One of the most frequently debated ideas in American politics is the reformation of the manner in which our federal government collects its revenue. Of course, at present this is done almost exclusively through a progressive income tax structure which essentially rewards only members of its highest or lowest brackets. This leaves those taxpayers who are in the middle of these two extremes, namely the vast majority, responsible for picking up the tab for others standing either far above or below them. Needless to say, the status quo is criminally unfair and leaves untold millions feeling as if they are being scammed by Uncle Sam because, quite frankly, they are.
Fortunately, a host of remedies have been proposed for this most dire problem as of late. Some have suggested the implementation of a nationwide sales tax as a replacement for the income tax, while others believe that high tariffs on imported goods would be apropos. I personally believe that, while both ideas seem to be attractive in theory, if actually put into practice, they would prove equally disastrous; the latter because it would essentially destroy free trade and the former as it might require a rate of almost thirty percent to function as an effective fundraiser for the Feds. This is why I have devised my own plan; a flat income tax of twenty percent with absolutely no possible write-offs or exemptions. The wealthy, poor, and middle class alike would pay the same rate. For the first time in close to a century, all Americans would be paying their, as many pundits and politicians like to say, fair share.
While many leftists might say that such a policy would be “morally reprehensible” or “outrageous” as it does not punish personal success, it is this attitude of entitlement which has brought the United States’ fiscal house to the deplorable order which it is currently in. The time has come for new, legitimate ideas to be discussed about alternative methods of taxation; our country can, simply put, no longer afford to sit on its collective hands about a matter as important as this. From my perspective, at least, a flat tax seems to be the most logical, plausible, and ethical course of action for bringing about sustainable economic relief for the most important segment of the American public; its silent majority.
Perhaps the greatest challenge a flat-rate federal income tax might face is that it just makes too much sense. Seeing as remotely sane ideas have been out of vogue in Washington for a while now, it probably would be best for all of us rationalists to not raise very much hope of something this workable ever coming to fruition. Oh, well. Back to serving as loyal wage slaves for our friends at the Internal Revenue Service.Powered by Sidelines