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3 Reasons Why The Fair Tax Should Replace The Income Tax

In the libertarian world, there is little room to argue in favor of a better tax system. This is mostly due to the fact that, like Socialists, many Libertarians have an uncompromising Utopian view. There is little room for compromise with this group, only pure liberty, no government, right now.

The problem with this is that it neglects reality and the fact that to preserve liberty, the institutions that do so must be preserved. The control of these institutions could be transferred from government to the people, but they must be preserved. By destroying the institutions of charity, marriage, infrastructure and all the others that enable citizens to maintain and multiply their liberty, liberty is greatly threatened.

This idea is evident in the founding of America. Rather than pulling the rug out from under the feet of the citizens, the founding fathers created a system that would allow people more power over their government and to prevent tyranny. They did not destroy all of the institutions of tyranny and power in one moment; instead, they created a framework that would multiply liberty and destroy tyranny piece by piece. In order to preserve the opportunity to truly end tyranny, they had to allow slavery and oppression of women to create the foundation for the termination of these institutions of tyranny.

The same must be done with the Income Tax.

In order to move toward pure freedom and no taxes, America must take steps in the right direction. The Fair Tax is the best way in today’s world to move the country towards more freedom and no taxes.

The three main reasons are:

#1: More Liberty

The Fair Tax is a tax on consumption, rather than income. This means that the people will be saying that the government may take a share of commerce between parties because they do protect the ability to have free exchange in the American Market, but that it cannot take a share of income, which is the result of an individual’s productivity. The Income Tax is a message from the government that they are entitled to the results of productivity of its people, thus claiming partial ownership of each person.

People will also not be able to be swayed in their purchase decisions by deductions. Rather than giving to charity as a write-off, people can do it out of their own free will because they will be pocketing all of their paycheck. Instead of complicated 401k programs, college savings funds, and other tax-exempt savings funds, people can choose the best way to invest their money. The combination of freer choice of buying and saving will produce freer markets, and will spur growth and innovation.

#2: More Wealth

There will be an increase in wealth among all people. Because the government will not be taking the taxes out of peoples’ paychecks before it hits their bank account, people will have more wealth to work with each paycheck. Being able to choose when to create a taxable exchange would allow people to navigate the market and reduce these to maximize their wealth.

They can also save and pass on their wealth without Capital Gains Taxes, Death Taxes or Gift Taxes. Under the Fair Tax, if one wishes to save money, instead of it being taxed twice, it is taxed only once: when its spent. This means that if someone works hard, saves money and lives their whole life with discipline, they will not be penalized with more taxes by the government. It will also allow for the poor to build wealth, rather than remain poor because it hurts them to try moving into the middle class due to reductions in government assistance.

Most importantly, the message goes from government attacking production to consumption. Everyone knows its a lot easier to spend money than to make money. That is why people are not working as hard as they should for what they want and taking on debt to fund their consumption. This tax system would allow people to keep what they earn, incentivize saving and investing, as well as curb debt spending and over consumption. What happens when Americans are creating more wealth and decreasing debt? They become wealthier.

#3: No IRS

Everyone hates dealing with the IRS. They use their power and reach to meddle in the lives of law abiding citizens over a mistake on an endless form. Then, they hide behind bureaucracy and claim ignorance of their unnavigable series of extra processes on top of the world’s worst tax code.I have an anecdote for you on this. This year when filing taxes, I made a mistake on my form. When correcting it, my dad and I put both of our tax forms, with a letter explaining the issue, in our envelope together and sent them a check to pay off the extra taxes that I would owe after the correction. The IRS sent me a letter a month later saying that I owe them that amount plus interest. Upon further investigation, over many phone calls and different representatives, we found out that they had credited my dad’s account instead of mine. I then had to pay them that money plus interest and wait for their return to hit my dad’s account before he could give me my money back. That is simply wrong, and citizens should not have the burden of complying with a tax code. The government should have the burden of ensuring that they steal the money that they want to steal.

Last Words

There are not many statistics or numerical arguments in this blog as you may have noticed. That is because this is a philosophical argument in favor of a tax that does not allowed government to claim ownership of its people or use the tax code to dictate their behaviors. This is not saying that the Fair Tax is a final solution, but I step in the right direction for liberty minded people. This would give people more opportunity, pull them off the dependency of the government, and truly reward innovation and productivity.

This could be an answer for pulling back the growth of the American government by not letting you pull the lever’s of the tax system to hide its growth. It would give citizens the chance to experience what freedom really is because they would not be making decisions based on how the IRS would view it. It is not perfect, but it is the best way to maintain the institutions that are currently protecting freedom while still taking back liberty on the political stage.

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Warning: Debt, Deficit and Unfunded Liabilities Could Destroy Your Retirement Plans

If your retirement plan relied on government pensions or social security, and you thought Medicare and Medicaid would be there to support you, then you’re in for a rude awakening. Since FDR, the federal government has been making promises that it know it cannot fulfill or sustain, but soon the repercussions of our government’s fiscal irresponsibility will be come to fruition. The way the federal government is handling debt is an obvious indicator that these programs are on life support.

There are 3 aspects to the debt. There is the deficit, national debt, and unfunded liabilities. Each of these needs to be understood in its own before one can understand how they connect. Once you have the whole picture, it will be obvious that this is not a sustainable economic system.

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Budget deficit

The current deficit is $440 billion for FY2018. That means that the government is spending $440 billion dollars more than it receives in tax revenue this year, despite another record-breaking year of tax revenues. The “raising the debt ceiling” that Congress is so fond of is simply Congress giving itself permission to assume more debt.

How significant is this $440 billion in debt the government is taking on? Well, it is estimated that the federal government will receive $3.654 trillion in revenue but spend $4.094 trillion on whatever the hell they spend that money on. That means that Congress is spending an extra 12% on top of every single penny it takes in as revenue.

