Monday, July 05, 2010

Conservatives should advocate tax increases!

Not only that, they should advocate that those tax increases be as broad, visible, and burdensome as possible.

Benefits received from governments are readily apparent and appreciated. If taxes are hidden, or postponed by borrowing, people will vote for more government benefits because they seem cheap. Low, hidden, taxes are a side road to the expansion of government.

By making taxes broad, visible, and burdensome, people will see the true cost of government, and choose to have less of it. Can you imagine how much the simple change of making the "employer half" of Social Security visible on people's paychecks would have?

Don't run a deficit. Let people see what their government really costs.

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