This weekend millions of American will not be watching their favorite sports teams on television. They will not be worrying about what to fix for dinner or how to spend a lazy Sunday afternoon. No, millions of Americans will be rushing to file their annual tax return. They will be immersed in a maze of complicated jargon and unending forms all so they can reach deep into their pockets and give Uncle Sam a little more of their hard earned money.
Under our current tax system, Americans are taxed from the day they are born until the day they die. We are taxed on what we earn and on what we spend. We are taxed on what we own and what we sell. We are taxed to pay for the services and protections government provides.
In 2001 and 2003, President Bush and a Republican-led Congress recognized that the American people deserved tax relief. By all accounts, this policy has paid off.
The current economy has grown at a rather substantial and consistent pace. Since 2003, 7.5 million new jobs have been created. Today, more Americans are buying homes and investing in their future. Business investment alone has increased for 15 straight quarters. The American people have shown remarkable success when government has allowed them to keep more of their hard-earned money.
In the not too distant future, however, millions of Americans will be saddled with the largest tax increase in our history. Under the budget proposal recently passed by a narrow majority in Congress, the federal government's budget balances itself with the help of a $400 billion tax increase that will hit middle-income families, low-income earners, families with children, small businesses, and American seniors. Massive tax increases will hurt the job growth this country has seen.
Many claim we must sustain high levels of spending because our nation's priorities demand it. This is unrealistic and it merely serves to justify high levels of taxation. It is based on the premise that any project may be labeled a priority and funded simply by digging deeper into the American people's wallets. And, it ignores our number one responsibility which is to be good stewards of the American people's money. Otherwise, we are abusing the generosity of the American people by justifying today's rampant spending with tomorrow's rampant taxation.
American businessmen, American families, and the individual American taxpayer deserve another way to pay for Washington's annual budget. Raising taxes is not the answer. It is a temporary solution to the permanent problem of government overexpansion. We simply must stop finding ways to pay for an ever bigger government.