The Shake Down
Obama’s solution to all our problems is to tax more and spend more. Rand Paul’s solution is to actually balance the budget and impose a seventeen percent income tax as though that were the answer to all our fiscal woes. Paul said in his response to Obama’s State of the Union address, “With my five-year budget, millions of jobs would be created by cutting the corporate income tax in half, by creating a flat personal income tax of 17% , and by cutting the regulations that are strangling American businesses.”
They are both wrong. Maybe Paul is correct about cutting corporate income tax and he could be partially right about cutting regulations, but he is all wrong about a seventeen percent flat tax. He has some nerve to state that the federal government is somehow entitled to seventeen percent of a person’s income. Why? So they can continue to throw it away on the moochers and parasites living on the dole? So we can continue to invade foreign countries and then spend years and years in occupation with billions and billions of dollars going to fraud, and waste for no purpose? Bailing out their favorite financial failures like banks and automobile corporations?
Cutting corporate taxes makes sense in that it is business that drives the economy not the federal government. Business is the true creator of wealth and for a business to survive they must be fiscally responsible, unlike the government. Regulating those businesses is debatable. If businessmen had an enforceable code of ethics and consistently acted in an ethical manner then there would be no need for government regulation. There is a difference between government regulation designed to protect consumers and regulation whose sole purpose is to impede the creative process of capitalism. The purpose of government is to fill in the gaps the people cannot do themselves—like national defense, maintaining our national infrastructure, police, the court system, and protecting us from predatory business practices. Some regulation is a necessary and proper role of government.
The root issue in Paul’s statement is not corporate taxes or regulation, it is the delusional assertion that you and I somehow owe the federal government seventeen percent of our income. You work your tail off and Paul says that seventeen dollars out of every hundred belongs to him and his corrupt cronies. As though seventeen percent is all they ask. In reality they take it from us by force—that is called extortion by the way. The funny thing is when talking about taxes this is all we ever hear, federal income tax, never even a close approximation of the reality we all live with. I live in Utah where there is also state income tax. Add to that state sales tax, state and federal tax on the fuel we use to drive to work, taxes (at all levels) on the utilities I use in my home, and property taxes. In Utah we are even taxed on the food we eat and now they want to tax the water we drink! If you drink and/or smoke, you first pay exorbitant federal and state taxes on the product and then pay an additional state sales tax on the purchase. I even have to pay sales tax on a movie rental! This is to be sure, only a partial list of all the taxes American’s are forced to pay, a small sample of only the most noticeable tribute extorted from us on a daily basis.
I have two questions for you Mr. Paul. The first is, what is the total percentage being extorted from the average citizen on items they have to have simply to live? Could anyone even figure it out? The second question is what is being done with all this money? I have my monetary income and expenditures on a spread sheet. If I were so inclined I could show you down to the penny where my money has been spent and will be spent. It is my money, I feel obligated to be responsible for it. If I were the steward of someone else’s money, I would be, if it were possible, doubly responsible. Stewardship involves, not simply dollars and cents, but an investment of trust in someone’s ability to responsibly handle the matter under their care.
Millions for Defense, Not One Cent for Tribute, was the response of America when first France and then pirates attempted to extort money from us. The phrase is indicative of the attitude of self-reliance and independence shared by our forefathers, an attitude no longer popular in the America we have today. Now that cry has been turned into, Billions for Pork and Welfare, Not One Cent for the Responsible. Seventeen percent? Well that could be less than we pay now, but it is still too much. Show me exactly where that money is needed and how you will account for it. Better yet do as responsible citizens do Mr. Obama and Mr. Paul—live within your means.