There has been much talk in recent years about changing the tax code, simplifying it, making a flat tax, a FAIR tax, a VAT tax, a national sales tax, or some new form of tax code that would benefit the nation as a whole.
Realists want to change the tax code. Yet we realists know that the idealists running Washington will never go for changing the tax code. They will run for elections saying they want to make changes, yet once they get elected nothing will get changed.
Well, progressives will change things, and conservatives will change them back. That's about the only change we see anymore in Washington. That is, unless the changes progressives make are so damaging that they can't be unchanged, kind of like Social Security and Welfare.
Don't get me wrong, social security and welfare programs are good for many people. Yet if Social Security worked the way FDR originally drew it up, it wouldn't be about to go bankrupt, and those receiving checks would make a lot more.
Of course we know passing that bill was like passing healthcare reform, where it was approved with the "promise" of making it better, or with the promise to make it so that healthcare wouldn't pay for abortions. Yet those changes are rarely if ever made. All that matters to progressives is that they get their bills passed. It's baby steps baby.
So allow me to define taxes. It's not an easy word to define. If you look in the dictionary you'll get one definition, and that's basically the definition conservatives and traditional Americans use. Yet when you think outside the box as you and I do, taxes are defined by who you are and what you believe.
For conservatives and capitalists, taxes are about the economy; it's about making money. That's why conservatives and capitalists always talk about lowering taxes in order to stimulate the economy, considering every time certain taxes are cut the Federal government draws in more income.
That's why conservatives get vexed when liberals choose to raise taxes. Conservatives want a tax code that will allow governments to raise money so they don't go into debt.
To liberals (both republican and democrat) taxes are about power. That's why they aren't concerned when taxes go up and the economy tanks.
To liberals taxes are about the power to create whatever kind of society you want. To give tax credits, tax breaks, or deductions for people who do this or buy that so you can get them to buy the things you want them to buy, such as homes.
Liberals will never vote to get rid of that kind of power. It's the basis of progressivism. Taxes allow liberals the ability to grow their progressive agenda. They use it to get people to stop smoking or start smoking cigarettes, to stop drinking or to drink more alcohol. You can alter the tax code to get people to make more charitable contributions or less.
More important, politicians can use the tax code to buy votes. They can give tax breaks to certain individuals for doing certain things, and they can give tax breaks to certain businesses. In this way, politicians can buy votes and pay back anyone who gives campaign contributions.
Politicians have even use the tax code as an excuse to add more unwanted laws and take away more freedom, such as the healthcare reform bill. Here they refer to the healthcare reform bill as a tax, and that's how they justify the constitutionality of forcing people to buy healthcare even though the healthcare bill is really unconstitutional.
As long as there are progressives running Washington, a better, more fair, less skewered, less progressive tax code will never be written.