Guest Submission by: Gene Brown
It just dawned on me this week that the rich, by any definition, and the poor do share a common thought or belief. Neither likes to pay taxes.
Any reasonable person realizes that a dollar taken from the pocket of a citizen and sent to the coffers of the government is a dollar that the citizen can’t use for personal desires or necessities.
Taxes restrict our ability to send our children to dance class, private school, or baseball camp.
Taxes restrict our ability to save for vacations, cars, or homes.
Taxes restrict the items we put in our shopping carts, the entertainment venues we frequent, and the avocations we pursue.
Taxes inhibit the business decisions we make: the number of employees we hire, whether we upgrade equipment, or whether we expand or stagnate.
Taxes are a means for one segment of society to exercise control over the rest, and that means taxes are a detriment.
Every dollar the government extorts from the citizenry is a dollar that is lost to economic circulation, is lost to investment, and is lost to personal wealth.
Unfortunately, taxes are necessary, because there are certain, limited functions government should accomplish that individual citizens can’t.
So, it seems logical that since taxes are universally painful and universally necessary, they should be universally applied.
Poor and Rich are opposite ends of a spectrum, and both require different skill sets. To be poor requires the art or skill of indolence. There are exceptions, but generally that is all it takes.
To be rich requires having a physical ability, a cultural talent, a business expertise, or identifying a needed service or product. Most importantly, it requires a drive and commitment that most people don’t have or won’t strive for.
Since poverty is its own form of bondage, most Americans endeavor to leave poverty and attain wealth.
Somewhere along the line we recognize the requirements to become rich, and most of us will “settle” for our own personal level of comfort.
Rather than admit they made a conscious decision to settle for a balance of home, family, and work, etc., too many American citizens will listen to a misleading politician target, demean, and castigate the rich.
Too many comfortable Americans have fallen for the idea that the rich need to fund our government “because they can afford it.”
In reality every citizen, not just the rich, has a responsibility and an obligation to fund our government.
A final thought on why more, not fewer, Americans should help shoulder the tax burden. It is not for reasons of equity, but reasons of accountability.
The more taxpayers we have, the greater the scrutiny of our elected representatives.
The more taxpayers we have, the greater the hue and cry will be when those representatives raise the existing tax rate.
The more taxpayers we have, the less likely our hard earned money will be wasted on things like National Public Radio, studying the mating habits of minnows, or researching whether college women are likely to have casual sex after a few alcoholic drinks.
When it comes to taxpayers, more is better!
That’s my nickel.