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Re: “Boozman's aim on Social Security

It's interesting to me that it's always a wealthy against poor or middle class argument. And that is the way that many political leaders want it. The not-rich people will always comprise a greater portion of the vote. And what is the primary job of the politician? — Get elected, of course!

So now we have every sort of social and entitlement program that depends on taxpayer dollars to be funded. These programs were not instituted because they were the right thing to do, but because they have high vote-purchasing power. They couldn't be the right thing to do because every last one of them robs the freedom of the very people that they are supposed to help.

One commenter lauded FDR for all the wonderful things that he did. Ha! That's ignorance gone to seed. I believe that history will and should ultimately find him to be the absolute worst president.

On the tax issue, itself: I don't believe that any tax change should be revenue neutral. No a tax bill should reduce taxes for all to a fraction of what they are and be married to other bills that cut or eliminate many or maybe all programs that amount to the government redistributing wealth (purchasing votes, remember). We certainly don't need a 30% percent sales tax to support the things in government that are actually provided for in our constitution. On that point, I believe most people would be amazed at how much money is spend by the federal government doing things that have no other constitutional basis than "promote the general welfare." If all those things were stopped, then I believe that we could have a national sales tax that would not be any more upsetting that state sales taxes are. And, if we were really cleaning house, state sales sales and income taxes could likewise be dramatically reduced.

I say, let the wealthy keep their wealth and get more if they so desire — but let it be lawfully. It's just not right for me to say that the wealthy should give up their wealth because I don't have as much. At its root, that's envy gone amuck. But if their wealth is ill-gotten gain, then let them be prosecuted or at least sued and let them pay dearly for their dishonesty.

Posted by cwbird on 09/03/2010 at 5:16 PM


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