Editorial #59 Taxes and better politicians April 16, 2019
This is the time of year where, besides the weather, taxes are on everyone’s mind. Taxes are the only way any community, state or country can function, providing things we need, like things as simple as water, roads and security.
Politicians are always looking for ways to raise that money in a way that is fair and equitable, with the least amount of pain to the tax payer. The most important thing to remember about taxes is: we the people are the only ones who pays taxes. It is not the businesses or corporations, as any tax is a cost of doing business that is always paid for by the consumer, who is always a tax payer. It is also important to remember that the government does not have any money. We the people are the only ones with any money.
United States citizens are the most tax compliant population in the world because we, more or less, trust our government more than any other country’s citizens trust their government. Our country has the youngest history of any major power with the amount of corruption and oppression also the least because of this relatively short history. As a result, the corruption, depravity and atrocities seen throughout world history is considerably less because we have a government, of the people, by the people, for the people, living under a constitutional republic where personal rights are preserved and valued .
The liberal trend is constantly trying to re-write these truths. They start by saying we are a democracy. That is code for stealing your money if they get enough votes. They continue by saying you are a victim and the government owes you, because of events that took place generations ago. They also preach that we must be compassionate to illegal immigrants, again giving away your money to get their vote and it doesn’t matter if they are not a citizen. They also object to having a citizenship question on the census or require identification to vote, but want all non-citizens counted and allowed to vote because that determines how much representation and money they receive.
These trends are how other countries throughout history became footnotes in time. Their government was seen to be unfair and corrupt by over taxing, causing citizens to not pay their taxes as a result. If the government violates the core values of fairness, truth, sustainability and integrity, the citizens cannot be expected to respect the laws or stand by our core values either.
Our tax burden in Nebraska is becoming ever increasing ranking 5th as the worst state in combined taxes paid according to Kiplinger Report.
What does this really mean? It means that our state government is not operating like we must in our personal lives. It seems they don’t care about the burden of uncontrolled spending that it is putting on responsible citizens. It also make the state undesirable for business and retirement. This sort of uncontrolled spending has continues over decades with our trust waning in our politicians. This spending must be controlled or the natural reaction that always occurs when governments mishandles our resources, they become a footnote in history because the citizens revolted against a government they no longer trust.
We cannot tolerate a double standard that selectively says they will control spending but endlessly debate issues on gender, sanctuary cities, soil task forces or mountain lions. Almost every issue the legislature introduces requires more money and enforces rules that advances a dishonest or unsustainable agendas. We as citizens who care about our state are doing our best to live within our means. Is it asking too much for our politicians to do the same?
Elections always deliver candidates that are as close to the center as possible. As a result we get politicians who are the perfect average. If we want honest, more capable representatives that live our core values, we the people must all do our part and live these values and raise the level of average in our population. We do this by sharing these thought with our family, friends and others if we expect to spawn better politicians. That means we must all live by our core values of fairness, truth, sustainability and integrity, if we want our politicians to do the same.
This is Keith Kube wishing you the best in making the world a better place.