Sunday, November 9, 2014

The Case Against Higher Taxes

This Blogger is a Common Sense Conservative, not a Libertarian and certainly not an Anarchist against all government.  I am against bigger government and higher taxes because both are job killers.  Local, State and the Federal Government today represent about 40% of our Gross Domestic Product.  That is, of our $15 Trillion annual economy, total government spending is about $6 Trillion in purchases for goods, services and all sorts of benefits going to the American people.   This is possible because government confiscates all sorts of taxes and other fees from both personal and corporate taxpayers along with borrowing Trillions of dollars each year to feed the beast.  When government takes money from each of us and or from companies, we have less money to spend on purchases, or investments.   This means that as the government gets bigger, we as individuals, or as companies are worse off.

This is the reason the Middle Class in America continues to see erosion in purchasing power and job loss.  Government is an inefficient user of our resources.   We would spend our money more wisely.  There is tremendous waste, fraud, abuse, corruption and redundancy in government spending.  As one of many examples, even though we spend more money on public education than any other industrialized country in the world, often achieving poor results, teacher unions push for more money going to our schools, which really means to their members, even if it means higher taxes.   There is never a discussion about cutting the layers of bureaucracy that starts with the Federal Department of Education, the State Departments of Education and the County Departments of Education, preventing any of these monies for these expenses from getting to local School Boards and the classroom.  It is this layering that is bankrupting our country, even with high taxes, because it exists at virtually every level and department of government.

As such, this Blogger always opposes new taxes and raising existing taxes and fees, no matter how worthy the cause, or argument because it just feeds the beast, rather than causing real reform to take place to squeeze out the waste, fraud, abuse, corruption and redundancy.  Businesses have to cut expenses when faced with less revenues, or they would go out of business.  That just never happens in government.   Socialists, in particular and RINO's see a cut in expenses as just less of an increase in spending.  That is ridiculous.  Worst of all, failure is always rewarded with more money.  The recent Veterans Affairs Scandal is a prime example.  Rather than prosecute the crooks at the VA that cooked the books to fraudulently get higher bonuses and privatizing medical care for VETS, the Congress, including all Socialists and nearly all Republicans voted to give the VA $16.7 Billion more dollars to build 26 more hospitals.  So, the reward for failure is an even bigger budget and bigger government.   This is just crazy. 

This Blogger will never support higher taxes and government fees until there is a serious effort to end waste, fraud, abuse, corruption and redundancy in government.  Since this is not likely to happen any time soon, no matter which party is in power, it means I will always be against tax and fee increases of any kind.   Allowing the government beast to grow bigger is bad for America.       

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