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home : opinion : columnists June 28, 2016

4/17/2013 2:12:00 PM
Greedy President proposes more taxes on the rich
Bill Forhan

President Obama's newest budget proposal is calling for cuts in Social Security and Medicare and more funding for pre-school. He claims his new budget will reduce the deficit by 1.8 trillion over the next decade.

This from a President who hasn't been able to pass a budget, keep a promise, or improve the economy. This from a President whose idea for cutting costs is to stop giving tours of the White House. This from a President who has added more to the deficit than all of the previous Presidents combined.

Obama describes rich people and corporations as selfish and greedy, but his tax policies give new meaning to the word greedy. No tax is too high when it comes to Obama's "hope and change" programs to fundamentally change the country. After all to listen to him it's only "fair" for the rich to pay more so the government can decide exactly how to distribute it.

There is no doubt that there are still people who are suffering in this country, but we have waged a "war on poverty" for decades with no real progress. It's not that we shouldn't be concerned about the poor but government programs to help reduce poverty have all failed. Improving the economy will do more to help the poor than any government handout. Just look at the fraud and abuse that runs rampant in these programs.

And whenever the left wants to increase taxes they always find a way to say it is to improve our children's education. The proven result is that the money goes to bureaucrats, administrators and unions, not to the classroom. Our children are falling further behind every year. If they really are concerned about our children then they would be working to reduce the crushing debt that our children will inherit because of their failed policies.

All of these causes have become a way to sell higher taxes. Higher taxes to fund a greedy government machine that is bloated with bureaucrats that tell you why you don't qualify for the latest handout, how you haven't paid your fair share of taxes, or why you can't use your own private property in some way. In other words, a government that is compelled to find new ways to restrict your personal freedom.

Each administration piles layer on layer of new rules and exemptions to the tax code until not even the IRS can understand the code.

What we really need isn't higher taxes on the rich or elimination of the loopholes. What we need is a new and simpler tax code. One that is truly fair. One that doesn't pit neighbor against neighbor. One that doesn't require a lawyer or tax accountant to figure out what we owe.

The only reason our tax code is so complicated is because our politicians made it that way. They use this complicated system to divide us and control us. The tax law should apply to every citizen - equally. The theory that we need a "progressive tax rate" to protect the poor has become the Achilles heal of our income tax system. Because the income tax as currently constructed doesn't raise enough money to fund the government, the politicians and bureaucrats must find other ways to tax us. The result is a complicated system of hidden taxes on everything. Those taxes drive up the cost of everything from groceries and gas to telephones, entertainment even medical care. The result is a continuing class warfare that drives us apart.

We need to fund our government, but the current system is not working. It is time for a complete overhaul of this broken and dysfunctional way of funding our government. A system where every citizen contributes equally.

Consider that as you review your income tax return this week.

Bill Forhan can be reached at 509-548-5286 or

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