A higher sales tax has been brought up many times in liu of some other tax (mostly income). Recently a candidate proposed a sales tax instead of property taxes (in Texas).
The good thing about a sales tax is that it would be easier to administrate than an income tax...less loopholes I believe and thus fewer compex regulations are needed. A sales tax would also mean taxing utilites (gas, water, etc.) as well as store bought items.
I never really liked property taxes and the idea that I never really owned my home. Once I pay for it I still have to pay taxes on it every year!
I'm just wondering what some opinions are about a sales tax?
Let me explain the sitiation to yas... The sales tax weighs mos heavily upon the poor who never have and must always buy... This country is a common wealth, and there might be some reason to put public property, as this land once was, into private hands, but there is no reason it should be free of taxes...When this country was firs constituted, it was property which supported the entire government...The effect of this was higher wages, and lower prices for property...The reason was simple... Property had to pay taxes,, and if it could not it would go on the auction block, which happened all the time...In order to make property pay, labor was necessary, so this drove up wages... When the income tax was first made constitutional it was only paid by eleven to thirteen percent of the population...Clearly, those who made it law wanted to soak the rich, but it has been forced onto 50% of the population, and there is has driven wages down... When labor finds it necessary to pay income taxes it must work twice as hard for half as much, since one part goes to the government, and one part goes to profit...And since property is set free of the support of government, it can be held off the market, sat on for years, and the price is driven up...Since wages are driven down, the buyer of property is forced to use credit, paying well over the price of price inflated property.... And the need to pay interest spurs him on to ever wilder feats of labor..
So why shouldn't property pay taxes, at least productive property??? Most people in prisons are there for crimes against property... Property has well defined rights, which the government enforces, so why should property not pay for the privilage...When the army goes out in defense of the country which the best and better part of is in private hands, who should pay??? Now it is those without wealth or property paying with their lives and wallets for those rich people who refuse taxation, and live or die, most of those employed in war will never own so much as a grave to be buried in...In fact, it is taxation on labor and sales taxes which contribute to the great disparity of wealth, because so long as private wealth need not support the common wealth it can be held in perpetuity, never having to pay its own way..