Tax burden needs to include everyone

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

I have to be honest. When I paid my federal and state tax obligation this week, I did so with a tinge of resentment.

Granted, I recognize the importance and necessity of a tax obligation. I understand -- as best I can -- that these funds are what fuel much of our economy.

But I also know that an amazing number of Americans have no tax obligation. And I also know that an amazing number of Americans avoid a tax obligation through high-priced schemes to avoid their fair taxes.

I lump both into the same category.

If some avoid their "fair share" through legal loopholes, don't blame them -- blame the tax code.

In an ideal world, everyone would have a minimal tax obligation. Without some "skin in the game" those fellow citizens are enjoying a free ride at the expense of others.

Even if everyone -- and I mean everyone -- had a $10 tax bill, the income may not make a difference but the principle would matter.

I compare it to not voting. If you choose not to vote, then why do you choose to complain about government at any level?

If you are living off the taxes of others, then why do you choose to complain about your level of assistance?

And speaking of taxes, is there no irony in the fact that the president released his tax return this week and his tax rate is 18 percent -- far below the level he wants to tax those nasty millionaires?

My tax rate is higher than that; and I am far below that income league.

And just in time for that popular April 15 deadline, the president last week released his budget, which calls for -- you guessed it -- higher taxes.

If this administration truly wants a fairer tax burden, then throw the net to embrace all citizens of this country. This administration wants only to target the achievers and ignore those who live off the efforts of others.

Until everyone has some skin in this game, the current tax code always will be unfair.

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