I have been following what is going on in Washington for the last few weeks. I have concluded there is is a single, simple solution to all problems facing the country today. That solution is to transfer money from people and from business to the government. The transfers are in the forms of taxes, fees, fines, and bribes political contributions. Let me illustrate:
Global warming. Tax carbon, tax energy use.
Pollution. Tax pollution (carbon credit schemes). Tax and fine polluters.
Tobacco use. Tax tobacco products.
Unhealthy eating. Tax fast food and carbonated drinks.
Poverty. Tax achievers and give to the non-achievers. This includes all transfer payments, not just welfare.
Import/Export imbalances. Add duties and tariffs
Oil shortage. Tax oil and gas so less is used.
Health care. Tax everyone by forcing them to buy insurance from the government.
Poor schools. Tax homeowners and give the money to the schools.
Campaign fund shortage. If a politician needs a bribe campaign money, he can threaten in impose regulations on a certain industry or business. The bribes campaign contributions, will flow in in hopes he will call off the regulatory dogs.
Overstay your visa. Pay a fine.
Catch too many fish. Pay a fine.
Too Much profit. If a company makes more money than the government thinks it should, an excess profits tax.
Speeding. Traffic fine.
Gun control. Tax bullets.
Alcohol abuse. Sin tax.
Start a business. Pay license fees and business permits.
Not enough landfill to accommodate your community’s trash. Tipping fee.
My conclusion is if everyone and all businesses give all of their money to the government, all problems, large and small, will be solved. That seems to be the direction we are heading.