Vote for any of the current GOP candidates that are offering tax cuts as part of their economic plan.
47% of voters pay no income taxes. In 1984 it was only 18%. Over the years that number steadily increased under both Democrats and Republicans. We’ve reached the point where creating more non-taxpaying voters will tip us over the edge.
Most of the current GOP candidates have a tax plan based around the current system that includes another big tax cut for workers, which will cause the number of non-taxpaying voters to inch up a few percentage points. In the past that hasn’t been a significant problem—going from 18% to 25% didn’t affect society too much. But now we’re talking about going from 47 to 51, 53, or even 55%.
Voters that don’t have to worry about where the money comes from vote for the party that promises the most government freebies: the Democratic Party. At 55%, the Democrats would become a permanent majority in congress. They would surely take us down the path of becoming a European style socialist state. Barak Obama’s vision of America’s future would become a reality.
The only way to stop this is to get more people, not less, more of the 47% involved in paying taxes. That’s going to be a tough sell for conservatives. Let’s be blunt, for the 47% that doesn’t pay anything now, it’s a tax increase.
But we’ve got to do it. The alternative is just unacceptable. We can only hope there are still enough thoughtful people that care more about their country than themselves.
Which of the GOP candidates now have a plan that would accomplish this?
- Herman Cain’s 999 plan would.
- Rick Perry is supposed to unveil a tax plan that involves scrapping the tax code and replacing it with a flattened income tax that broadens the base. That would work also (if it actually turns out to be what we’re hearing, but we’ll give him the benefit of the doubt till we hear otherwise).
- Newt Gingrich has a dual plan that involves the creating a flat income tax to exist alongside the current system. It might work, depending on how it’s implemented.
One definite (Cain), one probably (Perry), and one maybe with a few changes (Gingrich). That’s it. If this is an issue that is important to you, than these are your three choices in the GOP primary.
Mitt Romney, Michele Bachmann, and Rick Santorum all have plans based on the current tax structure, all their plans involve big personal income tax cuts, and all will create move voters that pay zero in income taxes. These are your 55% candidates. If you are concerned about the number of non-taxpaying voters, you can’t vote for these candidates; you just can’t.
This is the keystone issue of this election. If we don’t get this problem corrected, it won’t matter what else we do. Once we reach the tipping point of non-taxpaying voters, we will hand the keys of the government to the Democrats permanently--and down the road we'll go.
Yes I know it’s going to be a tough sell, but the alternative it tougher.