Our representatives, trying to touch up an ogre to look like a prince by changing the existing minefield of tax regulations with a sales tax. Regardless of how much they change it, all they will do is change the human eating ogre into a human eating tiger, but it will be accepted because tigers are so much cuter, aren’t they?

The debate should be about how to reduce the size of government and the extent of domestic and international welfare that tax payers are forced to support. This was alluded to, if one can call it that:

  • The suggestion that the legions of IRS and tax preparer employees tied up in non-productive activity would be forced to seek productive employment elsewhere (the word parasitic was even used!);
  • The naive conclusion that a generation growing up face-to-face with the costs of government with every transaction they make will become individually minded adults who will reduce the size of government.

It’s strange. Some of our representatives have actually been productive before their term/s in DC, yet they don’t have the sense to understand that hardship and unhappiness do not lead to rational thought. It is only ideas, encompassed in a rational philosophy, that will lead to a general move to restrict government to it’s proper roles. That the debate is about whose head the IRS gun will be pointed at instead of how to remove the gun indicates clearly that rationality is not a characteristic of our representatives nor the voters who sent them there. That they put forward a sales tax as a fair tax because one will voluntarily pay it when buying goods and services is nonsensical! How can telling people that they can’t buy something without paying a tax be considered any more fair than taking it out of profits and salaries? The mind continues to boggle.