Rooted in Reason: Nurturing the Seeds of Liberty


Wish You Had More Money This Holiday Season? Don’t We All. by grassroothawaii
December 23, 2010, 8:55 am
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by Frances Nuar

Now there’s something that’s probably hitting home for many of us this holiday season: money. Now’s about the time we all wish we had more of it, to buy more gifts, better gifts for our dear families and friends. (And who are we kidding–for ourselves as well.)

We have a few options when it comes to having more money: make more money, or keep more of what you already make. Because I’m of the thought that if we could make more money we would already be doing so, let’s go with the latter idea. Let’s all keep more of our own money. That’s right. Christmas is a time of giving, and I’m calling for the government to give us back our money.

Because I think this is a concept which is often lost in the higher/lower taxes debate. My money is mine. I earned it. I worked hard for it. It’s not the government’s money. Though they would often have you think they deserve a larger and larger chunk of what you earn with their greedy grabs. I’m all for paying my fair share to live in the amazing country we are so blessed to be a part of. But I’m tired of the government demanding more money for things–well I’m not even sure for what. And that is the problem. When you think you have an endless stream of money, you tend to spend more. Have you ever been on a budget? I’m sure you noticed every price tag when you went shopping. Have you ever had someone else’s credit card to use while shopping? I’m sure you payed much less attention. It’s human nature. And the government is, after all, made up of humans. Give them no limit, and they’ll shock you with what they are able to spend. And with what economic results?

Let’s look at the statistics. Oh wait, pop quiz first. Which states boasted the most growth this last census? Well according to 2010 data, states with lower taxes grew faster. Who would have thought? Which means Texas’ population grew 20%, while California grew 10% and New York grew only 2%. In 10 years. These numbers translate into an interesting reapportionment of the House of Representatives. California remained the same, for the first time since it was admitted to the Union in 1850, while Texas (our low tax state) gained 4 seats, and New York, notorious for high taxes, lost 2. That’s going to have big policy implications–people are moving away from high-tax states towards low-tax states. The low-tax states are thus gaining more votes. More votes tend to mean more political victorious. Catch my drift?

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