You can pick any significant number of consecutive years you want. Any, say 10-15 years. And compare the receipts from one year to the prior year. See what ya get. For example, I’ll pick the most recent set of years; 2000 through the estimates for 2016. Look:
There are 16 possible opportunities for receipts to go up or down. Of those 16, they go up for 12 of ’em. The time frames when they are going down is after the recession of 2000 and the shock of the 9/11 attacks. The second time frame is during the most recent recession. Other than that, the tax receipts increase. In fact, if you go back further than 2000, the next most recent decrease in revenues comes in the 1982-1983 year. That’s 17 consecutive years of tax growth.
So, what does this tell us?
It tells us that those who are calling for tax increases in order to satisfy the “increase revenue” meme aren’t looking at the full picture. Left alone, taxes will deliver year over year growth.
In fact, if you take the historic annual tax receipt increase since after the war and assume that going forward, you can easily balance the budget. For example, if we allow the budget to GROW, that is no cuts, but only grow by 2%, we have a balanced budget in 2023:
Limit spending. Don’t raise taxes. Balance the budget in 12 years.
It’s spending people, spending. W do NOT have a taxing problem.