Why is it that tax payers have to give more money to the State, but the State never has to cut what it spends? The Federal Government won’t even cut the increase in spending.
Obama and the Democrats want “more Americans to contribute today so that all Americans can do better tomorrow.” I’m sorry, but I’m already contributing enough, taking into account federal, state, property, school, ad valorem, sales, social security, hotel, entertainment, airline, utility, gasoline, and dozens of other hidden taxes. Taxes on alcohol and cigarettes do not affect me directly since I do not smoke or drink.
These taxes, however, still have a negative effect on the economy since money is power in the hands of the State. By the way, our health-care crisis is related more to poor health habits — smoking, drinking, and obesity, and regulations that require companies to insure medical conditions that are self-inflicted that drive up health costs — than unpredictable medical conditions.
Taxes are tacked on to everything. You’ve seen the signs posted on the rear of trucks: “This vehicle paid $3,642 in road taxes last year.” No it didn’t! You and I paid the taxes because they are tacked on to the commodities the trucks haul. Consider the gasoline tax. There was a time when the amount you and I paid in taxes was listed on the pump. Not anymore. Our entrenched government spenders don’t want us to know how much tax we are really “contributing” at the pump.
The profit an oil company makes on a gallon of gasoline is minuscule compared to the amount of state and federal taxes on each gallon. The oil industry employs hundreds of thousands of people, takes all the risks, pays billions of dollars in taxes, and gets blamed for gouging the consumer for unfair “profits” and fuel shortages caused mostly by requirements for air-quality control additives transitioning from season to season. Government agencies, on the other hand, simply collect the checks for the taxes the gas stations collect from their customers. What a sweet deal.
Millions of Americans know all of this. But they’re not the problem. It’s the people who pay nothing in federal and state taxes who want higher taxes for greedy rich bastards. This is why I cannot understand why any American taxpayer would want to contribute another penny in taxes to pay for these dependency-creating boondoggles. Any person who believes that higher taxes will get us out of this mess needs major brain surgery.
Higher taxes have never produced an economic recovery. Taking money out of your paycheck and giving it to someone else does nothing but undercapitalize the productive. Your ability and freedom to spend, save, and invest your own money creates jobs and keeps interest rates low. In addition, and this is what elected officials hate, this allows you more personal freedom and independence.
Barack Obama is telling us that the government can do a better job spending our money. This is nonsensical and immoral Consider the following set of statistics from the Congressional Research Service of the Library of Congress of 16 years ago. We spent $226 billion a year on welfare programs, which included cash payments, food stamps, housing, and medical assistance for the poor. The Census Bureau reported that there were 30 million Americans living in poverty, which is defined as a family of four with income less than $13,942. By dividing $226 billion by 30 million people the result is $7,533 per person or $30,132 for a family of four.
Much of the money we pay in taxes is lost in the system itself. If that $226 billion had been returned to its rightful owners — the taxpayers — real poverty would diminish over time and could be taken care of by local charities, churches, and families. With more money in people’s wallets, they would have more to given to help real poverty.
Jobs would be created because that $226 billion would have been circulating in the economy creating the need for additional commodities and services.
Subjects paid tribute so they would not be “ground under” by rulers who considered their own actions to be “benevolent.” The lives of those who paid the tribute were ruined since the tyrant controlled how free a person was to make a living and create a future for himself and his family. He did this by minimizing a family’s capital — let the people keep enough to exist, take enough to keep them dependent. Those who paid the tribute remained undercapitalized and necessarily dependent upon the State (1 Sam. 8; Luke 22:25; cf. Rom. 13:1–4). To refuse to pay tribute meant punishment (2 Kings 17:4). Those who imposed the tribute used the funds to expand their political power (2 Chron. 26:8), weaken the productivity of the people, and keep them dependent upon the ruler—forever. The State perverts the biblical ideal of servant and adopts the demonic reality of idolatry.