In the theoretical sense, I don't have a problem with taxes. I appreciate roads, police officers, public libraries, and know that with no defense or national security spending we would not have the freedoms that we have today.
In the practical sense, I can't stand taxes. It's pretty depressing to see pay stubs with taxes taken out. It's depressing to buy something, and then be charged more for it. It's depressing to try to be semi-knowledgeable about how to save for the future in light of various tax laws, etc.
Overall, taxes are generally depressing, I imagine they've been so since the beginning of time...except of course in the days of early civilization if you were the corrupt official collecting the taxes...but of course that is a different story. (Remember, when Jesus was walking the earth...remember those sinners and tax collectors).
On the theoretical level, I found it acceptable to have to write a check to the US Treasury this year for Tax Day. I understood, it was taxes I hadn't paid out of my paycheck, and thus I needed to "settle my account," in essence. There was no penalty, just a necessary act. On the practical level, writing the check was a little more depressing.
I realize that not everyone who reads this blog lives in the United States, but if you do, and are unfamiliar with the book, I recommend you read The FairTax Book by radio talk show host Neal Boortz. (I read this a couple years ago, as a recommendation from my father-in-law)
While Mike Huckabee was not my favorite candidate in this past year's republican primary, I did appreciate him taking a stance and creating publicity for The Fair Tax (Ron Paul and Alan Keyes also support The Fair Tax).
This blog is a poor place to describe the policy of The Fair Tax as submitted to the senate and the house, but it's an interesting re-imagining of a better tax policy.
In essence the Fair Tax would be a steep percentage on all initial selling of goods and services, that would be figured into the product price. This set tax alone on goods and services sold in the United States would cover all taxes and eliminate the tax code. There's reasons to not like some of the concept of this tax, but I think it's a strong policy that would eliminate some of America's largest problems, such as lost taxes on black market goods and services, lost taxes on illegal immigrants, businesses being choked out by business and payroll taxes. And before you get all jumpy about tax the milk and bread of poor people, the bill also includes a standard prebate that comes in the mail to off set taxes on necessary goods and services.
Anyways, I don't really think there will ever be enough momentum to make the Fair Tax happen, but I do recommend the read and wish that politicians and people would discuss this as a valid possibility more. Read the book, hang out at fairtax.org, and see who in the house and senate support this bill.
Happy Tax Day from StangeCulture.