Standing against big government and for the people!
I am pleased so many of you have expressed your opinions about the four Principles Based Taxes papers I posted. Your comments have been both of concern and of great interest to me. I may have raised the blood pressure of many of you. For this I am concerned as I wish no one harm. I am certainly not upset by your (mostly negative) comments, since anything as emotional as “taxes” is bound to evoke strong feelings. Unfortunately, I do not have time to respond to each of you. So here is an initial summary.
F.Y.I.: I have repeatedly written in my book and blog (see information at www.Save Our SystemNow.com) that many of our nation’s systems are at tipping points. To save our nation:
My four papers focused on the last bullet. In fact, effective solutions to today’s problems require spending, job, and economic growth policies that include taxes based on long-term principles.
Of most interesting to me has been the amount of dialog on this VERY Important and timely topic. I believe as many of you do that our nation is in big trouble. We need to reduce deficits, if not now, very soon. Eliminating ALL discretionary spending (all federal departments and agencies including Defense) is not enough to cover our present and projected deficits. Two types of mandatory spending exist. One is spending to fulfill promises made to citizens who have already paid into or worked for the privilege, i.e., S.S., various retirement programs, Medicaid, etc. The other is spending for welfare. Elimination of ALL welfare does not begin to cover the deficit. So, the real question is how can we achieve near zero deficits. Principles based taxation and reducing the 80.000 pages of (special interests) tax code must be part of the equation.
I have tried to decipher your comments to see if there are areas of consensus from which to develop a united conservative position or of weaknesses that require more work. I’m still working on it, but here are six of my observations.
Close to a consensus:
Needs more work:
We must continue this dialog to reach a conservative consensus that fixes the immediate problems. “Solutions” that may be a long-term fix are of little use if they do not solve time urgent problems, include a viable transition or are not marketable to the general public. Old rhetoric is not enough. How do we fix the immediate problems while transitioning to a more stable, healthy nation?