“Mr. President, it is natural to man to indulge in the illusions of hope. We are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth, and listen to the song of that siren till she transforms us into beasts. Is this the part of wise men, engaged in a great and arduous struggle for liberty? Are we disposed to be of the number of those who, having eyes, see not, and, having ears, hear not, the things which so nearly concern their temporal salvation? For my part, whatever anguish of spirit it may cost, I am willing to know the whole truth; to know the worst, and to provide for it.” ~ Patrick Henry
- By: Larry Walker, Jr. -
In following video (link), a former accountant who worked with budgets for over 40 years clearly explains the
Raising taxes leads to a smaller economy and larger government, with the need to eventually raise taxes again at some point. On the other hand, lowering taxes while privatizing entitlement programs leads to a larger economy and less government. Although the latter will cause some pain in the initial years, the affliction will be faced either way. However, privatization is the only path leading to the long-term sustainability of a free Republic.
While some would conclude that the solution involves a combination of increasing tax rates while cutting entitlement programs, I believe the two are mutually exclusive. That is to say, raising taxes reduces the size of the economy leading to the need for even more entitlements. Raising taxes also narrows the tax base leading to less government revenue. On the other hand, privatization requires lowering income tax rates to enable entitlement programs to go private. Cutting taxes also leads to a larger private economy, a broader tax base and increased government revenues. So the latter leads to greater economic independence for free citizens, and less reliance on government programs. This should be the goal for a free society.
Our freedoms may only be sustained by lowering income tax rates in conjunction with privatization of the major entitlement programs (i.e. Social Security, and Medicare). Although some painful days will occur during the initial years of conversion, in which the government must meet its past commitments while transitioning younger workers towards privatization, it is important to note that, “Every time in this century we've lowered the tax rates across the board, on employment, on saving, investment and risk-taking in this economy, revenues went up, not down.” Thus reducing income tax rates will actually increase, not decrease, federal revenues during the transition. Therefore, the tax cuts that I am speaking of should be across the board and immediate, as should the transition towards privatization.
There are really only two choices, (1) a larger private economy based on free-market principles and self-reliance, or (2) an ever increasing and invasive federal government with greater dependence on its ability to collect taxes from a shrinking base of those able to pay. The policies implemented today will determine
"The day that the black man takes an uncompromising step and realizes that he's within his rights, when his own freedom is being jeopardized, to use any means necessary to bring about his freedom or put a halt to that injustice, I don't think he'll be by himself." ~ Malcolm X
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