Doesn’t the estate tax waste nearly as much money as it contributes to our government because people go out of their way by spending money to find ways to not be hit so hard by it?[/quote]
Uh, if what you say is true, and people spend money to avoid the estate tax, how is that a waste? When people spend money it’s good for the economy.
Okay, so everyone should home school their kid, is that really your point? Is that even remotely realistic? (hint: no, not even remotely realistic). If you mean people should pay for their own kids’ educations, well they already do, with their taxes. Wait, what about me, I pay taxes to keep schools open, and I don’t have any kids. Isn’t that unfair? No, because I greatly benefit by having an educated populace, rather than living in a country full of uneducated imbeciles.
By the same token, some of my taxes go to pay for roads and bridges, and I don’t have a car. Isn’t that unfair to me? No, because I greatly benefit in many ways, by living in a country with a modern transportation system.
I could go on and on with examples, but maybe you catch my drift.
See, on the one hand, there’s the idea that everyone should pitche in together, to cooperate for achieving the greatest good. (You might try relating that concept to your Christian beliefs, which you write about so often.)
On the other end of the spectrum, there is “Why should I pay taxes for something I don’t directly benefit from?” That seems to be the “compassionate conservative” stance. Well, I’ll tell you why. It’s because when we do things collectively, we can get a lot more done, more efficiently and with less expense.
A good example is the Prescription Drug bill that the GOP just enacted. This bill prevents the federal government from using it’s collective purchasing power (on our behalf, after all that is our tax money) in order to get cheaper prices on drugs.
Now using the right winger’s anti-federal government logic, that makes sense I guess… they would say that the government shouldn’t be in the business of buying pharmaceuticals, or negotiating with drug companies, or setting the price of drugs in the marketplace.
And in practical terms, it means that lots of people are paying way too much money for prescription drugs, that they could have gotten cheaper, if there had only been better legislation. In other words, the bill actually makes things worse for more people than it helps, but I guess you would call that success because the bill intentionally neuters the one of the federal government’s powers.
Some people think that neutering the federal government is a more important goal than helping the maximum amount of Americans afford their prescription drugs.
This is where we differ, I guess. Liberals think the American government is ideally supposed to be “By The People, For The People”. The reality often falls short of the ideal, and that sucks, but that was the promise that was made.
And we on the Left aspire to have a government that harnesses our collective power, for the greater good. That’s the ideal we fight for. We’re not going to stop trying for a government By The People, For The People.
On the other hand, right wingers apparently can’t think of anything good the federal government does, other than the military. Frankly, I think that viewpoint is childish, selfish, brutal and idiotic. Sorry but that’s what I think.
Think about all the nationwide roads and bridges, dams, the electrical grid, nationwide communications systems, the railways, the public school system, all the federally funded scientific and medical breakthroughs…
This country would still be SO ass-backward right now, if we hadn’t had the benefit of a vigorous federal government in place.