He has not only been feted recently by White House advisors. He is all the rage at the Council on Foreign Relations, the International Monetary Fund, and the United Nations as well.
I can’t argue with Will on this. We should be ashamed of ourselves. We have allowed profligate spending. We borrow to pay our current bills. We elect people who year after year expand government and who pass laws which reduce our liberty and fundamentally our very humanity. It is we who have allowed this to happen.
In the words of 2 people I spoke to about this story – “How can this be legal?”
Good question. At least they’re stopping it.
Americans want a flat tax, overwhelmingly. It would be good for the general economy in a myriad of ways. (Assuming it was set at a low enough rate.) Just think for instance of how many millions of man hours lost to wading through our labyrinthine tax code could instead be put to productive use. A flat tax would just make life so much EASIER.
This graphic comes out every year and I still find it fascinating. (And depressing.)
You read that correctly.
Every agency has its turf which it guards jealously. Everyone wants a piece of the taxpayer pie. The funders of the federal bureaucracy (you and me) are busy going to work and taking the kids to soccer practice in between annual checks to the IRS. We rarely think of the inner workings of the government black hole (beyond the event horizon) into which we send our money each year. We just know that if we don’t send it to the black hole there will be trouble.
The show wants tax credits (money from state taxpayers) to keep filming in Maryland. Maryland is threatening to seize assets of the show if the show leaves. There are no good guys in this one. This is what happens when one does business in the “Free State.”