Published: Tuesday, March 25 2014 12:00 a.m. MDT
We've tried other more expensive programs that haven't worked and
probably made matters worse. Give it a try.
Complicated tax codes have proven to be shelters for wily lawyers and their
well-healed clients in the past, and so yes, it makes sense to simplify an
unnecessarily complicated tax code.The tax code should be revised in
a sensible way, consistent with the Common Good and the General Welfare.The trouble is, any simplification of the tax code proposed unilaterally
by a pack of Republicans is more likely to cheat the Middle Class, while it
simultaneously further enriches the already wealthyWhat we need is
simplification, not simple-mindedness. There is a difference between real public
servants and Republican employees of the Koch brothers who also happen to
occupy high positions in government.Given the fact that this
simplified code was originated by Republicans, I can say without looking at it
that it's most likely another attempt by plutocrats to rip off the rest of
America, via their ever-willing and malleable Republican employees in
I could not agree more.I wish I had more hope that it might
happen.Sadly, the biggest reason we've got this monstrously
overblown and complicated tax code is due to the influence of all the special
interests on politicians who see no problem in piling the tax code and burden
ever higher if they see any possibility of some political and/or, probably,
financial advantage and/or benefit of any kind to themselves.
No!Government will still get their share. They will find other ways
to steal from the ones responsible enough to gain a skill and work.
First we have to start from a basic agreement. It must NOT be revenue neutral
because anyone with one eye and half a brain knows the government spends too
much. Period. If we can't start from there, we will get nowhere.
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