Wednesday, March 28, 2007

The Tax "Burden" Myth

I reject this whole notion of tax as a "burden".

Taxes are the dues you pay for membership in this great society.

Taxes are the cost of doing business in our Markets.

Taxes are what pay for the hundred Billion dollar "defense" industry right-wingers love so much.

Taxes built our interstate highway system.

Taxes built our schools.

Taxes built our bridges.

Taxes built this Internet we are using right now.

You don't want to pay taxes?

Fine, get your lazy ass out of America.
Stop sponging off us.

The common complaint is that taxes are a ‘redistribution of wealth”.
Corporate subsidies are a redistribution of wealth from the poor to the rich, but you never hear the anti-tax crowd say that.

If you think certain taxes are too high, that’s fine, let’s look at alternate revenue streams.

For instance, I am all for offsetting our income taxes through alternate revenue streams, such as tariffs.

What is the one thing everyone in the world wants?

Access to our markets.

They want access to sell their cheap goods to American Consumers by the boatload.

Fine.
So charge them for it, like they charge us for access to their markets.

Prior to the 20th Century the Federal Government was funded almost solely by revenue from Tariffs. The 20th century brought about the shift in funding our government from Business and Industry to the Workers.

And who uses the Commons more, the individual or the Business?

Who do you think puts more wear and tear on our roads, Wal-Mart or you?

So who do you think should pay more for that wear and tear?

Right now, it is you and I who pay for it.

I don't think that is right.

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