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We Should Tax Poor People Openly, Not Secretly

By: Lloyd Brown | Posted: November 13, 2012 3:55 AM
From the Right Coast
We don't need to “tax the rich,” who already pay more than their “share.” We need to tax the poor. 

That is, we need to tax them differently – directly.

The poor pay a lot of taxes. They just don't know it.

Politicians of all stripes prefer to hide the taxes the poor pay.

The favorite hiding place is in the prices the poor – and the rich – pay for the things they buy.

Businesses don't pay taxes. Naturally, they don't teach that in the government indoctrination academies because it is a fact that is critical to living in a capitalist society. Liberals want capitalism to go away and they are not about to explain to students how it works, just as the media are not going to present an honest account of business practices.

Business has been assigned the duty of being tax collector for the welfare state, as it is in Europe.

Taxes are a cost of doing business, just like salaries, building and equipment costs and all the rest.

Revenue must exceed those costs (thus producing a profit, a word that makes sensitive liberals swoon) or you don't have a business. You have a charity.

Revenue generally comes from the sale of your products or services. Ergo, the price of your product reflects the costs, including taxes.

That hidden cost isn't even a voluntary tax, like the lottery.

Liberals talk a lot about fairness, but if they wanted to be fair they would remove taxes on business and place them directly on the people. In that way, people would know just how much their “free stuff” from government costs.

Taxes on business also are prized in Florida because they raise the price of products, which raises the amount of sales taxes collected by business. That tax is explicit, added to the price, so it is a tax on a tax.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott is proposing a modest step toward fairness by removing some of the tax small-business collects.

Scott said he will work with legislators next session to raise the exemption threshold to $75,000 on taxable income, which would remove the tax burden on the customers of about 2,000 small businesses.

It should help Florida to continue to have a good business climate and higher than average employment rate. It might even attract some of the thousands who are fleeing California, where liberals recently voted to raise taxes again in a futile effort to match their crazed spending.

California's spending likely will bankrupt the Golden State and its greedy politicians don't care. They count on the federal government to bail them out by taking money from poor people all over America through taxes piled on businesses. Got to keep the “freeways” nice for the stretched limos Hollywood royalty rides in, you know.


Lloyd Brown was in the newspaper business nearly 50 years, beginning as a copy boy and retiring as editorial page editor of the Florida Times-Union in Jacksonville. After retirement he served as speech writer for Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.
 

Comments (7)

J Campbell
11:11AM NOV 25TH 2012
Well explained. If they don't get after reading this article....then they just aren't going to get it.
wbp
6:31PM NOV 13TH 2012
lloyd
if we could just get the florida legislature to stop lying about not raising my taxes when they raise fees yr after yr i'd be happy. how about the 8% handling fee [ tax ] the state charges counties to handle county money that has no business going to Tallahassee ? how about the 3% tax on state emplyee's that goes to the general fund but is called a pension contribution. and i have yet to hear exactly what a small business is defined as ? it's been a long time since the florida legislature did anything for the middle class in florida and telling me rick scott is on my side is hilarious.
Jack Foster
11:25AM NOV 13TH 2012
As usual for conservanazis, you start with a lie-the rich pay their fair share of taxes. Having begun with that, who would bother to read the rest of your drivel? Maybe Glen Beck, moron.
Dave
10:50AM NOV 13TH 2012
"It should help Florida to continue to have a good business climate and higher than average employment rate."

Does Florida have a "higher than average employment rate" now? Let's see. National unemployment is 7.9%. Florida's is 8.7%. How can we continue to have a "higher than average employment rate" when we don't have one in the first place?

A little research would have helped Mr. Brown. Perhaps he could have used the internet to help instead of why he used it at the Times Union. Google it for yourselves.
sherry
10:01AM NOV 13TH 2012
We need more articles like this. Then we need to make the bubble headed professors teach this to our children. I can dream right?
wawoo
9:45AM NOV 13TH 2012
Poor folk, the lowest 20% or 25% , pay more in taxes as a percentage of their income than do the top 1% or Mitt Romney. Fact.
LDouglas
8:51AM NOV 13TH 2012
"Liberals talk a lot about fairness, but if they wanted to be fair they would remove taxes on business and place them directly on the people."

Mr. Brown,
That wouldn't include corporations, right? Because corporations are people, right? Otherwise, we could sure use a fairer and simpler tax code. And one in which the poor can see that they're contributing too.

Okay. So you, representating the conservatives want the liberals and the poor to see the hidden taxes they pay to be fair.
Hmmm, perhaps they (especially the liberals) could understand (or swallow) it better if conservatives would start by putting the cost of not polluting the water, air, or ground on businesses to pass to their customers rather than making taxpayers pay to mitigate the pollution through taxes (or worse, through their health or property values).

And next you could require all businesses have to use E-verify. Or at the least, make the ones who do hire illegal immigrants pay into a fund that would cover the hidden taxes we pay because of them. (Like educating their children, emergency medical care, medical care for their children, law enforcement etc.)

Those two things alone would not only put the cost of doing business where it belongs- on the customer of the business rather than on the taxpayers, it would be a step back towards real capitalism and the free markets we always hear about. Really. How can businesses fairly compete if one is allowed to externalize some of the costs of doing business while another one isn't? And how can we as customers of businesses know what the true cost of the product is we're buying if part of the cost is hidden in our taxes?

Which BTW, is related to what you hear when you hear people (liberals? conservationists? environmentalists? capitalists?) talk about making the market tell the truth. For instance, we do not pay at the pump what a gallon of gas really costs us, many of us don't pay in our electric bill what that electricity really costs us, and we don't pay for a head of lettuce what it really costs us. Etc. and so on....

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