"No taxation without representation" was the slogan I learned way back in.... what was it... the second grade? It had to be way back because I don't think they teach that anymore... but I wouldn't know.
Since everything else has been turned on its head in the last two score years why not that old slogan as well. I think today we should shout "NO REPRESENTATION WITHOUT TAXATION". I say this because representation without taxation is one of the problems with our current system of taxation. Many are being represented without being taxed. The end result of being represented without being taxed is the same as being taxed without being represented for those who do pay taxes. My reasoning is that if people who are not being taxed are being represented, it only follows that the representation of those who are being taxed is necessarily diluted. Let me explain.
Bob earns a wage that puts him into a bracket where he actually has to pay taxes. He is represented by Bernard. John on the other hand does not earn enough money to have to pay taxes . He is represented by Jim . Now, since John does not pay taxes he's all about tax hikes so that Bob's funds can be redistributed to the more deserved, such as say..... himself; this of course after Bernard and Jim take their share. Bob on the other hand doesn't like that idea at all. So Rep. Bernard and Rep. Jim have it out on the floor of the House. There's one problem though. By design there are a lot more Jims than Bernards. So who's actually getting represented; the taxed one-Bob ,or the untaxed one-John?
So what's the solution? The answer: no representation without taxation; or we could just do a fair tax . But we all kinda know how that's gonna go , as well as any other fix. because those in the middle are out numbered by those who either don't pay, or who are rich enough that it really doesn't matter... and oh yea, or those like Obama's cabinet members who just shirk paying.
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