The federal government has expanded to meet perceived social needs and as issues come to the forefront that Washington elites believe they can fix. Consequently, they expand the power and role of the government. One way this is done is through progressive criminalization of once held freedoms. Consider the first drug laws, consider the war on poverty, consider the tax code, the new war on drugs, and hate-crimes legislation. Although tax law is not criminal law per-se, in the end, choosing not to pay taxes results in prosecution. Laws and regulations ultimately must have “teeth” for it to be effective. These teeth must be coercive in nature, and hence allow criminal punishment eventually. This ability of the government to prosecute its citizens for thousands of individual offenses is antithetical to the desires of the founding fathers of these United States.
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