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With liberty and taxes for all
USA Today

Best way to limit growth of government is to make sure everyone has « skin in the game. »

The point isn’t whether people are « freeloaders » who don’t pay any taxes. It’s whether people have « skin in the game. » If you take me to an expensive restaurant for dinner but let me put money in the parking meter out front, that doesn’t provide me any incentive not to order the lobster. Splitting the check, on the other hand, will cause me to think twice. It’s like health insurance, where experience shows that even a small co-pay makes a difference in what people spend.

I’d like to see a system where everyone pays some minimum amount of tax — enough to notice, say 2%-5% of gross income. And that amount should go up noticeably when the federal government spends more, and go down noticeably when it spends less.

In a given year, that might only affect some individuals by a few hundred dollars, but as anyone who has followed local-government property tax fights knows, people can get pretty exercised over a few hundred dollars when they know it’s coming out of their pocket and not someone else’s.

We’re going to have to get federal spending and borrowing under control. Making over spending painful to the electorate is a good way to start. And a lot of Americans seem to get that. Politicians, take note.

La plus grande qualité de la taxe santé, abolie par les improvisateurs péquistes, était son universalité: jeunes, vieux, riches, pauvres, tout le monde payait, tout le monde réalisait que la santé ce n’était pas gratuit.

Et être forcé des impôts, peu importe son statut social, c’est un puissant incitatif à exiger un gouvernement efficace, petit et productif. Mais quand on part avec presque la moitié de la population qui ne paye pas d’impôt, on part avec presque la moitié de la population qui se fiche pas mal de l’efficacité, la taille et de la productivité du gouvernement…