Let’s do a sanity check on taxpaying.
People on the Right of the political spectrum tend to believe in small government and low taxes, and although they mostly pay what they legally owe (being polite law-abiding types for the most part) they tend to be quite determined about not paying any more than that.
In this regard, their behaviour matches their rhetoric – they say they want small government and so they only pay enough to fund the smallest government they can.
People on the Left………………are a bit less consistent.
They tend to believe in bigger government and higher taxes, and are often quite vocal about how profoundly they believe in them, but HMRC are notably failing to report large number of Lefties ever paying lots of extra taxes – they say they want bigger government but are strangely also only paying enough to fund the smallest government they can.
In fact, there has even been some embarrassing stories of prominent Lefties using every trick in the book to avoid paying even what they owe by law.
Well, those on the Left argue that it will only really help our society if everyone pays higher taxes, but that’s obviously not true – every penny counts. An extra £100 donated to your local council may not solve poverty at a stroke, but as your local council will tell you it will pay for a homeless person to be homed for a couple of nights. Or for a new pen.
So that’s a puzzle – Lefties surely admit that every penny counts? They tell us that it’s a moral act to pay more taxes and that everyone should do it, and that the State spends our money wisely and in a moral manner, yet they seemingly refuse to cough up………….until everyone does?
Perhaps it’s too difficult or unrewarding to just write a cheque to their local council to alleviate poverty and suffering in their home town? Or perhaps they live in nice big houses in wealthy areas where there is no local suffering, and they are uncertain where the extra money should be sent?
No, I think they just want the State to keep incompetently trying to solve poverty and are trying to get everyone to pay for that bumbling effort, so that the financial burden of their misguided moral crusade can be shared by the rest of the taxpaying population – even those who oppose bigger government and the poor themselves!
In this regard, the Lefties are doubly dishonest – refusing to support their own cause unless every penny they pay will be matched by several pennies stolen from those who oppose it or cannot afford it.
Of course they will sometimes fall back on their secondary argument, that it’s not FAIR to expect them to pay for more and more incompetent bumbling by the State, unless everyone else is forced to pay for it too.
Whereas the rest of us might argue that it’s not FAIR that we have to pay more to fund the government incompetence that Lefties love so much, especially if they are unwilling to even get the ball rolling?
Of course we must hold ourselves to the same standards – if we will insist they must pay more for their vision of the world, then surely we must promise to pay as little as possible, in pursuit of ours?