published Sunday, February 8th, 2009

What if half paid no taxes?

Most us don’t like taxes, do we? But we have to pay federal, state, county and city taxes, don’t we, because taxes are necessary to finance government services?

But what do you think would happen if more than half of the people were not required to pay taxes — while fewer than half were required to pay the whole governmental bill?

Wouldn’t the more than half not paying taxes demand benefits for themselves that would have to be paid for by the fewer than half who did pay, resulting in a catastrophic failure of the economy that supports us all?

Do you realize that more than 44 million American households already pay no federal income taxes?

Have you noticed that President Barack Obama wants to raise taxes on 5 percent of Americans, and wants to “cut” taxes for others — meaning in some cases that people who already pay no federal income taxes would get checks from taxpayers as $500 “refunds” for something they have not funded in the first place?

Do we want to have our country moving toward having more than half not pay and fewer than half pay?

Currently, it is sadly reported that about 11 million Americans are unemployed. We are sympathetic toward each one who wants a job but can’t find one. But while about 11 million American citizens are jobless, we have somewhere between 11 million and 20 million people (no one knows for sure how many) who have come into our country illegally. Many or most of them hold jobs, which is the reason they have come here.

Congress has been considering many new spending programs to “stimulate” the economy — with the cost approaching a trillion dollars. These plans include many things that are not stimulative, but may actually add a drag on our economy as money has to be borrowed to finance them. Some of the programs are unconstitutional. Some are unnecessary. Some are wasteful. Some are sheer “pork.”

Do such things represent sound federal finance, good judgment, economic wisdom and “good” policy?

If half or nearly half of prospective voters believe they can get more out of government in a variety of handouts, subsidies, benefits, incentives or other ways, we will sow the seeds of our own economic destruction, not prosperity.

Scottish-born lawyer and writer Alexander Fraser Tytler, Lord Woodhouselee, lived in Britain from 1747 to 1813. Two separate notable quotations have been attributed to him, with the two sometimes having been put together — although there has been no reliable determination of whether he said such things. But they make a lot of sense. Here are the quotes:

“A democracy is always temporary in nature; it simply cannot exist as a permanent form of government. A democracy will continue to exist up until the time that voters discover that they can vote themselves largess from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates who promise the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that every democracy will finally collapse due to loose fiscal policy, which is always followed by a dictatorship.

“The average age of the world’s greatest civilizations from the beginning of history has been about 200 years. During those 200 years, these nations always progressed through the following sequence: From bondage to spiritual faith; from spiritual faith to great courage; from courage to liberty; from liberty to abundance; from abundance to complacency; from complacency to apathy; from apathy to dependence; from dependence back into bondage.”

It would be wise for us today, as government is growing, as our economy is shrinking, to consider these comments as a beneficial warning to us all.

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Nothing is going to get better in this Country until the GREED & Corruption is stopped. Nothing will get better until our tax dollars are kept here, where they belong and are needed. There's way too much money being sent to other Countries on a daily basis and the tax paying citizens of this great country are paying for it. The answers are simple but no one appears to see them! If the US Government would stop and take a good look at what is happening here, they'd know what to do. For each legal taxpayer, freeze income taxes for a two year period. Rather than send billions of dollars to other countries, send each legal taxpayer in our country, the sum of $100,000.00. This will enable these people that have worked hard to have homes, to save them. Millions of hard working legal US Citizens have worked hard their entire lives, only to lose their retirements to greed & corruption. This Country needs to be repaired and it needs to help the legal US Citizens of this Country, not all the other countries that have done absolutely nothing to help us. If we are going to have a deficit of trillions of dollars, it should be a deficit to help this country. As I stated, the answer is simple, but no one wants to see it.

This Country better wake up before it is too late and that time is not far away. We have people losing their jobs, their homes, and very soon, won't be able to feed their families. We have people that have no health insurance and can't pay for prescription drugs.

I think it is time for our government to take a good hard look at what is happening right here at home and stop worrying about what is happening in other countries. The USA can't change what is going on in countries that have been at war FOREVER. Why are we even trying?

I'm sorry but this is way out of control. We have CEO's making more money than most of us spend in a lifetime. We have CEO's spending $6,000.00 for a trash can while redecorating their offices. Hello, what is wrong with this picture?

If no one sees a problem with all of this, then we are truly a stupid nation.

February 8, 2009 at 10:23 a.m.
pigsken said...

I don't have a problem in paying my share of taxes, my problem is having no say in how the tax money is spent.

February 8, 2009 at 8:47 p.m.
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