Liberals, statists, and socialists all have this in common: they love to spend other people’s money. This is why British Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher, once said: “The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people’s money.” Try this experiment: engage a liberal in a conversation about taxes. Ask the liberal how much taxation is enough. In all likelihood he or she will not be able to give you a coherent answer. This is because for liberals no amount of taxation is ever enough.
Unlike liberals, conservatives can easily answer the question of how much taxation is enough. The proper level of taxation is the minimum level needed to support the government established by the Constitution. It will come as no surprise to conservatives that the level of taxation needed to support a federal government that comports with the Constitution would be substantially lower than the one Americans are currently burdened with. As conservatives dedicated to saving America from the left, we must be willing and prepared to make the case for simultaneously cutting spending and taxes.
As a consequence of the tax-and-spend mentality of liberals, the federal government has become a bottomless pit that a dwindling number of Americans—those who actually pay taxes—are expected to fill. But what conservatives know and liberals refuse to admit is that the bottomless pit that is the federal government cannot be filled, no matter how high the tax rates are set. This being the case, what should a conservative say to a liberal who does not understand how lowering taxes will benefit all Americans? In our new book, Rules for Conservative “Radicals,” (www.patriotdepot.com) my co-author—Archie Jones—and I provide hard facts conservatives can use to make the case for lower taxation. A few of these facts are summarized in this article.
Current tax laws encourage people to avoid the taxable economy. For example, in May 2012, Facebook co-founder, Eduardo Saverin, decided to give up his U.S. citizenship and move to Singapore to avoid paying America’s ridiculously high capital gains taxes on the almost $4 billion he was scheduled to receive from Facebook’s IPO. Saverin is just one of many. One of the dirty little secrets of the Obama administration is that the number of people who renounce their citizenship to escape America’s high capital gains tax is now more than seven times what it was before President Obama took office. Many more Americans evade taxes by becoming part of the underground economy or simply working less.
High taxes bleed off precious dollars American businesses could otherwise invest in technology, innovation, and expansion, the keys to global competitiveness and job creation. To be competitive on the global stage—which is how American businesses preserve and create jobs—businesses need to invest in continually improving their products, processes, and people. Unfortunately, the money American businesses need to invest in being competitive winds up in Washington, D.C. where it is frittered away on liberal social programs that do nothing to make America stronger and everything to transform the people they claim to help into entitled, lifelong dependents of the state.
High taxes take the incentive out of working. Why work when you have to turn most of your income over to the government to support others who refuse to work? Studies have shown that as tax rates increase, the number of hours worked decreases. For example, highly taxed Europeans work 50 percent less than their American counterparts. This fact helps explain why Europe lags behind Japan, Korea, and the United States in productivity. Lowering taxes, on the other hand, creates jobs because businesses spend the extra dollars gained to contract for services, invest in new technologies, encourage innovation, and hire specialists. These things, in turn, create jobs and increase the number of people who pay taxes, a concept liberals cannot grasp. Another concept that escapes tax-and-spend liberals is this: the more people who pay taxes, the less each individual taxpayer must pay (provided, of course, that spending is properly controlled). For a more in-depth treatment of how to cut spending and reduce taxes as well as other “radical” concepts, consult our new book, Rules for Conservative Radicals available at www.patriotdepot.com.