National debt

The total debt that America has accumulated in the 240 years since its founding is $20 trillion. This is a tremendous sum of money which has cost us $268 billion in interest this year, but at least Congress can raise the debt ceiling and take on more debt to pay on the interest we owe. A lot of the debt the U.S. owes is being paid in perpetuities, so we will just be making payments as long as we are a country on those debts and they will never be paid off.

The national debt is not just the problem. The issue here is that despite all this debt, Congress continues to spend recklessly and assume more debt. It’s like a normal person driving himself into debt, so he opens a new credit line to pay off the last and does this over and over again. Eventually someone will catch on and not want to assume the risk and he will go bankrupt.

Unfunded liabilities

The biggest issue with all this debt is the things that the government has promised its people, but it has no plan as to how it will pay it. This is the unfunded liabilities which total about $127 trillion (roughly $1.1 million per taxpayer). This is Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, Pensions, and outstanding interest. Our government is spending every penny it receives and 12% more, yet it still expects to pay these future liabilities.

People will not accept these things being taken away from them because taxpayers have put in their fair share. However, there is no “Social Security Fund” like private pensions have to make that create returns which are paid out later. Rather it is a Ponzi Scheme being performed by the government and it will not hold.

The Collapse

How does this all fail? When Social Security was founded, there were 16 people paying in for every one collecting on it and the average life span was much shorter. Due to having fewer children and unemployment issues among younger people, the scheme is much less bottom heavy than it was and now only about 3 people are paying for each one collecting. Pairing that with the amount of promises being added each year the country is in a debt spiral.

The Solution

So, is their impending doom and collapse of the U.S.? The answer: maybe. But, while this may not be fixable, there is a chance. Congress has to stop spending so much, and definitely must stop spending more than it receives. The U.S. must start paying down the debt and turning services over to the private sector. Lastly, it needs to find solutions for the entitlement programs and wean people off of relying on them. This will take educating the American people about financial responsibility and economics at length and ensuring that people have the tools necessary to make good fiscal decisions.

The whole thing really is simple, though: Spend less than you make and save and invest the rest.


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Can Robots Give Consent?

We have a new moral dilemma to face as a generation. Can you rape a robot? Now, if you’ve seen the stories about sex robots you have probably heard of people standing up for the rights of robots. Never mind for a minute that we are giving rights to inanimate objects before we do so for human life in the whom, but I digress. The question is twofold.

  1. Is having sex with a robot rape or even simulating rape?
  2. Is this detrimental to our human experience?

For the first question, we have to decide if a robot has propriety over itself, and if so, whether or not it can consent. As to whether or not a robot has propriety over itself, that is impossible for several reasons.

First, there is no “self” of the robot. It is inanimate. Even animals are animate creatures and have personalities, but robots do not. Because it does not have a self or life, it cannot have ownership over its body, or whatever you want to call it. In fact, the person who owns the robot has ownership because they used their ability to provide value for others to accrue money (aka value) with which they purchased the robot. Because the robot is their property, they can do with it as they please.

People seem to believe that because it has programmed responses and a face it is human in some way. Let’s say you drill a hole in a headless mannequin, does that constitute rape? What about dildos or blow-up sex dolls? How about the gas tank on your car? You see, the question isn’t if something looks and feels more human because it is still not human, but machinery.

Because it does not own itself, it cannot consent. The only way consent can be given is if their is ownership that allows you to have a say in how something is used. My car does not have a say in who drives it, I do. The sex robot owner has the say in who uses it, not the robot. On the other hand, hopefully people aren’t sharing these around because that would not be very sanitary.

The second question is if it is detrimental to our society. The answer, I believe, is overall yes. But I don’t think it will encourage rape, rather it would be like violent video games and provide an outlet for people on the fringe. It could act as a substitute for sexually violent crimes.

The problem lies in the fact that people can simulate human interaction, but without the parts that are healthy. Porn is unhealthy because it allows people to overstimulate themselves without partaking in the affection and trust usually required. This causes people to stop associating the pleasures of sex with the human interaction it traditionally required, thus dissociating people and placing strain on society.

I think that the lobbying in favor of these objects having rights is dangerous because it puts them on the same playing field as people. The argument is that artificial intelligence (AI) allows these robots to think, so they can consent and feel. However, we are ions away from this being a reality. Leading scientists in this field cannot even begin to theorize how it could be done, like the Greeks arguing over what the universe is comprised of. For now we should focus on building a divide between how we treat people and inanimate objects. My fear is that we will put the “rights” of robots above those of people, thus upending our society.

The same thing has been done with animals as well. Instead of arguing these things have rights, we should argue to treat animals respectfully, responsibly, and ethically. Instead of granting animals rights, we should look to restrain ourselves and place the burden on us to treat them well because it is right to treat things a certain way. That is how the morality of robots should be approached. By placing the emphasis on people and striving to create moral codes that restrict our behavior.

If you know me, you know that I don’t want this to be regulated though. My hope is that we can enter the world of intellectual debate and win this argument and use shame to limit the use and spread of these things. Government regulation or robot taxes only allow for certain players to capitalize on these restrictions and create barriers to entry, and very often, unethical practices to maintain power. Liberty minded people should stand up against regulations here while arguing against this on practical terms. There is evidence to show that this is bad for the individual partaking and society as a whole, and we should preach individual responsibility to act in our own best interest.

This debate will continue as robots are making news in Korea to Silicon Valley. The thing to remember is that humans have the rights, and with them comes responsibility to use the rights to better ourselves and society. None of us alive today will see anything with real artificial intelligence, but we must make sure to have these debates and ensure they err in favor of humanity or else we are in danger in the future.

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