As a liberal newbie here, I’ve seen a lot of rhetoric from the right that members of the caravan are invading our country for “government cheese”. I’ve seen just as much from the left that says “No, no, they’re fleeing violence and seeking to build a better, safer life.” The truth, as is always the case, lies somewhere in the middle. But it got me thinking.
I direct this serious query mostly to the right-leaning members of the forum, whose political viewpoint I think can be fairly stated as “No more taxation than is absolutely necessary.” It seems clear to me that the left/right dispute in this area revolves around “more” and “necessary”. So I ask for your opinions, focused at the 5,000-foot level:
- What federal taxes should be collected?
- From what entities (businesses, individuals), and in what proportion?
- For which purposes?
I intend absolutely no snark here. I’m genuinely curious as to e.g. whether a business owner (or corporation) should be taxed on business income; whether environmental regulation and protection (which costs money) is a legitimate government function; whether single-payer healthcare should be OK only for senior citizens (because Medicare existed long before this question) or for all citizens (or not at all).