The U.S. Taxpayers Party has made it its mission to "restore American jurisprudence to its Biblical premises and the federal government to its constitutional boundaries." Armed with a conservative philosophy that advocates a return to the principles laid down in the Constitution and Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Taxpayers Party was founded in 1992.
At the core of the party's agenda is a dedication to creating a government that limits its actions to those prescribed by the Constitution. Supporters believe that power should lie in the hands of the states and localities, rather than the federal government. The U.S. Taxpayers Party sees a dire need to balance the federal budget and eliminate the national debt. They want to abolish the Internal Revenue Service and repeal the federal income tax. Strict isolationists, they think that the United States should withdraw its membership from all international organizations, such as NATO and the United Nations. Members also believe in the absolute rights of the unborn, the death penalty and constitutional right to bear arms.
Despite a focus on the national level, the U.S. Taxpayers Party also runs candidates for local and states offices across the country. In the 1996 election, about 50 candidates ran for office under the U.S. Taxpayers label, including two Senate candidates.
In the 1992 and 1996 elections, the U.S. Taxpayers candidate for president was Howard Phillips, chairman of the Conservative Caucus. Phillips appeared on the ballot in 39 states and received just less than 200,000 votes. Phillips has had extensive experience in politics, including over 20 years of work with the Republican Party before he left in 1974 to become leader of the Conservative Caucus.
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