Republicans have dug in their heels and swear they’ll die before they allow any new taxes. What does this mean? I think they have two main motives: greed and the destruction of liberal ideals. This is no big news, but what does it mean really? Republicans have fixated on lowering taxes for decades and I think this is mainly due to ordinary old greed, but they have come up with so many justifications to achieve this goal, that they have developed an anti-liberal philosophy to promote tax cuts.
They think big government is taking their money, and so they’ve developed a philosophy against big government. But what does having a big government mean? Or more precisely, what does having a small government mean?
Civilization has always meant bigger and bigger government. All throughout history whenever a civilization would develop barbarians would come along and attack it because it was an easy source of booty. Protecting civilization began the ever spiraling costs to support big government and big military. There are two kinds of people in this world, those who want to build civilizations and those who want to tear it down. Civilizations take a lot of money to create and run, and history shows there are essentially two sources of wealth to run a civilization, taxes or conquering other civilizations, which is essentially a non-citizen tax if you will. Europe flowered during the Renaissance by taxing the natives of the Americas, Africa, Middle East and Asia, as well as the heavy burden of taxes they imposed on their own citizens.
Like it or not, great civilizations cost a lot of money. During the course of the last five hundred years we also saw the growth of liberal ideas. It’s no longer socially acceptable to attack a primitive society and steal their wealth to build your own society. Either through colonists, armies or corporations. And the history of corporations are really the history of private business plundering the resources of other nations through price speculation.
However, things have changed. The nations of the Earth are no longer in flux and national stabilization has set in, and corporations are no longer tied to specific countries, but work worldwide. This means vast booms of generating wealth through exploiting other people is tapering off. Nations are having to compete as equals, and the wealth of governments depend more and more on internal taxes based on economic productivity of their citizens.
In other words, if the United States wants to be the leading civilization of the world, the cost of that civilization is on the backs of its taxpayers. Our military might will wane as the world stabilizes. So will our influence. So what will make us the great nation we believe we are? As all nations become more capitalistic, we’ll no longer be the richest. For the longest time, we were great because we championed freedom and democracy, and liberal ideals – but they are spreading worldwide too.
So what kind of nation will we be if the Republicans get their way and cut social programs and other spending, and reduce the size of the federal government? I can’t help but believe we’ll be more like India or Egypt than Germany, Japan, England, South Korea or France. We’ll have a democracy with lots of poor people. We’ll have lots of beggars, criminals and lower class people, a small middle class, and a few very wealthy people that stand out in stark contrast.
We won’t have the arts, science, and infrastructure of a #1 nation, and instead start developing the look of a decaying empire.
The greed of the wealthy to avoid taxes will lead to a downward spiral of employed people, or people who look and act employed because of social programs. Social Security and Medicare allow millions of Americans to contribute to economic activity as if they were employed. We already have more young well trained people wanting work than we have jobs, so to throw millions of older, well experienced people to compete with them will ruin the job market and raise unemployment to new high levels. Employment levels have always been an illusion in our country. Unemployment is high now because we can’t maintain the fevered economic activity of unnatural economic booms.
We can only get to 5% unemployment when the economy is booming and support big social programs. If we cut out social programs and followed a balanced-budget economy we’d probably have 25% unemployed, if we were lucky. Some economists are saying we already have a real unemployment rate of 15% or higher now.
If we pursued a totally efficient economy we’d probably put half the workers out of work. Just think what a flat tax rate would do to bookkeepers, accounts, tax advisers, and other bean counters. Just imagine our society if no one used a credit card, or if everyone spent money like economic advisers advise. A large part of our economy is based on inefficiency, buying things we don’t need, social programs, crime, crazy unsafe business schemes and stupid unproductive speculation.
Liberal ideals have progressed until they believe that all people, regardless of gender, race, creed or sexual orientation deserve equality and a minimal standard of living and medical care. Pursuing those ideals has created an ever growing segment of our economic activity. Reversing those ideals will destroy our economy.
Just watch the news to see how all over the country governmental services are being cut back. This is the dismantlization of our civilization. The barbarians are at the gates looking to sack our civilization. And all of this just to save a few bucks on their taxes.
Barbarians have always wanted wealth for themselves. Civilized people have always wanted to share the wealth.
JWH – 7/9/11