posted on Aug, 26 2008 @ 03:16 PM
I live in a state with no income taxes and can tell you it is a double edged sword. Sales taxes are higher and property taxes are outrageous, but as
it is up to the individual as to what they buy, it is totally a voluntary tax of sorts. If you don't want to pay tax in this state, simply don't
buy anything... problem solved.
The other problems identified could be solved relatively easily, though I doubt many here at ATS would appreciate the end result. If you eliminated
income taxes entirely it would mean that consumer taxes would have to be allocated back to their originally intended purpose, rather than being used
for pork & side interests.
For example, the smoking cessation & education programs the cigarette tax funds would need to be eliminated as that tax would be needed for schools &
roads. Wave bye-bye to all the ridiculous envirnomental side projects currently funded by gas taxes, as that money would have to be used solely on
maintaining & constructing our highways (which was its original purpose anyway.) Fines would go up for almost any violation of the law as that money
would help close gaps in law enforcement budgets. There'd be no room whatsoever for any social programs such as welfare or Medicare, as those
dollars are better used and more needed to close gaps in vital state processes. Technically speaking, Medicare, Social Security, and SSI taken from
your paycheck is an income tax of sorts, unless that money is only used by you and you alone and the left overs returned to your heirs after you die,
so that money can be taken out of the equation entirely (along with federal medical aid for anyone who hasn't paid into the system... or who has
overspent on the system past whatever they put into it.) In times of war we'd see a return of war bonds & also increases on taxes for consumables to
fund said war, which wouldn't be a bad thing as it would probably return us to the tried & true concept of claiming spoils from war to fund said war
All things considered, I'd have no problem with it. Unfortunately, as it would return virtually all of the responsibillity for caring for yourself &
your own back onto the shoulders of individual Americans, I doubt we'll ever see it come to pass. People are too content with letting societies
leeches suckle at the teat of the average American tax payer to wean them off of their welfare & national social reform budgets.