Income tax's 100th birthday not worth celebrating

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  • red state pride Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Feb. 17, 2013 7:22 p.m.

    Supply side economics in a nutshell -" what you tax you get less of, what you subsidize you get more of". It makes complete logical sense. If you tax productivity (income) you get less of it. If you tax savings and investment you get less savings and investment. If you subsidize inactivity you get more inactivity. Yes, human beings do act rationally and in their best interests which the American left will never comprehend. I know that life's only certainties are death and taxes. But as long as we live in an allegedly free country where all men are created equal then shouldn't everyone pay the same income tax rate with no special interest deductions? If not then why not?

  • Mountanman Hayden, ID
    Feb. 16, 2013 6:51 a.m.

    @ Maverick. According to the Heritage Foundation, defense spending has declined while entitlement spending has more than tripled in the last 4 years! So it would seem that those who bellow about too much taxes going to the military are blowing smoke while saying nothing about the explosion of entitlement spending. All this seem ironic to you considering that 47% of Americans pay NO federal income taxes at all and have no "skin in the game" except getting free stuff from those who actually pay taxes?

  • JoeBlow Far East USA, SC
    Feb. 16, 2013 5:27 a.m.

    Its not all or nothing.

    We do need to reign in govt. We need to undo or scale back many programs that were cooked up by our Republican and Democratic elected officials.

    We need to SLOWLY start reducing entitlement spending. And then SLOWLY raise tax rates to cover what we are spending and a little extra to cover our past excesses.

    We need to Slowly start scaling back defense spending.

    And understand that all that spending is a stimulus.

    Want to lower taxes? Great. Cut the spending FIRST then cut the taxes that support it.

    Want or need to go to a war of choice? Fine, but tell the people that there taxes will go up or some program will be cut to fund it.

    Slowly is the key. Slow and steady as to not shock the system.

    This plan will never fly. It attacks the "sacred cows" on both sides.

  • Obama10 SYRACUSE, UT
    Feb. 15, 2013 10:03 a.m.

    The government will never get rid of the income tax because our economy depends too much on government spending. Even here in "Conservative Utah", our state relies on the Federal Govt for 28% of its revenues for the state budget. As another example, in Davis county Hill Air Force base is a major employer for the county and state. Imagine the economic ruin it would cause if the base closed. Many of my friends would be unemployed. Even if it was the "right" thing to close the base, the economics of it would have everyone clamoring to keep it open. We always want to cut Federal Government spending, until it is our program that is going to be cut.

  • The Real Maverick Orem, UT
    Feb. 15, 2013 6:28 a.m.

    Wah wah. More cheese with your whine?

    Don't like the income tax? Then get rid of our bloated and outrageous defense spending. Let the world police itself.