“Please Donate More Taxes.” Norway Says NoWay

Voluntary Tax Plan Brings in a Whopping $1325.


Taxpayers in Norway have said No Way to a new plan allowing people who think their taxes are too low to make voluntary additional payments to the treasury. It hasn’t exactly been a rousing success.

imageIn June, even in a country of 5.3 million citizens, the plan brought in a total of $1325, probably from some Norwegian who had imbibed too much at a Viking party. He probably shouted the Norwegian equivalent of “I love you man!” as he wrote the check.

The message from this fiasco is clear. While we hear all the time that taxes need to increase to pay for government programs, what these smug, bleeding hearts really mean is something very different.

The hypocrisy of the “contribute more in taxes” crowd is hard to deny. They don’t mean themselves. They mean you. You should volunteer more money in order to pay for their favorite programs. And, if you don’t, then you’re greedy and uncaring.

I recently wrote about the fiscal crisis facing the state of Illinois. They have a $15 billion deficit this year. The state is facing insolvency and all that goes along with that.

My suggestion was to find a mere 15,000 caring lovers of big government to donate just one million dollars apiece to the state’s coffers. There must be that many rich folks across the nation ready to put their money where their mouth is, right?

imageIf that’s a nonstarter, maybe 15 million supporters of big government would find it in their hearts to send off a check for a measly $1,000. With more than 150 million working adults in the U.S., that means only one out of ten would need to chip in. That should be an easy goal to reach, don’t you think?

The fact is, as Norway’s example demonstrates so vividly, it just won’t happen. People across the planet almost universally believe their individual taxes are too high. But, because they “care so much about the plight of others”, they’re more than willing to have the money of others confiscated to pay for it.

They love to volunteer ideas for new government programs. They love to attack the greedy ones who don’t want more spending on such things. They rail against any trimming of government spending. They just hate contributing anything personally to the cause.

That’s only fair, isn’t it?

News Source – Bloomberg.com


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