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Friday, March 20, 2009

What the Government Giveth, the Government Taketh Away

In February, the Democrat-controlled Congress passed and President Obama signed into law the $787 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. This past week, insurance giant AIG used $165 million of that money to give bonuses to employees. Yesterday, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to tax those bonuses at 90%.

Understand that I share the outrage that a huge majority of Americans feel over bailout money being used to hand out millions of dollars in employee bonuses. The purpose of this post is not to suggest that the bonuses were an appropriate use of tax money. I will say, however, that this 90% tax should be a warning to all. It shows very clearly that when government is involved in handing out money, government is in control of that money, and government can take it away at any time.

Here's an idea: instead of handouts, to businesses or individuals, how about simply lowering taxes on businesses and individuals. Let private business and private citizens keep and control more of their own money, and let them run their own businesses and their own lives. Let the American people stimulate the economy. Let the government work for the people once again, not the other way around.


Blogger SkyePuppy said...

Oh no! We can't let citizens keep and control more of their own money!!! Why, they might do something conservative with it!

11:57 PM  

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