The IRS received a blow today as the Republican-controlled house cut the budget for tax enforcement by over $1 billion—nearly 25%. Most of me is very happy about this, since the IRS is really lame and everyone knows it.
But another part of me is worried this cut could have some very destructive consequences. The US already shoulders a monumental debt burden, and deficit-spending has only and will only increase if Obamacare and everything else continues.
So it might not be the smartest time to cut the civil government’s revenue. I would actually be for a tax increase if I could be sure that the majority of the new revenue would go to paying off the deficit. But it won’t. So I’m not. But this tax enforcement cut would only be effective in an environment where the civil government was also committed to spending less. Way less.
Think about it. The civil government is not going to stop spending money at its current rate, even if its tax revenue dries up. Which means that the economy will become more and more unstable until it eventually cracks under the pressure.
When our lenders realize they won’t get paid back, they’re going to stop bailing us out. And our ship will sink. I applaud Republicans for cutting the budget for the IRS. I am and always will be an enemy of oppressive taxation. But they need to be even more viciously cutting the budget in other areas—and maybe in those other areas first.
This is a political maneuver, but I refuse to be fooled. The GOP and the DNC are committed to spending just as much or more than ever. And that’s not okay. Cut the bloat first. Cut it from overseas spending, Obamacare, welfare, imperialistic military actions. Until you do that, keep taking in at least as much revenue as you have been, and pay off our debts!
Why is this so hard to understand?