Our political system, which has failed us before, seems to be failing us again. Our elected leaders are run by the corporatism and bailouts of Wall Street and everyday are pouring more and more money into antiquated federal programs. In the last five or so decades, federal income tax receipts have remained fairly constant, yet the tax burden has indubitably gone way up. Simply put, it has been shifted from income tax to other less visible taxes and has allowed government spending in the area of payments for individuals like Medicare, social security, and food stamps to increase at an alarming rate. The government has entered so many non-governmental functions that it has corrupted the private sector by attacking small businesses. Gerald ford said it best, “A government big enough to give you everything you want is a government big enough to take from you everything you have.”
We have lost sight of what our political system is supposed to do, and we’ve failed at protecting the free market. Our founding fathers believed in limited government and low taxes-they foresaw the fiscal problems we have today, and they would agree that taxing the rich wouldn’t solve the long-term deficit problem.