I’m about to head into a forum at CPAC 2011 that is advertised as follows:
Flat, Fair, VAT or Gone? What Should be Done with the Federal Income Tax?
This is probably my most central political issue. Heading into the meeting, my thinking is that it has to be “gone”, and here’s why.
I want peace on earth for all; a critical requisite for this is that my own impact on the world be to move it towards peace, or at least neutral. In the current income-tax system, by working and earning income to support myself and my family, I am also indirectly supporting the military-industrial complex and foreign wars. In other words, in order to provide life and sustenance to those closest to me, I must contribute to death and destruction to those far from me. This points to an inherent contradiction in the system, that one cannot choose to live a life of peace.
Under a flat tax, this problem is exactly the same.
Under a fair tax (national retail sales tax), this problem is almost the same, but a little better because I can avoid buying new goods when possible and by making certain types of sacrifices, I can survive without paying very much in taxes. Nevertheless, in principal the same problem is there for anyone who truly wants to live a life of peace.
I don’t fully understand VAT, but I think it’s basically another kind of sales tax.
Let’s see if this forum changes anything for me..
UPDATE: It didn’t change anything. The speakers at the forum were all talking about how in principle, all income and sales taxes are wrong; but in practice, we have to sacrifice our principles temporarily on the way to not-sacrificing them, or something similar that didn’t really make much sense to me.