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“It's time we asked ourselves if we still know the freedoms intended for us by the Founding Fathers. James Madison said, "We base all our experiments on the capacity of mankind for self-government." This idea that government was beholden to the people, that it had no other source of power, is still the newest, most unique idea in all the long history of man's relation to man. This is the issue of this election: Whether we believe in our capacity for self-government or whether we abandon the American Revolution and confess that a little intellectual elite in a far-distant capital can plan our lives for us better than we can plan them ourselves.”     Ronald Reagan

November 14, 2008

Open Thread — A New Tax Hike

by Brad Warbiany

As anyone who reads this blog understands, I’m not a favor of any taxation. Nor am I much in favor of government. But at the moment, we have a government, and its functions must be paid through some revenue. We might as well find economically efficient, rather than inefficient, ways to raise that revenue.

Politicians talk about taxing the rich, or raising “usage fees”, raising capital gains taxes, or even sin taxes. But what if we added a tax on politics itself? We already talk of the corrupting influence of money on politics, but why not put that money to good use?

I’m talking– of course– about a tax on political contributions. As it stands, I am thankful to see that political contributions are not tax-deductable, but why is it that they shouldn’t be expressly taxed?

I think we’d be well served by a 10% tax on all political contributions. We could even call it a “sales” tax, because you know someone’s been bought.

We can’t get rid of the influence of money on politics without getting rid of the influence of politics on money. That link doesn’t appear to be breaking, so we might as well put it to good use.

So what do you think, readers? Is this a brilliant way to add revenue while disincentivizing political money-grubbing, or is it a crackpot idea?

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  1. That is a great idea. However, this one would have to have a huge grassroots campaign because there is no way politicians will ever tax themselves.

    Comment by trumpetbob15 — November 14, 2008 @ 8:20 am
  2. I like it!

    Comment by Aimee — November 14, 2008 @ 4:35 pm
  3. TAX POLITICAL CONTRIBUTIONS. YES!This is truly brilliant. Still gotta be glad for the economic stimulus every 4 years. Of course with global warming and all not so sure all the hot air is a good idea.

    personally I’d promote your idea (with attribution of course). Somehow though the free speech thing will come into play I’m afraid.

    Seriously though – Why haven’t we heard anyone go after all the money stored up in the Foundations? These “non-profits” and their so called philanthropic efforts are becoming almost exclusively left-wing and boy do they have loads of dough.

    Comment by Persnickety Curmudgeon — November 16, 2008 @ 4:45 pm

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