Taxes and Your Ability to Pay
Government needs taxes to function. Whether you believe in a big government or small government, functions of each of these types of government require our money to fund. The question is how should the citizens of this country fund these programs.
Our founding fathers believed in a consumption type of tax collection. They believed with a consumption tax, the citizen has the ability to decide if they wish to pay the tax or not. This theory follows along with the main principles of our country….freedom and small government. As a citizen, if you do not wish to pay the tax, you have the freedom to not pay the tax; as stated by Alexander Hamilton states in the Federalist Paper #21 “The amount to be contributed by each citizen will in a degree be at his own option, and can be regulated by an attention to his resources.”
Somewhere around the late 1800’s President Theodore Roosevelt decide that our citizens should not have the freedom to choose if we pay a tax or not, and decide to move towards an income tax. This move signaled a loss of liberty and freedom for the citizens and the growth of our government. Roosevelt also decided wealthy people have more of an ability to pay taxes and should be forced to pay higher rates than other earners.
From this point on, we as a nation have been in a war of classes and taxes. The income tax rate has moved from just 1% to 80% on the top earners because a politician decided they had more of an ability to pay. The war has been waged by giving the so called “money from the rich” to the poor.
The only reason for politicians to decide who has what ability to pay taxes is to garner their votes and fund their special interests.
Here is a great article further explaining this view point: