and making money?
Remember that I am not saying that the government should collect any
more money. Just that we should eliminate the income tax. In order to
replace the revenue loss each city, and state will have to decide
which usage fees, and "sin taxes" they will use to replace the income
Republicans have good principles, but they rarely follow them. One of
the good principals that republicans talk about, but never seem to
follow threw is the principle of rewarding good behavior and punishing
bad behavior. We should lose taxes that tax good behavior, like income
tax and increase sin vastly increase sin taxes.
The Republican Party is typically seen as your father's party. The
democrats are like your mom. They care about your feelings, but the
republicans have tough love, and tell you to stop feeling sorry for
yourself, and get to work. Parents tend to learn, that if you do stuff
for their kids all the time, the kid will never learn to act by
themselves. Sure, the government can help people who need help, but do
you really deserve help from the government if you skipped class,
didn't do your homework, and never graduated from high school? Our
compassionate side says yes, but our republican side says that to some
point help is a reward for bad behavior.
It should be self evident, and even democrats should realize that if
you reward bad behavior, you are going to get more of it. But what are
some practical ways that we can reward good behavior and punish bad
behavior? Can we really raise the cost of cigarettes and booze any
I think there are lots of "sins" that we could tax. But I don't want
people like me choosing those sins. I think economist should, or just
the city clerk should determine the true cost of government services.
This might not be a practical idea, but it is something we deal with
every day and serves as a good example : what if the garbage man
charged you buy how many bags of garbage you left? What if someone
walked around and charged every home $20 that didn't have a compost
pile? What if we replaced the income tax with increased energy taxes?
That would put steroids on any motivation there was to insulate your
POSSIBLE "GREEN" SIN TAXES
No compost pile.
Too much pavement.
Too much garbage.
Not enough trees.
No solar panels.
No wind turbine.
POSSIBLE HEALTH SIN TAXES:
Smoking (charged per pack)
Drinking (charged per can)
Marijuana (charged per lb.)
Prostitution (you know how it is collected)
Being over weight
POSSIBLE EDUCATIONAL SIN TAXES
Not knowing geography
Not knowing math
Not knowing specifics about those running for office.
Not knowing a 2nd language
Not having a college degree
POSSIBLE FAMILY SIN TAXES
Not visiting your kids
Not paying child support
Your kids doing poorly in school