Real Tax Reform

While the Congress and the president spar over how to balance the budget and cut spending the issue of tax reform has been one option on the table as a possible compromise between the two parties. As someone who has long defended the rich, even though I’ve never met a rich person and not rich myself, in fact I’m right at the line of what typical defines a poor college student in his early twenties just starting to build his life. Be that as it may when I abandoned my socialist tendencies I realized the problem with our tax problem wasn’t so called loop holes for corporations and millionaire and billionaires to jump through like dogs jumping through flaming hops at the circus, the problem is the income tax itself.

Why do we have a progressive income tax where wealth is essentially taken from those who earn the most and given to those who earn the least and some who don’t earn at all? I mean this comes down to a sort of morally excused form of theft by government. I could imagine the founding fathers and what they would think of the country they blood, cried, and fought to form after risking their lives to oust a tyrannical foreign power, I could imagine what they would say if they realized that the government they created forces people to subsidize others. I mean no matter how you look at it the progressive income tax provides the poor to live off the rich. Free societies with free economies based on a free market system that decides winners and losers based on talent, risk, data, market mood, and other factors such as this one go against the ideas of wealth redistribution and equal outcome principles. If I’m a top pitching prospect or a top ranked fighter in the world, I’m going to get what I’m worth and that might be more than the guy who has less skill, less upside and less value. I didn’t write the rules, the bible did actually because in the bible it says “All hard work brings a profit but mere talk  leads only to poverty” (Proverbs 14:23). Why don’t we teach our society to work hard and dream big instead of teaching them to hate and hold contempt in their hearts for their fellow countryman. I can’t believe in a country such as this, a country built on the ideas of freedom to dream and freedom to chase those dreams, where every man is responsible for his own destiny, or so I thought, but in a country where freedom is synonymous and the most cherished bounty of all, we’re being taught to hate fellow Americans because they happen to make more money than we do.

You know I talk about the “Parents to Children” theory and I don’t know if someone talked about this before I came along but I use it often when trying to explain away the dangers of socialism and wealth redistribution to people my age in college. Children cannot provide for themselves so the parents naturally support the child until the child is old enough to get a job. This is the most basic and natural form of relationship between living things on earth. When the mother bird gives birth to baby birds she feeds them from her mouth, then the baby birds attempt to fly the nest and fend for themselves. This doesn’t mean the mother bird no longer has the responsibility to love and care about her children, but this is a mere stage in life that all living creatures human and animal experience.

For far too long the rich have essentially been the mother bird to the baby bird poor. The progressive income tax has been in place since Woodrow Wilson and yet we’ve seen the rich get richer and poor either stay poor or if you can even believe it become poorer. Some say well this proves we need to not only keep the progressive income tax in place but we need to raise the rate on the rich even higher to close the income and wealth gap. Now think about this guys, they been talking about this since the 1980s and yet again the gap continues to outgrow the amount of taxes leveled at the rich. So you could raise the rates to 100% on the rich to very rich in America and I promise you that gap will grow, perhaps grow a bit slower than normal but the poor won’t be any less poor than they were.

My point is this, taxing the rich never solved economic problems because it doesn’t jive with our system. Free market systems run on freedom, not tax increases. You have to have a free flow of ideas and flexible markets in order to create the kind of jobs and wealth needed in this country. It’s like, you know there are certain vehicles built for certain kinds of terrain. You can’t drive a jet ski in the desert right? And you can’t drive a pickup truck on water, make sense?

Redistribution of wealth and free market capitalism go together like Palestinians and Israelis, they don’t.

I leave you with some words from the left’s most admired Republican president and Obama’s favorite Abraham Lincoln. Let’s see what old “Honest Abe” had to say about wealth and a man’s material earning. Was he as progressive as the left likes to paint him? Read for yourself:

“Property is the fruit of labor…property is desirable…is a positive good in the world. That some should be rich shows that others may become rich, and hence is just encouragement to industry and enterprise. Let not him who is houseless pull down the house of another; but let him labor diligently and build one for himself, thus by example assuring that his own shall be safe from violence when built.”-Abraham Lincoln

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