Talk to anyone and they say, “We need to cut spending!” If everyone agrees, why doesn’t it happen? I believe it is a struggle to cut the budget because our governmental system has compartmentalized our citizenry.
When our government started, it was simple. Tax revenue went towards things like roads, standing army, police, and a judicial system. All of these benefits were accessible to all citizens equally. Everyone could use the roads, was protected by the army and police, and got a fair day in court. Now, however, there are numerous entitlement programs and tax incentives for various groups.
Over time, our politicians have tried to protect/bribe different classes of people. If you earn a lower income, you don’t have to pay taxes and you get welfare. Elderly citizens get social security. If you own a business, you get to write off a ton of expenses. If you are married, you get an extra tax break. If your income is from capital investments rather than a paycheck, you pay less taxes. There are many little discrepancies in our confusing budget and tax system.
Have you ever noticed that the debates are seldom on whether we should cut or raise the budget or taxes? Rather, they debate on who should get the budgetary cut or who should get the raise in taxes. The reason it is tough to cut the budget is because you have to single out a certain group to reduce the budget. That group will then say that they are being “targeted” or that it is “unfair.”
If Republicans try to cut welfare, Democrats say they are being mean to the poor. If Republicans try to cut Social Security, Democrats say they are mean to the elderly. Because politicians are more concerned with getting re-elected, it is not worth it for them to single out a big class of people.
Further, this compartmentalizing has trained people to vote for the person that is going to get them the most stuff. Did you know that 40% of adults last year did not pay income tax? Why would those citizens vote for a candidate that is going to make them pay taxes?
I do not believe politicians should have the moral authority to determine which class of people deserve extra benefits and which ones do not. I do not believe that our government system was based on treating everyone different, but rather treating everyone fairly and equally under the law. I do not believe these things because I want to protect the “rich,” but because I want to protect everyone from an unfair system that will ultimately hurt the entire citizenry of the United States.
In the next session of Congress, don’t listen to the lies and politics. Be understanding that tough decisions are going to have to be made and certain groups may have to take more of a hit because of our current system. Continue to vote for the conservative candidates that wish to make our government simpler and smaller.