Social welfare should not be part of taxes
March 18, 2014 at 5 p.m.
Updated March 17, 2014 at 10:18 p.m.
Editor, the Advocate:
There are two basic problems affecting our nation's economy. First, President Obama's recommended budget indicates increased spending across a wide spectrum of things while substantially cutting defense spending. This socialistic plan will only increase our national debt, endanger our financial system and reduce our military superiority. Cutting defense spending is ridiculous in today's chaotic and dangerous world. It should be noted that 68 percent of money spent in 2012 was on welfare-related programs while 24 percent was spent on defense as indicated by the 2013 1040 tax instruction booklet.
In terms of welfare programs, one must look back in history when President Lyndon Johnson declared war on poverty. Since then, Walter Williams (columnist and professor of economics) claims $18 trillion has been spent on poverty at the federal, state and local levels of governments. As a result of throwing money at the problem rather than addressing the basic causes, Mr. Williams stated the following - "What we have here in our nation are dependency and poverty of the spirit with people making unwise choices and leading pathological lives aided and abetted by the welfare state."
Secondly, our IRS system is unbalanced and a complicated mess. Our tax system currently has tax rates ranging from 10 percent to 39.6 percent. The present rates and the allowed deductions for the standard deduction or itemized deductions and personal exemptions seem fair. However, the rest of the tax system is a mess with too many tax credits, deductions, exemptions, loopholes, etc. In addition, social welfare has been infused into the system - such as the earned income credit, the child tax credit, etc. This is why about 50 percent of potential taxpayers pay no income tax while many middle incomers and all the rich end up paying all the taxes. Politicians, mainly Democrats/Socialists have infused social welfare into the tax system as it practically guarantees those receiving benefits will vote for their party's candidates.
This unbalanced, politically rigged tax system is flawed and unfair as all taxpayers, except the extreme poor, should be paying some income tax. Social welfare programs should not be in the tax system.
Allen J. Novosad, Edna