Wednesday, December 08, 2010
Taxpayers don't cost the government, government costs the taxpayers
I'm watching the news this morning and for like the 100th time, I hear some half-witted reporter refer to the extension of tax cuts as "costing the government". Am I the only one who sees the outrageous idiocy in that statement?
To say that letting citizens keep a little more of the money they earned costs the government, you have to believe that all income first belongs to the government and it decides how much of it you can keep each year. Democrats and the media act as if we long suffering Americans are committing some egregious crime against our country by wanting to keep a few dollars more of our paychecks. They treat us as if we're being greedy by not wanting our income taken from us to be given to some poor, unworthy slob in exchange for a reliable democrat vote.
The government exists at the pleasure and consent of the governed, not the other way around. If we decide through our representatives to keep more of our paychecks by lowering taxes, then the government is obligated to reduce it's spending by at least that much. That's the definition of fiscal conservatism and responsibility, a concept with which few politicians are familiar.