A Taxing Headline

Expect a lot of letters to the editor after the front page headline on the Commercial Appeal this morning.

“Historically speaking, we’re not taxed enough” it reads. Really? Ask people at the grocery store checkout if they agree with this. Newsflash: Highly doubtful.

Ask people buying a new appliance, such as a refrigerator or washing machine or  a new car. The amount the government slaps on is always a shock.

Ask the homeowner who pays his initial mortgage and then pays for the house all over again through property taxes.

Ask a family of four with an  income of  $100,000. I doubt they feel they have money to throw around.

When the writer talks about taxes in history and how we are paying less, I wonder if he thinks back to the Tea Party. What was asked then was subatomic in size compared to the whopping amounts we pay now. They revolted.

It’s not just that it takes money away from us. It’s what it goes for. The author, Kevin Hall of McClatchy newspapers, asks us to separate this from the tax amount. Why? It is certainly relevant. Since the government has morphed into a giant, unregulated corporation, lots of it goes into someone’s pocket, into union coffers, into advertisements for its own programs even before it gets shipped to Pakistan, the United Nations or to some other country vigorously working against our interests.

At home, Johnson’s War on Poverty program has not eradicated poverty at all. After the billions poured into it, the rate is estimated to be the same as before he inaugurated it. My argument is that if people were taxed less and could choose the charities they  want to donate to, charitable giving would go up. It would be the meaningful type that God asks of us; a one on one encounter actually demanding something of the giver. Today’s structure  dismisses personal accountability by giving  the government the right to dole it out.

Hall also fails to take into account the Laffer curve that worked so well under Ronald Reagan. The idea is that you collect more when more businesses  prosper, thanks to lower tax rates, than you do when everyone is eking out their share. Then there is the fairness issue. Is it morally right to demand exorbitant sums from people and hand it to someone who didn’t earn it? What about tax breaks to corporations like GE that the administration wants to use? They paid nothing in taxes, even though they made billions. In Illinois, Governor Quinn is giving $100 million to keep Motorola Mobility in Illinois; what about the little business guy? Certainly, that is not fair.

It all goes back to empowering government. It’s no surprise that today’s media wants that.



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