Let’s finish up this journey through our tax code in the U.S. and its reform. I know many people out there think that taxes are just government shaking them down. But I don’t see it that way. I enjoy going to the store to get a gallon of milk and be assured that drinking it will not make me sick. I also enjoy driving down some reasonably good roads to get there. We all need to pitch in to make these types of things possible. Ok, let’s get on to fixing this tax mess we are currently in.
The one area where we should not have to pay extra is for when we get sick.You can call that a loophole if you want but I just call it common sense. We don’t need to add insult to injury (pun intended) and tax people for that! If only we would join the rest of the industrialized world and take care of healthcare for all citizens we wouldn’t have to be discussing that here. Let’s do that along with all the simplification. If I can dream I can dream big.
We all need a certain amount of money to survive so let’s put a floor under all these taxes. Let’s figure out how much it takes to put basic food on the table and a minimal roof under our heads and allow folks to not have to pay taxes on that amount. I know that number would be very different for rich folks and poor folks. But for argument’s sake lets put that number at $24,000. That’s about one and a half times the minimum wage. So, to keep this number in line lets link it to the minimum wage for going forward. That should finally make some Republicans vote for minimum wage increases in the future.
One area I have not covered yet is the so-called “Death Tax” as Republicans call it. They seem to think that if your daddy made a lot of money it should be your right to get it all given to you without any “government intrusion”. Well to me this goes back to my idea that income is income no matter what its source. So if daddy want to give you a spare $1 million or so that is fine either before or after he dies. But it is money coming into you so it is “income”. You pay your fair share for this the same as any other income. We all come into this world alone and we will leave this world alone. So it seems fair to see our lives as one of personal responsibility. Daddy was daddy and he is separate from you. If he gives you money it is income to you. Simple as that.
I know I promised a “simple” solution and this one is getting kind of complicated so I better stop here. So, we end up with a small tax on everything we buy; a tax on all our income; and a minimum amount where all this kicks in. What could be simpler than that? Now all I have to do is to try to figure out how to get some really courageous people to volunteer a few years in Washington to make it happen. We could promise them that we would not ask them to stay in the hell hole any longer than it takes to get the job done. Are there any brave souls out there??
But what do I know…