There's alot of talk lately about taxes and government spending, so I decided it was a good time to write a thread I've been wanting to write for
quite some time. As many of you know I am not at all a Trump fan, but I'm also not a fan of high tax rates, exorbitant government spending, or
excessive socialist policies. The reason for such beliefs is that all of those things are signs that the nation is morphing into a nanny state which
undermines individual liberty.
Over the last few years socialist ideals have become very popular amongst the younger generations. They look around and see a huge gap between the
rich and the poor, so it's not surprising they would seek out philosophies which seem to reduce inequality and appeal to their humanity. I should make
it clear I don't necessarily disagree with any type of socialist policy, there are many public services which are paid for using tax payer money and
they are socialist systems.
I also believe that socialized health care can work well because I live in a nation where it actually works very well and people don't have to worry
about losing their life savings if they get sick or hurt. The problem, I believe, arises when society at large decides that socialist policies work so
well we should totally abandon free market philosophies and give the government a huge amount of power over the way we live our lives, power over
business, finance, etc.
That is indeed the way many nations are headed. These ideals are promoted using arguments which appeal to our empathy and humanity in order to make
people think extreme socialist policies are the most righteous and ethical policies, despite the fact that they don't encourage innovation and they
cause taxes to grow ever higher, producing stagnant economies at the end of the day. The road to hell is truly paved with good intentions, and this is
a perfect example of that.
Once the government gets a taste of the power that socialist policies bring, they never stop wanting more, and that is the key point I want to make in
this thread. In todays age, the governments of many nations are up to their eyeballs in debt because they just love spending money so much, and the
only way they can pay off much of that debt is to take more and more money from individuals and businesses. They are always looking for new ways to
siphon money from every possible source.
There's no doubt in my mind, that in 50 years, when I'm an old man, I will still be listening to debates about debt and taxes when I turn on the news.
The pundits will still be arguing between themselves about what sort of new tax is required in order to keep the government afloat. In Australia we
already have the highest cigarette prices in the world because of taxes. The empathetic part of your brain may be thinking "that's great, lives will
be saved", but it's a very slippery slope.
The government is now seriously considering putting a tax on sugary drinks in order to reduce obesity. A similar tax has also been proposed by some
U.S. politicians and the UK recently introduced a tax on sugary drinks (not surprising). Once a tax on sugary drinks becomes a normal thing, then they
will move onto fatty foods. Before you know it, any type of food considered to be unhealthy in any way will be taxed, and it wont just be food, all
aspects of unhealthy living will be taxed.
Of course they wont tax those things to make society better, they just know that if they tax those types of things people will be much less likely to
challenge those taxes because they are implemented under the guise of morality. Who wouldn't want to decrease obesity right? If you're against that
then you must be some delusional fool and therefore nobody should listen to you. This is exactly the same type of logic used to justify ever
increasing cigarette taxes.
If the Australian government actually cared about the health of their population, why not just make cigarettes illegal? Of course they're not going to
do that, they absolutely love the tax money generated by smokers and that far outweighs any moral contradictions. The U.S. was founded by people who
had a great deal of respect for personal liberty and so these sorts of things are much less likely to occur in the U.S. because those ideals are still
very prevalent today.
edit on 15/4/2016 by ChaoticOrder because: (no reason given)