The Tax Pledge

A government entity does not necessarily create jobs. In simple terms, it redistributes private wealth it acquires through taxation into public goods. Jobs are actually created by productive individuals who utilize a set of skills that are worthy of compensation.

I use the term “worthy” for many reasons – the main reason being the requirement of value to be transferred between two productive individuals to create a job. A government entity will claim to create value by redistributing private wealth through taxation into various public goods. The true value of many public goods is, more often than not, embellished and rarely quantifiable.

I have followed Grover Norquist’s efforts to encourage elected officials to sign the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. The Pledge “asks all candidates for federal and state office to commit themselves in writing to the American people to oppose all tax increases”.

I would sign this Pledge and so would many of my millennial counterparts. We know that a vigorous debate on the value of public goods will only occur under circumstances of resource (i.e., tax) constraint. Let’s find useful ways to build on the Taxpayer Protection Pledge in the digital landscape. It will help us shape the inevitable debate on job creation and the value of public goods.

Thanks for reading my ninth blog post.
The Republican Millennial


One Comment Add yours

  1. Constraint is certainly needed in light of the U.S. deficit. I would sign. But we must keep in mind that the representatives of the people are elected to represent the people, and some capitalists (i.e., Clippers Owner) don’t see the workers as free and equal people. Further, how do you respond to the political scientists “Inglehart and Flanagan” (as explained on Political Pipeline)?

    …in the lands where government did solve collective Action problems [e.g., Denmark],
    The people are tired of governmental meddling!
    But in the lands where government has not solved collective action problems [e.g., Greece],
    The people are yearning for governmental handling!

    Classic welfare state policies have not failed to date!
    It was these welfare state policies that made the most successful States!
    The point is that the welfare state solved the problems that class conflict once played.
    Thus the voting game thereafter changed to a post-materialist electoral exchange,
    In these most developed states.

    Like, without welfare the people are highly unequal and angry. But in welfare states, the middle class experiences quality education, healthcare, etc. The point is that there is a “point of diminishing returns” for taxes to be levied to secure the interests of the people (i.e., economic efficiency based on the welfare of the people).

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