Posted on | February 22, 2012 | 13 Comments
Looking at “Obama approaches the key 50% mark” at Legal Insurrection, I’m wondering: given all the class warfare grief it brings on, as well as the opportunity for graft, what is the argument in favor of the temporary income tax again?
It’s not like taxing income is some key input to balancing a budget. We no longer have serious budget input from the executive, or input at all from the Senate. And even in the old days when we had budgets, it’s not like any party in power really balanced them–I’m not sure Newt’s claims to have balanced the budget aren’t delivered without significant mental gymnastics. Let’s say the budget isn’t balanced in any over-all, common sense sort of way.
So, other than keeping a few thousand IRS agents off the street, and the ‘industry’ that’s grown up in tracking the Byzantine hijinks of the tax code, just what is this monstrosity doing for us, again?
One of my most productive days was throwing away 1000 lines of code.
Load the shotguns and start pumping rounds into this tax code, say I. Its undead existence cannot continue.