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Liberals Love Your Loot
by Mark Glesne
09 March 2004Dollar Sign

Modern liberal fiscal policy is based on consistently increasing the seizure and redistribution of personal income.

In the words of Dick Armey, “Three groups spend other people's money: children, thieves, politicians. All three need supervision.”

Liberals love your loot.  Let me rephrase; liberals love to take your money.  Far from principles of FDR and JFK, modern liberal fiscal policy is based on consistently increasing the seizure and redistribution of personal income.   

The liberal policies of high taxation are in direct disregard to the limited government our great nation was founded on.  There is a fundamental problem with high taxation, which is illustrated in almost all liberal fiscal policy.  Liberals believe they have the right to confiscate personal property – yes, personal income is personal property – and redistribute it.  At the core of this policy is the narcissistic liberal mindset that the money we earn belongs first and foremost to the government.  The quasi-socialistic mindset of liberal fiscal policy is daunting to say the least. 

As Americans entrenched in liberty, we should be fervently opposed to the government seizing and redistributing a high and disproportionate percentage of personal income.

Today, working families pay four times more in taxes than they did in the 1950s.  The 1993 Clinton-Gore tax increase, the largest in history, only added to this.  During the Felon-Gore administration, the federal tax burden alone grew by 45 percent, from an average of $4,625 to $6,690 per person.  Looking back, at the time of FDR’s New Deal, the government consumed approximately five percent of America’s national income.  Today it consumes upwards of 25 percent. 

As a society we should strive for a flat tax system.  Every citizen should pay the same percentage in income taxes – regardless of socioeconomic status.  Liberals, however, reject the idea of a flat tax, no surprise there.  Liberals hate equality in this sense and equate paying the same percentage in taxes to paying the same amount in taxes.  Those on the left can’t stand the idea of someone making $1 million a year, getting taxed the same percentage of their income as someone in the lower income bracket.  Why not?  A flat tax is equal and fair.  The government should not be in the business of adjusting taxation based on how small or large an income.

Sean Hannity laid out a responsible flat tax cut plan in his book Let Freedom Ring.  I ascribe to the same type of plan which goes a little something like this:  We would begin with a generous personal exemption of $15,000 for each adult and $5,000 for each child.   This obviously means a family of four would pay no federal income tax on their first $40,000 -- a tax cut of between $1,000 and $2,000 for many Americans.  Above the personal exemptions, we should tax income at a single fixed rate, possibly 15 or 17 percent, allowing deductions only for charitable contributions and home mortgage interest payments.  We abolish the tax on capital gains, the tax on marriage, the alternative minimum tax, savings and investment and of course the sadly humorous idea of taxing one’s death. 

A foremost problem liberals have with a flat tax system is that it can actually work.  A flat tax system has been in place in Russia since 2001 and the Russian people are thriving under it.  Liberals would like to model US post-9/11 foreign policy after countries like Russia, but won’t give their tax system a second glance.  In the first year alone under a flat tax, some 400,000 new businesses were created.  This is an 11 percent increase and tax revenues rose 47 percent.  Forty-seven percent!  Unlike many liberal philosophies, a flat tax doesn’t just look good on paper -- it actually works.

Liberal opponents to a flat tax system will have you believe that to realistically achieve a flat tax system we would have to raise taxes on the “poor” -- an option I ardently oppose.  What they fail to mention is that, while that is one option, the other option is to lower the current taxes on the “rich.”

“Tax cuts for the rich” is a brilliantly deceptive notion coined by despots on the left, attempting to scare citizens into becoming cozy with the idea of “the rich” paying a high percentage of the nation’s taxes.  If you want to witness a liberal up in arms opposing equality, tell them you support tax cuts for the rich.  When the top 1% of wage earners in this country pay over 33% of our nation’s taxes, something is wrong.  More so, when the top 10% of wage earners in this country pay over 66% of our nation’s taxes, something is terribly wrong.  We should support tax cuts for those paying a disproportionate amount of the nation’s taxes.

I understand that taxation is necessary in the United States.  However, the government does not need to consume one half of every dollar working Americans earn at the margin to have a first-rate military, adequate police and fire forces and well-maintained roads.  The left must stop using American tax dollars as their charge account and return to the fair policies of Democratic leaders before them.

As Ronald Reagan said, “Government does not tax to get the money it needs; government always finds a need for the money it gets.”

Mark Glesne is a Communication/Marketing Specialist for a software corporation in Camarillo, California and a United States Marine Corps reservist.

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