So I annoyed a liberal

Last week, my column dealt with taxation, and how it is very excessive in America.

Some people did not like my take, among them Justin Fletcher, who wrote a letter-to-the-editor of the Daily Beacon, arguing that my logic is flawed. Fletcher claims that taxing the rich can be used to employ people in government jobs, and trashes me for ignoring this fact in my column. He’s right, I didn’t mention this in my article, but I excluded it because that falls under the category of Keynesian economics, which is a philosophy I oppose. Generally, and this can be demonstrated through volumes of empirical evidence, when a job can be filled by a private company instead of through government employees, it is almost always better to do so. The idea that Fletcher is supporting (though he doesn’t say so) is socialism. Socialism can work well, if you don’t mind the mass murder it often results in.

My critic closes with the following gem, “I also find it ironic that a student of a public university would have such a disdain for the taxes that make his education possible.” I never once said I opposed funding education. In fact, I clearly said I did not think all taxes should be abolished. Yes, it’s true that I would like to see the federal government take a much less intrusive role in public education (turning it over to state and local governments).

The insinuation behind Fletcher’s statement is that since I benefit from taxation, I should love it. But this is a flawed argument. I (and everyone) have benefited from wars (the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, and WWII, to name a few). They have made my freedom possible. Does that mean that I should love war? Am I hypocrite if I don’t?

Taxation is a necessary evil, but it is far more excessive than it should be. Anyone who claims otherwise is simply blind by choice.

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