James Bovard said: “The more expansive government is, the more perils people face in daily lives, be it from IRS agents… or from other agencies that often have little or no legal restraints on their power.”
On even a basic level, every human being understands that the bigger something becomes, the more unwieldy it becomes. As an organization grows, it becomes necessary to impose more and more rules within that agency, so that it doesn’t outgrow its restraints. The recent IRS scandal is the straw that broke the camel’s back in terms of government overreach.
The IRS has been the butt of jokes for as long as it has existed. It is a needlessly complex organization that transforms something simple into something from our worst nightmares. It is an organization filled with thousands of employees whose sole purpose is to impose draconian rules upon the citizens of the United States. The red tape and thick bureaucracy of the Internal Revenue Service has made April 15 everybody’s least favorite day. With all of this running against the IRS, why is it still in existence? Why can’t we eliminate it? Senator Ted Cruz is proposing just such an idea.
In an interview on Fox, Cruz says:
“I think we ought to abolish the IRS and instead move to a simple flat tax where the average American can fill out taxes on postcard…Put down how much you earn, put down a deduction for charitable contributions, home mortgage and how much you owe. It ought to be a simple one-page postcard, and take the agents, the bureaucracy out of Washington and limit the power of government.”
Of course, some sort of organization would be required to collect taxes. That being said, why—as a supposedly advanced society—do we continue to follow a dinosaur? Expanding upon what Cruz said, a flat tax of 15%-20% would simplify what is now a grueling process. In addition, a simplified tax system would ensure more revenue for the federal government, by eliminating loopholes, and likely reducing tax evasion.
This idea is certainly not a new one. So, why hasn’t it ever caught on? Several reasons:
1. Once a government agency is created, it is nearly impossible to eliminate it. It has been attempted before, and it failed miserably.
2. The Democrats don’t want a simplified tax system because it would hurt their narrative of class warfare. As it stands, Obama and the Democrats have made it a crusade to raise taxes on the wealthy; creating a false sense of fairness. With the tax system simplified, the IRS eliminated, a flat tax initiated, and more revenue being brought in by the federal government, the Democrats would lose their footing in the economic debate. They need to keep the Robin Hood scam going as long as possible.
3. In general, politicians are afraid to tackle any project that would be as large as simplifying our tax system. It is not in their best interest in regard to keeping their job. This fear is what causes much of our political gridlock. It is selfish, and corrupt.
Ted Cruz is on the right path; he is offering ideas rather than sticking with the status quo. Right now, the IRS is a dragon that needs to be slain, and very few politicians are brave enough to grab a sword. It’s time to advance; to move forward, and leave the old ways behind. This unscrupulous, fire breathing bureaucracy has run out of time.