Wise Government 33

Dear Mr. Hancock,

“I hope I shall possess firmness and virtue enough to maintain what I consider the most enviable of all titles, the character of an honest man.” G. Washington


Takses were necessary even for the honorable Village of Ataboi. While no one enjoyed paying Takses, they were levied with fairness. And for many generations after the time of Old Chiefs a minimum of Takses was willingly paid by Camonman to Eeleat.

Old Chiefs often spoke against direct Takses on Camonman’s income for they believed it best to cultivate a wealthy people who could pay for all their own needs.

Eeleat, however, was not satisfied and desired enlarged control by increasing Takses. This was difficult as Scroll of Remembrance forbid any direct Takses on Camonman when it was inscribed, “No Capitation, or other direct, Tax shall be laid, unless in Proportion to the Census or Enumeration herein before directed to be taken.”

Nevertheless, Eeleat wanted supremacy in the center of the village where they lived. The first step of Eeleat’s dream of greater influence could only come by increasing Takses. But Scroll of Remembrance made it impossible.

Debate within Eeleat raged on until the means was agreed upon. Once agreed upon, it was decided upon. Once decided upon it was enacted. How would Eeleat increase Takses? Do the impossible and Change Scroll of Remembrance.

How would they convince Wethapepau to agree?

Eeleat persuaded Wethapepau that times had changed since the days of Old Chiefs, that updating Scroll of Remembrance would be good for Camonman to benefit their posterity. They effectively argued Old Chiefs were not aware how life would change in the village that it was good for a small amount of Takses to be placed on the labor of Camonman.

Once Eeleat had persuaded Wethapepau and Camonman to alter Scroll of Remembrance allowing Takses on Camonman’s labor the authority of Eeleat spread to all neighboring villages like a mighty flood. Eeleat ordered Camonman off to war to fight other villages, some even on the far side of the world. Rarely would the children of Eeleat join the fighting forces.

Takses made wealth plentiful – but only in the hut of Eeleat. Camonman was ordered by Eelaat to pay more and more Takses. Eeleat made Takses so complex, Camonman could not comprehend them. Worse yet, Takses opened the door to all sorts of favoritism.

After some time, Camonman developed a sore back from heavy Takses. He could no longer bear the increasing Takses which annually increased. Eeleat was not happy and demanded that Camonman work harder.

Wethapepau grew weary at Eeleat’s abuse of Camonman. But Wethapepau was disoriented as Eeleat was now demanding another change to Scroll of Remembrance.

About Mel Valkner

Mel Valkner CongressMelvin Valkner, CPA is a life-long resident of the Kalamazoo, Michigan area. After serving in the U.S. Army with tours in Vietnam and Germany, he attended Western Michigan University (WMU) graduating with the double majors of political science and philosophy. Returning to WMU for two more years of business and accounting classes he eventually became a CPA and tax professional.

Leaving public accounting he became a healthcare administrator, financial executive in manufacturing, education and service industries, entrepreneur and author. He is a former First Vice-Chairman of the U.S. Taxpayers Party of Michigan (USTPM.org), Michigan's affiliate of the national Constitution Party. He remains Chairman of the Kalamazoo County affiliate.