If you’ve been around me for any length of time you know that I have a lot of ideas regarding taxes. Basically, I don’t like them—then again, who really does?
- I believe that we’d be a lot better off without income tax deductions from our pay checks. If we actually felt the pain of having to pay, we would make more noise about paying. That, and the government wouldn’t be holding onto our money.
- I believe that tax day and election day should coincide. If we’re going to pay a whole bunch of money, we should still have that anger when we go to the polls—it’d strike fear in politicians.
- I believe that we should have a Fair Tax (see sidebar), so that instead of taxing us multiple times (income, sales, corporate (makers of goods), etc.) we could be taxed once at purchase.
But this latest one really stretches my brain:
I’m beginning to think that the Federal Government shouldn’t be taxing individual citizens at all.
No, I’m not trying to argue the legality of the income tax. What I am saying is that if this land is supposed to be a collection of states, why is it that the Federal Government can jump rank and come after us individually? Where is that conceptually sound.
To me, I see protection in federalism, because I see it as a safe guard. If the federal government required money from the states, and the states required it of the local governments, then the states and local governments could decide how to raise the money. Some states would opt for sales taxes, some for fair taxes, some for income taxes, and some (like Alaska) would still be giving out tax rebates.
The fact that our system of federalism is broken means that we’re not flexible to try out ideas because we have a “one-size-fits-all” solution, implemented top-down, and there’s extreme difficulty in being able to change that solution because it effects the whole country.
And taxes aren’t the only place this is true. There are a lot of federal government programs (and there are more being created every day with this new administration) that would benefit from the ability for the states to try different solutions to figure out what was best, but instead, we have a group of isolated leaders in Washington that listen to lobbyists, and propose one solution—with no good way of benchmarking it.
So, call me a federalist, or a person that believes in the separation of government, because I believe there would be a whole lot to be gained by letting states have more rights, and keeping the federal government from imposing their will on the whole country from above.