Caslon7000 saidThe "pain" of taxes is what keeps the government in line. Taxpayers feel the pain of taxes; they dont feel the pain of borrowing. If Republicans truly wanted to keep taxes low and gov't small, they would insist on taxes. ...But then they would have to pay them too....so it's "to hell with America, borrow the money."
Wasn't there a book you mentioned about this topic?
If there is, I dont know it. I am just making this up from the thinking I started over on the thread of what's next to blow up in our faces that we should be looking at now as "too good to be true" ....and I am thinking it's the debt. ..
Kind of working backwards:
the debt > we're not paying taxes for what we are spending > Republicans are always telling us we dont need to raise taxes > so they borrow (borrowing is the politically easy way for politicians...responsible taxation is the hard way) > borrowing causes no immediate pain to the taxpayer > no pain, no restrain > spending continues > and we are back to the debt
This has made me realize the "good" in taxation. It brings the spending home to the taxpayer. The "pain" of taxes makes taxpayers take serious notice of the spending and make the hard decisions if they really want what is being spent on. The "pain" of taxes makes the taxpayer pay attention to what gov't is really doing.
But this requires reliance on the virtue in the taxpayer. The taxpayer has to be willing to be responsible. It is easy for politicians ....ah, yes here is where the Debt-n-Spend Republicans come in... to tempt taxpayers away from their responsibility by telling them that they dont have to pay....that it is all the fault of "Washington" ...(like who the hell is "Washington"? ...Washington is us...the dumbasses!)
So the Debt-n-Spend Republicans push their debt "drug" on to the taxpayer. And the taxpayer quickly gets hooked. The taxpayers dont see why they should ever be taxed anymore. Which is where we are now with Republican "pushers" and debt "junkie" taxpayers. This totally distorts the political life of a country, just like real drugs distort a person's life. We no longer live in reality.