There are only two ways to get the money to pay for government: either tax Americans who are living, or steal it from generations of Americans not born yet.
Deficit spending is stealing from future generations; in the fiscal year coming to a close this month, we have stolen nearly $2 trillion more of their money, and Congress will take another heaping helping when they pass the 2010 appropriations bills in the upcoming weeks.
You don’t need a Ph.D. in economics to grasp the issue here: it is wrong to steal money from your kids.
If you don’t get that, you might as well stop reading now and go knock off a liquor store or beat up a homeless person or whatever it is you do for recreation. I won’t be able to fix you; maybe my Pastor Paula could take a crack at it.
This year, we will only pay for 58% of what government spends; we will borrow the rest, leaving it to future generations to repay the debt. Are you ok with stealing $5,400 from your grandkids and their grandkids? That is your per capita share of the deficit this year – the amount of spending you did not pay for. No different than driving away from the pump, or skating out on the waitress.
To pay for the government we have, each one of us would have to take a 70% hike in every single one of the taxes we pay. Is anyone willing to do that? If not, then the ethical thing to do would be to cut government spending down to what we are willing to pay for ourselves – to cut it almost in half. It is not as difficult as we might think, but the “how to” is another post for another day.
We could have (and should have) an honest political debate over how much to tax ourselves and what to spend that money on. People of good will can disagree over the proper scope and role of government in a free society. But we don’t have honest debates anymore; we have mindless shouting matches where each side calls the other side evil for thinking differently, and they both tell you someone else will pay for the promises they make to get your vote.
The one lie that is evil is the lie of the free lunch; it doesn’t matter whether it is democrat or republican baloney between the bread. There is no such a thing; we are stealing our kid’s lunch money to buy happy meals for ourselves. That is morally reprehensible – it is shameful when Republicans do it, and it is shameful when Democrats do it, and it is shameful when we let them both do it.
The Congressional Budget Office estimates it will take 100 years to pay it back the $24 trillion of debt we will have accumulated by 2019, just 10 years from now. I will be retiring about then, but you young people will still have a lifetime of paying to look forward to, and so will your heirs. Your share will run into the hundreds of thousands of dollars. Most of your taxes will go to pay interest on the debt. This is what happens when you don’t vote.
Oblivious to the fact that we can’t afford half of the government we have now, the socialists want to impose even more government. It is still a free country, sort of; if they do not think they are being taxed enough, they can write a check to the IRS and pay more. That would be the honorable thing, and I would admire them for it.
But they won’t – they insist on putting your money where their mouth is.
We are tired of other people telling us what to do, what to say, and what to think. We don’t need government’s permission to live our lives. We have had it with moralizing hypocrites – of both parties - using the power of the state to shove their beliefs down our throats.
Government is not our master; it is our servant, our Cabana Boy. The Cabana Boy doesn’t tell us what to do. The Cabana boy picks up the cigarette butts; he doesn’t tell us we can’t smoke on our own private property. So shut up and go fix a bridge, Cabana Boy – and quit stealing my grandchildren’s money.
Congress is supposed to represent, not to rule; and most certainly not to steal. We need to elect Representatives who understand that. Tammy Baldwin doesn’t.
Liberty is the absence of government in choice. Tyranny is the absence of choice in government. Choose Liberty. Choose Tim, Not Tammy.
Tim Nerenz is the Libertarian Party Candidate for U.S. House of Representatives from Wisconsin's 2nd District. To support Dr. Tim's campaign, please visit the campaign website at www.timnerenz.com.