What Is Fair? | Lee Wrights 2014

In “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” Sally asks Charlie Brown to write a letter to Santa Claus for her. She dictates, “I have been extra good this year, so I have a long list of presents that I want … send as many as possible. If it seems too complicated, make it easy on yourself: just send money. http://imdb.to/5IfOVa

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She concludes, “All I want is what I have coming to me. All I want is my fair share.” We laugh at that line because we understand what Sally really means. She doesn’t want merely what she thinks is due her, she wants more than the other guy. We laugh because we understand this really isn’t her “fair share.”

When politicians talk about fairness they’re just like Sally writing to Santa Claus. They don’t mean “equal,” they mean “let someone else pay.” When the president and his supporters allege that “the rich” don’t pay their “fair share” in taxes, what they are really saying is that the rich should pay more.

It’s not surprising that those who pose as our political leaders resort to the Orwellian tactic of reversing the meaning of words. It’s merely one tactic used throughout the ages by ruling elites to pit one group against another in order to maintain the grip on power. It’s a valuable instrument for catering to the masses by giving them entitlements in exchange for their votes. In other words, buying their votes using their own money that was forcefully taken from them.

Only Libertarians have the courage to discuss the real issue. The entire federal tax system, particularity the income tax, is not only unfair to everyone, it is immoral and unsustainable. Rather than putting a band-aid on a sucking chest wound, we need major surgery. Rather than forcing one group to pay more, why not have everyone pay less? We can start by abolishing the income tax and replacing it with nothing.

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