Originally Posted by SafetyBlitz
20 different tests for shrim sh*t aside and leaders changing things just for the sake of their resume, agree to disagree.
I favor a progressive income tax in the current climate. Perhaps forty years ago, a flat tax would've been ideal - but today? The wealth of this nation is highly concentrated amongst the few, and a flat tax will either take too much from the bottom or not enough from the top.
We disagree, because we see the role of taxation very differently.
You see (as you've stated) the role of taxation as one of "fundamental redistribution" of wealth amongst the populace, i.e. economic collectivism. Wealth should not reside in the hands of who earned it, it should be taken by the State and issued back out to those the State find worthy/needy in order to flatten the wealth distribution to a more "Equal" collectivist end result.
I see taxation only as a means to fund vital Governement functions, such as Defense, Courts, etc, and is a burden that should be as equally shared amongst all citizens as is humanly possible. Taxation should, in my view, never be used to simply take from one to give to another as the goal, or to promote social engineering, or similar.
True equallity is impossible, as it would entail every person paying the same amount (not rate, amount) each year, and would be the system I would choose. The closest realistic option is a Flat Tax % rate, and I continue to support it, an oppose in totallity any form of taxation whose purpose is the systemic, political-based redistribution of wealth from those who earned it to those who did not.