The thing is many people don’t care about liberty. They care about being fed. (As everyone should.) They care about making people “pay their fair share.” (And what is this “fair share”? Seems like a “fair” share would be a lot less than what most taxpayers pay today.) They don’t care about state sanctioned theft. They don’t care because often they are the beneficiaries of that theft.
Before you go thinking that I am targeting people on welfare I will tell you that I am more concerned with corporate and institutional welfare than the run of the mill kind. Much more concerned.
Our tax system is a den of cronyism. Sometimes this comes in the form of specific loopholes – which at least don’t cost taxpayers anything though they can be a form of crony capitalism – other times it comes as outright wealth transfers from workers to corporations and to other large institutions. It’s sick. But powerful interests, government, corporate, union, others, are in many cases perfectly happy with the current tax structure. The system benefits them.
The average middle class tax payer however would be far better off with a simple flat tax of say 12%.* (I know, but I am trying to be pragmatic here.) Easy to do. Simple to send to the Feds. It still gives the vast government apparatus a bunch of money to play with.
Really what should we be paying for? Defense of the country (and I don’t mean a world wide military apparatus – at least not like we have now) and some basic services like courts and police. That, in relative terms doesn’t cost that much.
If only we could have seen what damage an income tax would do to our country. Oh wait, the founders did, but we blew it.
(From The Washington Times)
After last week’s ruling wherein a federal court failed to permanently bar the Internal Revenue Service from targeting conservative groups, there can be no doubt that liberty and the IRS are incompatible. The IRS continues to seize bank accounts of individuals and businesses without a court determination of wrongdoing. The IRS is supporting the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development’s (OECD) initiative to the automatic exchange of individual and business financial account information in tax matters between governments. The IRS code is now so complex — something like 77,000 pages no one can understand — that everyone is at risk.
* Consider for a moment how much of a change that would be. Most of the IRS wouldn’t be needed. Same for CPAs and other tax professionals. I don’t see either of these groups going quietly into the night – and they haven’t.