Why income tax is worth celebrating

  • Article by: Molly Michelmore , Special to the Washington Post
  • Updated: February 18, 2013 - 8:59 PM

Taxes pay for the good roads, clean air and water, safe food and drugs, a strong military and so much of what Americans value.

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ruphinaFeb. 19, 1312:26 AM

The U.S. Constitution promises to “insure domestic tranquility,” to “provide for the common defense” and to “promote the general welfare.” All true. Unfortunately, the Democrats have a problem in their ability to read. They think it says to PROVIDE the general welfare. Bill G.

danpinkFeb. 19, 13 1:06 AM

I hate to disagree with a professor of American history, but it was Ronald Reagan who insisted that if we paid less in taxes, it would stimulate the economy, and the government would actually take in more money. Therefore, he planted the idea in Americans' heads that they could have all the government services they want without having to pay for it. This got us in the mess we are in today. Ike never asked to severely restrict the government's income, nor did Nixon. Thanks for nothing, Ron!

ayersFeb. 19, 13 4:50 AM

Wow danpink what a horrid rewrite of history. Reagans tax cuts spurred an economic growth so enormous it lasted through Clintons Whitehouse. When those cuts were put into place the US was experiencing double digit inflation, double digit unemployment and home mortgages were 18%. Government revenues skyrocketed. What killed the plan was his concession to accept the dems enormous spending increases in order to get the tax cuts he wanted. That got us in the mess we are in today! Complete and udder lack of responsible spending by our elected officials in an effort to buy your vote. Seems to have worked on you.

swans999Feb. 19, 13 6:19 AM

Fine with me. Lets pay for that and cut the rest of government!

odinmanFeb. 19, 13 6:58 AM

"Taxes pay for the good roads, clean air and water, safe food and drugs, and strong military that Americans value". **** Yes. Who could be against any of this stuff? Problem is our federal government does not limit income tax dollars to just these things. Uncle Sam has his nose in everything now and he is broke because of it.

kleindropperFeb. 19, 13 7:03 AM

Taxes are awesome! It's just too bad so few of us are paying any these days.

merkinFeb. 19, 13 7:10 AM

Actually Reagan never cut taxes. He cut the tax rate, but at the same time closed loop holes and eliminated deductions. This meant people and businesses paid more taxes even though the rate was lower.

Sorry to burst people's bubble about him, but there's the reality.

merkinFeb. 19, 13 7:12 AM

Ruphina, Democrats don't think the government should provide for people's general welfare, they think it should provide for a minimal safety net. Your straw man wasn't very well constructed.

tupelohoneyFeb. 19, 13 7:22 AM

Taxes are necessary. Unfortunately, the constitution has been distorted and people actually believe that taxes are a mechanism for government to make everything fair through redistribution, to buy votes through entitlements or reward donors through subsidies.

Note that I did not blame one party or another for this and you can poke NO all day long, but you cannot deny these truths.

pumiceFeb. 19, 13 7:23 AM

Re: "[Democrats] think it says to PROVIDE the general welfare." See Article 1, Section 8, ruphina. See also Supreme Court rulings which put the onus on Congress to decide how to PROVIDE for the general welfare because that's what Article I, Section 8 says.


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