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What’s Wrong With Our Tax System?

May 26, 2013

Huffington Post recently published a chart which, according to them, “… Reveals Just How Grossly Unfair The U.S. Tax System Has Become“.

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The article was particularly interested in comparing the tax revenues generated from the Corporate Income Tax returns to those coming from either the Individual Income Tax Returns or those from Payroll Taxes in general.  The problem with this approach is that it evidences the very same structural problem in methodology that is to be seen in so many other areas of study.  The problem of which I speak is the propensity to allow the introduction and acceptance of certain precepts as being true in order that the related paradigm also be accepted as “self-evident” without the necessity of proving any of the foundational premises as being true in and of themselves.

In the case of tax revenues and how and why the system may have become “grossly unfair” the problem lies in the fact that the article begins by assuming that the pro-offered paradigm defines reality and that the extent of the problem is confined to answering the question of  how best to ensure that “fairness” is best reintroduced into the present system.  Consider the following……

1.  91 per cent of the Federal Tax Revenues in 2010 came from sources which were unconstitutional prior to the Sixteenth Amendment.

2.  “Payroll Taxes” refer to revenues which are best defined as “trust funds”.  Consider the ramifications.

3.  Expand your horizons.  False dichotomies are all around  you.

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