More “Fair Share” Nonsense

According to a Yahoo News/ABC News article:

“The president’s secretary pays a slightly higher rate this year than the president on her substantially lower income, which is exactly why we need to reform our tax code and ask the wealthiest to pay their fair share,” Amy Brundage, a White House spokeswoman, told Yahoo News by email.

Sigh. There is no question of whether or not perhaps the secretary’s taxes are too high. Which to me would be the obvious question. Why does the secretary have to pay a higher tax rate? No, the White House says we need to “ask the wealthiest to pay their fair share.”

Fair according to whom? Why is what the POTUS paid in taxes deemed unfair but what the secretary paid deemed fair? If what you want is fair, then have a simple flat tax of no more than 10%. No loopholes, no constant fiddling with the tax code, no tax credits, none of that. Anything over a base income of, say, $20,000 per year, is taxed at 10%. Period. That would be fair. Because fair is to treat people the same. Punishing people for having more money is not fair. 

And don’t give me that “but the wealthy ought to pay more” silliness. What is 10% of 20,000? Answer: 2000. What is 10% of 200,000? Answer: 20,000. What is 10% of 2,000,000? Answer: 200,000. And 200,000 is more than 2000. In fact is it 100 times more. So if the person making $20,000 is taxed at 10%, and the person making $2,000,000 is taxed at 10%, then the person making $2,000,000 is already paying more. Ta-da! The wealthy pay more, and the tax code remains actually fair. Problem solved.

So if the goal is fairness then why is the Obama administration not pushing for something like that? Because fairness has nothing to do with what the Obama administration wants. What the Obama administration wants is more control. The purpose of the current tax code is to provide government with control. And the Obama administration wants more of that.

No, it is not a vast conspiracy. It is simply what government does. Right-wing or left-wing, all politicians do it. Tax breaks for this. Tax credits for that. Reward for this. Punishment for that. All about control. Listen to the politicians talk. They want to buy votes. They want to control society. One way to accomplish this is via the tax code. Tax breaks and tax credits, reward this, punish that, all so they can control things. And they want to control things all for your own good. And it almost never actually is any good.

And we refuse to learn from this. We keep electing the “electable” candidate for “practical” reasons. Why rampant corruption of the republican (small ‘r’) process and ever more control in the hands of a minority which should rightfully be called the political class is considered “practical” when it produces demonstrably disastrous results over and over and over again, I do not know.

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