After years of debating AGAINST different tax reforms that tax people not based on their value to society (i.e. their income), but based on what they consume, I am ready to throw in the towel.
Damn the consequences – I cannot support a “progressive” tax system that taxes some more than others because those with more money “need it less than others.” If I work double the hours of most Americans for 20 years of my life, forgoing vacations and excessive beer/cigarettes/sex that consume most people’s lives, and if as a result I am able to earn an income that is above average – say $500k to $1mm – I would like to know… by what right do my elected officials have to tell me that I should be willing to spend a greater percentage of my income to compensate for the failings of the bastard-makers and society-looters that cannot provide for themselves?
Remember those losers in high school that laughed at intelligent thought, refused to do their work, and cheated constantly? Or how about the smart ones that did their work, but that consistently showed preference for the “theoretical” as opposed to the “actual?” Tell me… please… how justice is served when I am forced to pay their way through life, and their children’s way through life?
The truth is that there are billions of people in this world that do not carry their own weight, and I do not see why I should be forced to pay a penny to help any one of them live a better life (or to live at all) if I don’t want to. By imposing “consumption” taxes, such as the fair tax, we allow people to control their tax bills not by earning/producing less, but by consuming less, if they so choose. When we buy a product at the store the price is already inflated by the taxes that all the parties to that product will have to pay – so implementing a “fair” tax or a similar consumption tax would not simply inflate prices, as many detractors claim.
Economically speaking, the higher-income people in society, assuming their incomes are earned through an honest exchange of value, are more highly valued to society than those of lesser-income, at least on an incremental basis. That, at least, is the most objective way at looking at the matter. Some may argue that teachers are more highly valued to society, but one need only have a conversation with most Americans to know that most Americans don’t value education highly, and thus teachers don’t command higher salaries. That said, the high-value people are small in number. There are many more parasites than producers, and in a democracy where such a phenomenon exists, parasites will have greater influence on whom becomes elected than their more valuable counterparts. As a result we have politicians that ignore the fundamental principles of economics and justice and enact tax policies that favor need over justice.
I have come to the realization that it is only by manipulating the parasites to some how vote for justice over freebies that fair laws such as consumption taxes can be put into place… but I know I am late to the party on this one. Conservatives have manipulated many parasites who call themselves religious to vote for conservative policies (the religious right), but unfortunately the price of manipulation is so great that the line between Conservatism and Liberalism because very blurry.
I want my consumption taxes but I doubt i’ll get them… and I want many other policies that are based on the principles of justice… but I will never get them either, unless the producers in society learn to more effectively manipulate the parasites into doing the right thing. Democracy is the best option… I am PRO PRO PRO Democracy… there is no good alternative that I know of… but on days like this, for a few short minutes, I have to allow myself to say… DAMN DAMN DAMN DEMOCRACY.