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The U.S. tax code is a tangled mass of complexity, containing more than 9 million words. The immense difficulty in navigating such a document creates endless loopholes and opportunities for abuse by well-connected insiders, while at the same time distorting investment decisions and hindering economic growth. It’s time to scrap the code and replace it with one that is low, flat, fair and honest. Ultimately, all Americans should be able to file their taxes on a form the size of a postcard.
This week, I decided to research the Farm Bill to write a little bit about some of the “reforms” House Republicans who support the bill are so proud of. The CBO estimates savings of $35 billion over the next ten years (vs. the current baseline). The CBO is also notorious for underestimating costs, and it looks like this time won’t be any different.
The FreedomCast - Can the GOP Become the Party of the People?
As part of the complex montrosity known as Obamacare, people signing up for health insurance can have the help of Navigators - people with little training or experience wading through the most complex law ever passed. The manual for the program describes a system that will lead to privacy violations, personal embarrassment, and identity theft.
The IRS, in its zeal to block the legal political activity of conservative groups, has still not come clean. The agency is out of control, and needs serious reform, and ought to be shuttered, its services provided in some other way.
The recent spate of scandals involving the federal government should not surprise anyone. While it's important that bad actors in government be held to account, the system corrupts even the best people. If all that comes of this exposed corruption is the firing of a few public employees, nothing will change, and those seeking power over their fellow man will be emboldened.
Paying taxes isn’t fun. For the average American, it often requires special software or an accountant to find all the obscure deductions and exemptions. Unfortunately for Apple, they got in trouble for doing essentially the same thing. They chose to wisely look at the law and arrange their money in such a way that legally lowered their tax burden.
A weak narrative pushed by administration allies that the IRS was merely doing its job in investigating Tea Party groups in 2010 through 2012 has been all but abandoned, now. Facts having intervened, and it looks like the Obama administration will throw some IRS staff under the bus and hope the scandal ends. It won't, because the problem is not that people were weak, but that government is too strong.