were taken into bondage, that 20% tax was replaced by a 50% tax.  How are taxes like in the United States today?  In 2008, the Federal Income Tax rates are between 10% and 35%.  But, that’s not the end of taxation.  Social Security tax is 6.2% for the employee and 6.2% for the employer (12.4% for self-employed persons), Medicare tax is 1.45% from the employee and 1.45% from the employer (2.9% for self-employed persons).  This gives us a Federal tax rate of 17.65% – 42.65% for employees.  Self-employed persons that Federal tax rate increases to 25.3% – 50.3%!  However, this is not the end of taxes.  One of our Chuck Baldwin for President friends posted the following list of taxes:

  • Federal Income tax: Currently between 10% – 35%, depending on income
  • Social Security tax: 6.2%  from the employee and 6.2% from the employer.  (self-employed people like me, pay the entire 12.4%) on the first (as of 2008) $102,000.00 of income earned)
  • Medicare tax: 1.45% from the employee and 1.45% from the employer.  (self-employed people, like me, pay the entire 2.9%)
  • Sales tax: Clark County, Nevada, sales tax rate is (as of 2008)  7.75%
  • Federal Gasoline Tax (currently 18.4 cents a gallon)
  • State Gasoline Tax (Nevada is currently 50.9 cents a gallon)
  • Federal diesel fuel tax (currently 24.4 cents a gallon)
  • State diesel fuel tax (Nevada is currently 53 cents a gallon)
  • Corporate income tax
  • Estate (death) tax
  • Gift tax
  • Telephone Federal Excise Tax
  • Telephone Federal Universal Service Fee Tax
  • Telephone Federal, State and Local Surcharge Tax
  • Telephone Minimum Usage Surcharge Tax
  • Telephone Recurring and Non-recurring Charges Tax
  • Telephone State and Local Tax
  • Telephone Usage Charge Tax
  • Accounts Receivable Tax
  • Building Permit Tax
  • Commercial Drivers License Tax
  • Cigarette Tax
  • Dog License Tax
  • Federal Unemployment Tax (FUTA)
  • Fishing License Tax
  • Food License Tax
  • Fuel Permit Tax
  • Hunting License Tax
  • Inventory Tax
  • IRS Interest Charges (tax on top of tax)
  • IRS Penalties (tax on top of tax)
  • Liquor Tax
  • Luxury Tax
  • Marriage License Tax
  • Medicare Tax
  • Property Tax
  • Real Estate Tax
  • Service charge taxes
  • Road Usage Tax (Truckers)
  • Recreational Vehicle Tax
  • School Tax
  • State Income Tax (at least Nevada doesn’t have one of these, yet)
  • State Unemployment Tax (SUTA)
  • Utility Tax
  • Vehicle License Registration Tax
  • Vehicle Sales Tax
  • Watercraft Registration Tax
  • Well Permit Tax
  • Workers Compensation Tax
  • Motor vehicle fees

He then came to this conclusion: So, let’s take an average family.  Married, two kids.  They make $65,000.00 a year.  Off the top income tax is $16,250.00. Their half of social security: $4,030.00.  Their half of medicare: $942.50.  Their tax before any deductions would be $21,222.50!  If they are self-employed, add in there another $4,972.50.  This would be a combine federal tax of $26,195.00.  If they drive a car that gets 35 miles per gallon for 15,000 during the year, then, they’ve paid $78.86 in federal gas tax and $218.15 in Nevada gax tax.  This gives a tax bill of $26,492.01 (assuming this family is self-employed/independent contractor)!  Ignoring all the other taxes and government imposed fees that this family will have to pay, they are currently paying 40.76% of their income in taxes!  After we add in all these other taxes and government imposed fees, I’d be shocked if this tax bill wasn’t 50% or more.

We need leaders who will follow the Constitution.  We need Chuck Baldwin for President!



  1. Chuck Baldwin will be my guest on News Talk Online on Tuesday Oct. 7 at 5 PM New York time.

    Please go to my blog at and click on the link to the show to talk to him.


  2. Wow, that’s scary stuff. My wife and I have had a similar realization when we’ve read this part of the Book of Mormon. You would think with the huge amount of money the government collects that more people would be in favor on cutting back taxes.

  3. A quote attributed to Alexander Tyler says

    “A democracy is always temporary in nature; it simply cannot exist as a permanent form of government. A democracy will continue to exist up until the time that voters discover that they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates who promise the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that every democracy will finally collapse due to loose fiscal policy, which is always followed by a dictatorship.”

    Even if Mr. Tyler is not the original author of this quote, it is still true.

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