Thursday, December 22, 2005

Taxation Begets More Taxation

I apologize to Mr. Goldthwaite for using his name one time in my letter to the editor. I had to list his name alongside those who would also propose obsolete and archaic redistribution schemes. Anyhow, Mr. Goldthwaite did bring up some good points that I would like to expound upon.

First, I don’t believe it’s fair to call politicians criminals, jokingly or not. Even they should be presumed innocent until proven guilty by a jury of their peers. Nonetheless, what I do despise is a politician’s tendency to be philanthropic with other people’s money. Such a tendency is immoral, inefficient and destructive.

Second, I do believe that the temptation to steal is better regulated in a free market than in our political system. If the board of a group insurance plan (from a church, employer or any group of people) can’t account for the pooled money, we can vote them off the board the next day, sue them and/or take our money to another group insurance plan. All of which we can barely do with a government agency funded by our taxes.

In a free market, we need the ASG to enforce contracts and protect property for the very fact that there is a temptation to lie, steal and cheat. Contracts and property rights are pillars of a free market in which a limited government is obliged to enforce and protect.

Third, who’s more of a Mr. Scrooge here: Myself, for wanting to keep my own money, or redistribution proponents, for wanting to take my money through the force of taxation? Not only do I want to keep more of the money I make for myself, but I also want everyone to keep more of their own money. Merry Christmas!

Redistribution doesn’t solve our problems whether it’s on our property, fatty foods, or bottled water and sodas - just ask the Soviets or what’s left of them.

Mr. Goldthwaite wrote that “the basic principle of a property tax is to establish an equitable tax base that does away with all those annoying, ever-increasing nickel-and-dime taxes and other futile city council measures like upping license fees every year, etc., etc.” If this is true, then why does Hawaii, after having one of the highest property taxes in the nation, also have one of the highest sales tax (a 4% GET that doubles with every transaction), transient accommodation taxes, bottle taxes, liquor and tobacco taxes, conveyance taxes, personal and corporate income taxes and gasoline taxes, and has recently increased sewer and vehicle registration fees?

Taxation begets more taxation.

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