Taxation as Policy not Politics

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The Issue and its Facts

America has a miserably complex and counterproductive tax system. It is riddled with special interest loop-holes and welfare for rich lobbyists. It has taken 100 years of congressional committee meetings to create our IRS monster. The system is broken, badly broken. And, each generation of politicians in committee meetings makes it even worse.

Due to high taxes and burdensome regulations, American corporations (and the jobs they create) are frequently driven overseas – that’s doubly counterproductive (less taxes and less jobs).

Contrary to popular myths, America is no longer the greatest nation in the world. Today’s America ranks as the:

  • 11th wealthiest nation in the world (per capita),
  • 14th on the world happiness index,
  • 32th on the business friendliness index,
  • 1st in spending on education (per capita), but in the lower 1/3 in academic achievement.

We are shooting ourselves in the foot.

A good tax and regulatory system should work “hand in glove” toward the same goals based on well thought out principles. All taxes and regulations should:

  • Maximize international business competitiveness (thereby jobs creation),
  • Be simple and easily understood,
  • Avoid subsidies (let foreign governments subsidize sales to us), and
  • Avoid graduated tax rates that distort reality and increase costs even further.

Whether directly or indirectly, all taxes and regulations are ultimately paid for by the end consumer (you and me). There are no free lunches.

Thinking Conventionally

Increase taxes. The government needs more money to do its job. Tax the Golden Geese. Power is everything. Demagoguery works. “Free Stuff” buys votes. Unions are our best constituents. Special interests support us for reelection. Wall Street loves us. Government is good. Demonize our opponents. Read Rules for Radicals.

Thinking Better

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Which America do you want for your children?

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