Monday, January 14, 2013

Responsible states experiment with tax codes

One of the main reasons I was opposed to Obamacare, as well as other federal programs, is that I think if the United States fails, then who is going to bail us out.  The founding fathers put together a plan of Federalism, which allowed states to experiment.  If the experiment went well, other states could adapt that plan.  If the state failed, the rest of the nation was there to bail that state out.

However, if the U.S. fails at an experiment, no one will be able to bail us out. The best example here is the U.S. educational system.  Since the fed took over for states in 1960, our educational system has failed our kids.  Last year Obamacare was passed.  Who will bail us out when that program fails?

Many of the red states, the states that voted for Romney in 2012, are now trying to get passed a new tax plan that would eliminate the progressive income taxes and corporate taxes and instigate a sales tax.  This way anyone traveling to that state would contribute to it, and not just people who live there and start businesses there.

I think this makes a lot of sense.  I think it's a good idea to allow the states to do this, and if it works, then, and only then, should a similar system be implemented at the federal level.  I think this is the type of plan that should have been done regarding healthcare.

Actually, healthcare was experimented with in Massachusettes, and it was failing.  And, so, we can only expect a similar fate for Obamacare.  But politicians too eager to pass something they "feel" is good and not "proven" to work passed it anyway.

I wish lawmakers in these red states luck.  This is how our political officials should work, as opposed to panicking and passing laws because they think "something has to be done."

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