July 23, 2011

Announcing a new blog tax

My mother was watching Fox News coverage of the budget fight between President Obama and Speaker Boehner this morning and made a point that I'm sure has been made a million times before by people across the United States, or in fact around the world:

"Why is it that only the government can decide when it needs more money, it can take it from other people?"

The obvious implication of her comment was why can't everyone do it?  Why can't I just tax everyone who reads my blog (arguably I do, if you bother to read my posts I'm sure it can be taxing to your patience)?  Obviously I'm not going to really tax my readers (it would kill my limited readership), because I don't want to, but more importantly - I can't.  I don't have the right to do so.  Nor should I.  Should the government?
It reminds me of Thomas Paine's quote in Common Sense;
Society in every state is a blessing, but government even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one; for when we suffer, or are exposed to the same miseries BY A GOVERNMENT, which we might expect in a country WITHOUT GOVERNMENT, our calamity is heightened by reflecting that we furnish the means by which we suffer.
Obviously it's necessary for the government to have revenues to be able to do its job.  But to arbitrarily be able to demand more, is simply an institutionalized form of racketeering.  How about a constitutional amendment on the government's ability to increase taxes and user fees arbitrarily.  Surely it must rise to some level or pass some sort of qualification testing.  The arbitrary nature, regardless of whether it comes from Congress, the Senate, or a deal with the President, still holds true.

We see it playing out in the Democrats' and the imperial President's (demanding the Congressional leadership showing up this morning to answer to him) approach to this debate - they want to raise taxes.  It MUST be made easier for the government to lower taxes and reduce regulation than to impart new ones.  Otherwise, the bureaucracy will continue to grow to meet the needs  of the growing bureaucracy.

By the way, if you've read this far, and are happy with the no blog tax thing, perhaps you could do me a favor and click on an add.  Thanks.  Alternately, if you think I'm an idiot, please feel free to leave me your reasoning in the comments.  Polite debate is more than welcome.

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