Government Revenue and Politics
Updated: Feb 7
On the About page, I mention how The Next Step is politically addresses the Left and Right. With elections in many places coming up soon, it's worth bringing this to light.
My thought is that taxation is not really a form of politics. It's a form of revenue. So is non-tax revenue. Politics is about persuasion and either convincing people to do things a certain way or (usually) forcing them to do things a certain way. It is, essentially, game of power. Government funding, on the other hand, is not a game. It's a real thing. It's paid for by real people. It affects real people in real ways. And, it doesn't matter if that person is a Democrat, Republican, Liberal, Conservative, or any other kind of persuasion. It's going to happen one way or another. Government revenue isn't just the realm of politics. It's the realm of real life. It's actually blind to the Left/Right spectrum that dominates political culture. It just funds, or doesn't fund.
The two biggest parties in America, for example, are example of this and all others fall into the same line somewhere along the way. Democrats are all too willing to toss another tax onto your lap, when they could pursue non-tax revenue sources instead. Republicans are all about cutting taxes, but never have a plan on how they are going to back-fill that missing revenue for programs they want (defense/immigration/etc.), then scramble to do that with another tax instead of a non-tax revenue alternative.
Wouldn't it be nice if, regardless of ideology, we had more revenue solutions that enabled more empowerment? Wouldn't it be nice if we had revenue solutions that left more money in everyone's pocket, no matter what party someone belonged to and no matter what class of society they were?
Unfortunately, this isn't something you are likely to see on the ballet box, but it should be. But, that doesn't mean it's a lost cause. Governments are collecting non-tax revenue right now! Non-tax alternatives are providing revenue for governments, while doing so without forcing everyone to pay for something they don't want in the quantity they don't want. It's not perfect, but it is the only solution that addresses both sides of the political divide, without completely ignoring the other. The whole of that divide is the actual truth. The point on each side exists for a reason.
The question is, how much more should this happen? Should something like this be part of a candidate's campaign?
I think you know the answer.