The question is not about taxes. Its about how much and how much is of corruption in all people in all ways. And it is a lot. Its not cut and dried and simple as you put it.The nation wins when complete gridlock occurs.
If the U.S. was still just an agrarian/pioneering/sea faring back water, I'd agree with you.
But we're an extremely complex modern post-industrial society, and we need a government that will legislate in accordance with the needs of the American people - not just in the interests of the wealthy.
Every piece of legislation increases our national debt, allows more govt agencies to spy on the populace, or enables some military adventure in the world. No thanks.
If we'd increase taxes on the wealthy legislation wouldn't increase the national debt.
So you agree with entitlements as long as they're paid for with taxes?
What do you have against being spied on? The government can spy on me all they want...you'd just have some incredibly bored government agents.
I agree that we spend WAY too much on the military...and get way too involved in other countries.
Let these countries elites deal with their problems themselves....maybe they'd have to serve their own people. But you'd have to live in a world full of communist & socialist countries.
I don't agree with entitlements. I don't trust the govt to make sound decisions with my money and they have a proven track record of making bad decisions. That same argument about spying was made when the Rs were pushing the patriot act back in 2001..........."if you're not sending any bad emails then you shouldn't worry about the govt looking through your stuff:..............wrong then and wrong now. Finally, we waste trillions on social programs and military adventures around the world. Stop the endless wars and cut 50 percent of govt.
Who do you want to make decisions? Consider third world countries and the poverty of their populations and the instability under authoritarian leadership.
Democracy in America has some problems, but it works most of the time, and when it doesn't, it corrects itself by the voters.
Explain entitlements, and explain if you got your way and cut 50% of government.
Why shouldn't I make decisions for my family and myself over a govt that blows out the treasury. I'm accountable. The federal govt isn't. All social programs including SS, cut it 50 percent and cut military spending 50 percent. You should know that never ending wars has landed every county in history on the ash heap.
That's weird. I pay taxes, yet I also make decisions for myself and my family. If you do not like paying taxes, then do not accept or offer U.S. Federal currency. If you do not want to contribute to the society that you live in - and which you enjoy many benefits - then go live as a recluse in the woods. There's still plenty of space in the Amazon or northern Alaska.
But if you want to continue using U.S. currency and living in the U.S., then you're gonna have to contribute some of that U.S. Currency back to the government. You'll also have to live with the fact that the U.S. government exists for the benefit of all Americans, not just yourself.
A very large part of Federal expenditures are on things that people have worked for and are actually ENTITLED TO. Like Social Security, unemployment insurance, and Government pensions. Less than half of expenditures are for government 'hand-outs'.
Keep in mind that if we cut the military budget in half, we'll have tens of millions of new welfare recipients - unless you're willing to employ everyone that works in the military industrial complex.
What you wish for is NOT very well thought out - your solutions are childish!