Let’s get one thing clear.
- I care for the people less fortunate.
- The government has no role in that caring.
Okay, that’s two, but the second is important. The government has a role. And that role is to act as the referee in disputes. It is to make sure that we all face the same rules and laws. Sure, there is a cost in maintaining a government, so we tax to pay for it. But that role of government is not meant to take money from those who have it and just flat out GIVE it to those who don’t.
When that role is given to the government, bad things happen. Really bad things.
It creates incentives that aren’t natural. People begin to look for ways to avoid paying their taxes and people begin to look for ways to maximize their TAKE of people’s taxes. Neither system works well.
When people slide around money to avoid taxes, the revenues realized aren’t as high as expected, so taxes are raised. While generating the income, it increases the incentive to defraud the government. This further punishes the honest man at the benefit of the crook. Further, taxes relieve a man of his property. What the government takes is first private property.
People forget this.
The money being taken first belonged to someone who earned it. Confiscation of that property should be done with significant reluctance.
Most importantly, by taking one man’s property and giving it to another, the second man is less incented to earn his own. Life becomes simply a series of cons and loopholes meant to get through today. We lose the productivity of the second man and the power of the money had it been spent in more productive ways.
We lose on both sides.
And this is a perfect illustration: Hat Tip Say Anything Blog
- 0:08 Do you need a tissue?
- 0:26 – You can’t find no job they give you money to live on.
- 0:44 – The furrowed brow. This will be a hilarious recurring theme.
- 1:12 – I spent it on myself.
- 1:35 – The you’re stealing that money. BOOM!
- 1:36 – No! See tissue above.
- 2:32 – $22,000! Per year!
- 3:15 – My conversation is rent…
- 3:24 – I’m 21.
- 4:24 – I’m me!
- 4:30 – That’s what were creating.
- 4:49 – Sending this tape to Congress.
- 5:00 – As taxpayers, we have spent at least $70,000.
- 5:10 – I appreciate that Judge Judy…Note he can’t keep a straight face.
- 5:45 – $70,000 right down the sewer.
I’m not sure if the end makes me laugh or cry. She was actually suing him for rent.