The Robin Hood Tax
Steal from the Rich and give to the Poor did work many years ago when Robin Hood tried it. Nobility owned everything even the poor. There was no opportunity for the poor to get an education or find a job to earn a living.
There were limited laws, and the nobility didn’t have to follow what laws did exist. They owned everything and did not want to share with the poor.
Today we have laws and we have opportunity to earn a living and live a decent life. We all have an equal opportunity to get an education and make a living. Some families have more money and can pay for nicer schools and more education, but they earned the money through hard work. Sometimes the hard work occurred generations ago, and has been passed down from one generation to another, but they money was earned.
Some families, such as new immigrants don’t have that much money, but the opportunity to get an education is still possible. Millions of second generation people enjoyed a good education because the first generation worked hard and made education for their children a priority. They may not have had the opportunity to attend the top tier schools, but they had the opportunity, and successive generations have the opportunity to do even better.
Currently many feel that the wealthy should be taxed more than ever to make sure that we don’t lose the ability to fund public education, school lunches, vaccinations, healthcare and other pubic services. I am not even going to discuss the fact that taxing the wealthy at one hundred percent of their income, will not make up the shortfall, I just want to ask when did all of these services become the responsibility of government.
When parents bring a child into the world is it up to the government to feed clothe and support the child? Why does the government have to pay for health care and vaccinations? When did we lose personal responsibility? The decision to have a child should be the result of a careful discussion between two adults and a plan for how the child will be raised and cared for. The child should not be the result of irresponsible parents who chose to have sex and couldn’t be bothered with the consequences. How does their irresponsibility become the burden of the wealthy?
Why should my tax money pay for school lunches? I ate a bunch of jelly sandwiches for lunch and my parents made sure I had it. Parent feed their children, not governments.
Healthcare has always been the responsibility of the individual. When you get sick, you take care of yourself and when your child gets sick you take care of your child. When did it become necessary to go find a wealthy person to get them to make your child well? My example cuts out a few steps but it’s the same thing. Bring your child to an emergency room, receive medical attention, don’t pay for it and the government will, and the government will tax the rich to keep the government solvent.
Health care does need some reforms, but it doesn’t need to be expensive. One of the largest categories of medical expenses is malpractice insurance. Doctors must charge so much to buy insurance to cover themselves from potential lawsuits. The only people making money from this are lawyers. Tort reform would make a significant positive impact on medical expenses, but no one wants to touch it. The trial lawyers spend to much money funding politicians. Tort reform must be a significant part of Health Care reform.
Public education is something that government should take care of. Of all the problems in public education money isn’t one of them. We can make a 30% cut in spending on public education and still have enough money to have the best education in the world. We have only increased the amount of money we spend on education since the 1950s and the results have declined. Therefore money is not the answer. How we spend the money is where the problem is. There is far too much waste and not enough accountability to allow the spending to be effective. We must have a great deal of reform in our education practices and identify who is accountable for the results before we worry about spending more money on education. As it is, public education is just a money pit and the best way to deal with it is cut spending and demand results.
Spending is the problem. Spending more than we have is the problem. Our generosity or spendthrift ways have gone on too long. Taking more from those who earn it isn’t the answer to irresponsibility. The spending that must happen must be done for the right reasons. We have to spend what must be spent, but we must NOT spend one dime more than we have to. It’s not there to spend; we already wasted far too much for the wrong reasons.
The amount of money received in our tax revenues is staggering. The amount of money spent by our irresponsible politicians would be criminal if they didn’t make the laws. Politicians spend the tax payers money with no regard to frugality or necessity. They spend money to curry favor from different constituencies. They are not accountable, and they should be.
Robin Hood is dead; the practice of stealing from the rich to give to the poor should be dead as well. Success is not a dirty word. Money earned should stay with the person who earned it. The tax system should never be set up so anyone can make a profit from the tax system. Everyone should pay their fair share, if a minimum level is determined that a tax payer should not pay, then they should not pay, but they certainly should not get a check back after not paying any taxes.
Stop spending and stop trying to make the rich guy sound like the villain of the story. The villain is the elected politician who fails to cut spending. The villain is the elected politician who does not see the need to cut taxes.
November is coming, vote for the candidate who campaigns to cut taxes and cut spending.