Emmett Tyrrell

The very rich might be slobs or they might be living saints, but like everyone else, their taxes are not to be raised because they spend their money or invest their money in economic growth. They cannot help themselves. The way they spend or invest is always more efficient than the government. Money spent by the rich (and the middle class) leads to growth. Money spent by the government rarely leads to growth, and the following year the government has to come up with more money again.

Obamacare was sold to a gullible public in part with delusional claims that thousands of health care givers would be employed by the largess of the federal government. And who would employ them in the years ahead? If health care were paid for by private means, the health care givers would still be working in the years to come, and they would not be dependent on the government. Government is not a reliable source of funds. Ask a citizen of Greece or of Italy.

There is a way for Republicans to win the tax debate. They should say that all Americans know better how to invest and spend their money than the federal government. Then they should say that under Obama, the government is munching on up to 25 percent of the GDP. It should lower its intake back to the traditional 18 to 20 percent. No one can afford a government that consumes 25 percent of GDP.

Emmett Tyrrell

R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr. is founder and editor in chief of The American Spectator and co-author of Madame Hillary: The Dark Road to the White House.
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