The annual April Fool’s joke remains that some taxpayers actually expect the income tax process to change with just modest tweaking. Throwaway lines come and go; elected officials poke and prod the IRS; some use the IRS to beat their political opponents like baby seals; and the cycle continues. As we continue to watch this horror movie, we should keep in mind that the ending can only change if the cast of characters becomes, not ghouls and fools, but fearless advocates for the sort of efficient government that escaped even the best attempts of President Ronald Reagan. As we face the presidential election of 2016, it is high time to analyze our priorities.

The tea party sorts have the right idea but their brand is in shreds, as some of their more vocal advocates have demonstrated the utmost inability to give an “elevator speech” with a smile. The right reform advocates may be camera shy, but we must believe that they will surface before the government explodes like Mr. Creosote did in Monty Python’s famous sketch. As we have advocated for years, we have to look at tax reform in a positive light; we must be as certain of our cause as we are equally determined to persevere. Sacred cows belong in India, not in American politics — and we must come up with moral standards that can stand the test of time. When we realize that we can survive with a simple tax code with highly limited deductions, we can garner more political support.

More have come around to our dual tax system, but not enough. Recall that we favor a flat tax of roughly 12 percent for all income above more than $50,000 per year, but we also advocate a four percent national sales tax on all retail transactions, excluding food and medicine. Sharp public policy minds will give us reasons for these numbers to shift slightly, but the concepts should remain firm.

The underground economy, through a small national sales tax, will finally contribute to running this country. National GPD will rise as more IRS employees get in the public sector and some tax prep firms shed numbers and find work that lifts all boats. Citizens will spend less time on tax compliance and avoidance and put more productive hours in the day. As a nation, we will have more time for volunteer pursuits that keep our fellow citizens off of the dole.

Spreading the money around or redistributing the wealth only serves to slow our national economic progress, draining capital from those who have the ability and brains to invest in our future. Our national interests demand that we kill socialism in our public policy. We must be fiscally robust and lean for our work ahead. Otherwise, we cannot defeat global terrorism, check the adventures of the Russians and the Chinese, take care of our essential national infrastructure and protect our natural resources. The safety net for citizens should be geared toward the truly needy and remain more reliant on faith-based charities.

Again, we must have elected officials who are wed to the positive aspects of reform and less interested in demeaning those who waste tax dollars. It requires discipline to stay on message and avoid the traps of complaining about “welfare queens” and “immigrant hoards.” Candidates lose when they start pounding on human beings other than terrorists and other sworn enemies. Let’s inspire a fire in the belly for the issues, not for making scapegoats of those the left manipulates consistently. Solid citizenship is not for those shackled to leisure, as it requires plenty of reading and thinking as well as just simply showing up to meetings. Nonetheless, our Founding Fathers demonstrated that an educated and inspired band of citizens could have a vigorous debate and craft a constitutional republic that could withstand the most radical leftist leadership in its history.   

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