I recently wrote about the use of the word “fair” and how it should be utterly banished, ditched, and stricken from our discussions of taxation. Our nation wasn’t founded and built upon “fair”. It was all about “equal”. There’s no way in our founding principles or our subsequent history where it’s somehow fine, right and just to assess some people a higher rate of taxation than others, in order to receive the very same benefits as citizens, or in many instances, to receive fewer benefits, than another citizen who is taxed at a lower rate – or not taxed at all. Yet, there it is. But watch this: the only thing which breathes life into this uneven, punitive and devious tax code which presently exists is our acceptance of the term “fair”.
Let's Change How We Think
We must stop accepting the term “fair” in our political thought or in our daily usage of English if we expect to level this playing field and tax everyone according to their net income with the exact same rate, no deductions, no rebates, no “presidential campaign” check box on the one-page return (which can be used to support a candidate you would never vote for!) There should never be a discussion of “his” fair share or “their” fair share. A citizen under the law, is a citizen. End of story. As a citizen, that individual should pay a tax to support the government which provides its services for him/her. Everyone “shares” those things so a citizen’s tax rate should be exactly the same as any other citizen’s tax rate. Period. As soon as someone talks about another’s “fair share”, you know we’re talking about subjecting that individual to uneven treatment and persecution under the law. Our constitution recognizes no “classes”. That was by intent. Only individuals are recognized there.
There are a lot of tax plans out there, some which use the word “fair” in the very title. Some are called “bipartisan”, which, to me means “this is Democrat legislation that the GOP has caved in on – there’s something buried in the details of this which will make some people “special”” and boost Democrat power". With those kinds of deals, we’ll just end up in the same sort of situation we are in at present. As for abolishing the IRS… what? The name “Internal Revenue Service”? Is that what will be abolished? Let’s get real. Someone has to collect the taxes, monitor the collection status and ensure compliance with our tax laws. We are certainly good conservatives, but I don’t think that we’re anarchists. We do need a government and it needs money. I don’t believe that there will be any abolition of the IRS, as such.
No Collection of Taxes By Businesses
Nor do I believe that we should put the onus of tax collection upon private businesses. It should not be their job to be accountable to the federal government for what they sell and how much of it they sell and collect. Talk about a compliance nightmare… They are at present liable for their income taxes, yes, but collecting them for our government takes that to an entirely different level. One of the main difficulties we face now, as a nation, is the growing and unholy alliance of big businesses and our government through and because of “regulation”. This would only strengthen and further legitimize that bond by giving our federal government yet another entrée into the internal operations of our nation’s commercial enterprises and oversight of their activities. It’s a trap. Speaking of that, I’m somewhat inclined to wonder if some of the competing ideas for tax reform aren’t really just shills, the aim of which is to split agreement on a change and thus prevent or seriously delay meaningful reform. We have to be careful and pay attention, especially to schemes which are overly complicated (too many wild cards) or which look to be similar to what we currently have. The flat tax makes the most sense to me, especially that put forward by Steve Forbes. With this scheme, all Americans are in direct communication with their government and see first-hand what money they send to Washington. It’s not buried in the price of something nor processed through an intermediary. This will likely help Americans to do what must be done in a participatory democracy and that’s keep their eye on their government. However, any change where all 11,000 plus pages of IRS tax code are flushed down the toilet and the tax levy percentage becomes the same for all citizens without loopholes, based on their income, will be an improvement. The simpler it is, the less expensive it will be to manage and the more difficult it will become to scam the system. And never forget, it’s not about “fair”.