Saturday, October 03, 2009

#DAD09 - Ed Morrissey

Ed Morrissey -

* our nation is based upon property rights...because of an oppressive tax system.

* tax code today undermines our prosperity and individual liberty.

* we don't need a health care overhaul, we need a tax code overhaul.

* last year, Americans spent $250 billion on tax preparation ... 60% need professional help with their returns.

* why is it so burdensome? examples from Newsweek: Alaska gets deductions for boats, non-citizens don't have to report gambling income, Humanity and Pets Partnered through the Years Act - with tax incentives for pet adoption.... (introduced by Republicans!!!!)

* philosophical issue with deductions - rewards special interests...conducts social engineering, push us into behaviors politicians like and removes our freedom to act as we wonder Congress likes them.

* the more deductions that get added, the more people think it benefits them...they're just ways to buy taxpayers to the side of the politicians.

* while pols say they need to overhaul the tax code, they never really do, because they like the power and influence ...

* existing gives Congress far too much power for a legislature in a free society.

* we need tax reform - when people talk about a 'more fair' tax code we need to tell them we don't need more incentives that limit our freedom.

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