Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner, speaking this morning on CNBC:
"That’s the kind of balance you need," said Geithner. "Why is that
the case? Because if you don't try to generate more revenues through
tax reform, if you don't ask, you know, the most fortunate Americans to
bear a slightly larger burden of the privilege of being an American,
then you have to -- the only way to achieve fiscal sustainability is
through unacceptably deep cuts in benefits for middle class, seniors, or
unacceptably deep cuts in national security."
This guy is in charge of our money and the tax machine. Slightly larger burden? WTF, we already pay 70%, so how much more do you want? How about everyone pays and see what happens then. I am so sick of the class warfare and the BS being shoveled by Washington. If I don't pay even more of my hard earned money then I am a monster and responsible for putting the screws to the middle class, senior, or national security. How about all the waste and BS that Washington is directly responsible for and how their mismanagement over the years has resulted in this mess. I don't see a damn word about that any where in there.
The rich should not be expected to pay a dime more than anyone else for the privileged of being an American because in case this jackass doesn't know it is the land of the free and where everyone is created EQUAL. Charity at the end of a gun is slavery and it has to come to an end. The party is over, all the money is gone. You need to start cutting all non-essential services until you balance the budget and have enough to pay off your debt. This is not rocket science and I am not responsible for the mess and I sure and the hell should not have to pay for even more incompetents to muck it up more.
I want an independent panel to take the federal budget in one hand and the Constitution in the other and assign a level of federal essentially to to every thing in there. I don't want the dicision based on votes or what is popular or what is "right" or what makes us feel good about ourselves by rather what is required of our federal government. Once each item has a Constitutional rating then a straight tax is levied to pay for the essential functions. If the people want any thing else then they can vote for a special everyone pays tax to pay for it. If you want a huge military then put it to a vote, you want social security then put it to a vote, you want the department of education or energy put it to a vote, but everyone pays for everything.
So if the essential Constitutional services of the federal government equal $600 billion then every one in America pays their equal share of that cost. Then vote on the other service and show the additional burden as part of the vote. Social Security triples your tax bill or the department of education add another $1000, then maybe we can turn this ship of state around before it sinks in debt. The progressive tax system is a scam and needs to die. A straight tax with a popular vote for additional services seems like a wonderful way to show exactly what we are getting for our money and shows what the people are willing to pay for.
Is this an impossible dream, hell yes but it makes me happy. Of course it would never work because people would vote for their pet honey pot, but then again if you are paying it does change things. We now have 50% of Americans not paying, but taking from the government. I wonder how things would change when everyone pays. I am not talking about a crazy amount because the Constitutional requirements of the feds are fairly small and with every one over 18 paying the individual share would be small. It is all the bells and whistles that have added so much to the spending and all that is funded by a small handful and the Chinese.
If you could tell, this one really fired me up. The fact that a government official could get in front of the cameras and blame the actual tax payers for not paying enough to allow the government to buy off more voters is insane and that guy should be run out of office. The sad part is that there are few people in Washington that think he is wrong and they are happy he said what they believe. Any productive person that is making money should give it all to the government, so they can allow others to enjoy being Americans. This is wrong and not what this country is about. We are all equal under that law and hard work is rewarded not punished.