Consumption Tax and Our Damned Democracy

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.

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7 Comments

  1. Zod
    Posted May 28, 2008 at 5:49 pm | Permalink

    Parasites are the ultimate egalitarians. They don’t want to have to work any harder than anyone else and they don’t want anyone else to get more than they get. The best way to appeal to ‘paresites’ is to promise them welfare, entitlements, universal healthcare and safety nets and to make the rich pay for most of it.

    Parasites find income taxes naturally appealing because, in theory, it is the most direct and effective way to redistribute wealth from the rich to the poor and middle class through social policies and programs. They view consumption taxes as exactly the opposite- a means of taxing the poor and untaxing the rich.

    The way to get them to support a consumption tax is to show them how they are being deceived- how income taxes actually tax the poor with higher retail prices and untax the rich with countless loopholes. Then show them how the rich will have no way of avoiding a consumption tax while the poor are completely compensated.

    Parasites are slow learners so, a steady stream of TV and radio commercials as well as some late night/early morning infomercials reminding them of these points and calling for support should sink it in after a while.

  2. reasonmrsmith
    Posted May 29, 2008 at 11:24 am | Permalink

    Good idea… perhaps the video professor could help us out.

  3. Posted May 31, 2008 at 12:37 am | Permalink

    Anarcho-capitalism can be a better way.
    Democracy turned to be the dictatorial rule of majority over minority. It is no better if the government is not kept away from economic sector completely (Including police and legal system) which can be financed by voluntary taxation.

    Any form of compulsory taxation by any form of government , be it (Majority dictatorial democracy)is wrong and extortion of Individual freedom.

    As John Locke defined liberty as “liberty is to be free from restraint and violence from others, which cannot be where there is no law; and is not, as we are told, “a liberty for every man to do what he lists.” For who could be free, when every other man’s humour might domineer over him? But a liberty to dispose and order freely as he lists his person, actions, possessions, and his whole property within the allowance of those laws under which he is, and therein not to be subject to the arbitrary will of another, but freely follow his own”.

    Since compulsory taxation reduces an Individual’s free-will to use his earnings and possession completely for his own, any sort of compulsory taxation is simly unjustified.

  4. Posted June 23, 2008 at 6:43 am | Permalink

    You can always withdraw your productive value from society…or manipulate the system to where it benefits you. The looters think they can buy the votes of the moochers with the money of productive people, but if we all quit supporting them everything would crash.

    Why don’t we all save up enough money to buy a nice 3rd world nation and invite people who are tired of being looted to join and build a truly great objectivist society?? The rest of the world will continue to sink in the quicksand of ever-expanding and intrusive governments, but a society that encourages productivity and doesn’t have the anchor of worthless people to support would soar…

  5. reasonmrsmith
    Posted June 24, 2008 at 1:40 am | Permalink

    Lord, while my visceral reaction to your Midas-comment is quite positive, the parasites have made clear that neither rain, nor sleet, nor oceans, nor borders will keep them from finding new hosts to feed on.

  6. Posted July 4, 2008 at 7:54 pm | Permalink

    I found your blog via Facebook. Thanks for advertising. I’s a relief to know that there are other people out there who use logic, not emotions, to address political issues. I doubt that we will ever be rid of income taxes, or any other taxes by which our hard earned dollars are stolen to help those who refuse to help themselves. However, I have to keep fighting, so that my daughter may have a better future.

  7. Francis Luogn
    Posted July 20, 2008 at 2:57 pm | Permalink

    >>> most Americans don’t value education highly, and thus teachers don’t command higher salaries

    Teacher salaries are not determined by a free market. They are determined by government regulation. Were they determined by a free market with a completely privately-owned school system then you would see for certain how much education is valued by rational individuals.

    You fear to let yourself say that democracy/representative-government is bad in anyway but when the Constitution permits governmental controls into the economy, all a representative government can succeed at doing is make our slide into statist totalitarianism a slow muddy mess. Representative government IS good, when combined with a Constitution that will limit government from economic interference.


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