Snoopy's letter is a lot nicer than mine would have been.
At last, I have finished my taxes and am well-equipped with plenty of curse-words and other foul ways of describing our government to last me for another year. While I waded through the Gestapo...er, IRS documents last night, I realized something. A graduated income tax is perhaps the most Marxist thing ever devised this side of Fidel Castro, except of course for Hillary Clinton. Nothing screams socialism like saying "tax the rich more and the poor less". Nothing, that is, except for Hillary Clinton. How such a system has survived in a capitalistic free enterprise economy and vice versa is well beyond me.
But I am not one to gripe and complain without giving my own idea about how to make things better. So here goes:
Eliminate the graduated income tax, and the IRS along with it. Transition to either a Flat Tax or a National Sales Tax. Then, lower the tax burden by CUTTING THE BUDGET. I emphasize the last three words because our political leaders have probably never even heard of such a concept. It would do them some good to know that we wouldn't have to tax people so much if they didn't spend so much friggin' money. "But what gets cut...who loses their money." I can hear the whining already. People in Washington are good at whining, they have special interest groups devoted to whining. So I say it's simple...EVERYTHING gets cut. An across the board budget cut of 20, 30 or 40 percent would keep everyone from whining about others not getting cut. You gotta treat these Washington people like the children they behave as. EVERYONE GETS ONE COOKIE, NO MORE!
If you received federal dollars last year, then next year you'll receive 20%, 30% or 40% less. Simple as that. That way, poor shmucks like me can keep more of the money that I bust my can to make.
Flat Tax or Sales Tax. I don't care. Pick one. Flip a coin...that is, if the IRS hasn't seized it from you. They're both fair and capitalistic. Everyone pays their fair share. Equal percentage or pay as you spend. It doesn't matter to me, as long as we get a tax system that's more American, more democratic, more capitalistic. Quit punishing success with more taxes. Quit trying to impose financial equality on society through taxes. We are not equal financially. This is America, not Cuba. That's one of the things that makes America great, so leave it alone. Part of the American dream is to one day have more money than your neighbors. It's right there next to baseball and apple pie. So Flat Tax or Sales Tax? Pick one and let's go with it, before the government becomes the primary shareholder of my life.