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Mike Lee on Tax Reform

 


Taxes are necessary but inherently impinge on liberty

Taxes are necessary because they fund the operations of government. But the collection of taxes inherently impinges on taxpayers' property rights and undermines their individual liberty. Many taxpayers are required to spend MONTHS every year working, in effect, for the government. And when people pay taxes, they typically forfeit property & liberty that, once taken, will not and cannot be returned.

Thus, ANY law creating a government program that costs money--as essentially ALL government programs do- diminishes the liberty and property interests of taxpayers. Any time the taxpayer spends working for money that goes to the government is time the taxpayers can't spend [doing what he wants]. My point here is simple: government spending INEVITABLY interferes with liberty & property. Consequently, legislators at all levels of government should constantly ask themselves whether each expenditure they authorize can be justified in light of its impact on the liberty and property interests of taxpayers.

Source: The Freedom Agenda, by Sen. Mike Lee, p. 21 , Jul 18, 2011

Supports the FairTax and the flat tax

With 50% of wage earners paying little or no taxes, too many voters have no "skin in the game"--and no reason to question new government programs that are funded by the real taxpayers. Until we reform the tax code to give all Americans a stake in their government (through the fair or flat tax), Congress will continue to adopt new entitlements, new bailouts, and new relief programs.
Source: 2010 Senate campaign website, www.mikelee2010.com, "Issues" , Jul 19, 2010

Adopt a single-rate tax system.

Lee signed the Contract From America

The Contract from America, clause 4. Enact Fundamental Tax Reform:

Adopt a simple and fair single-rate tax system by scrapping the internal revenue code and replacing it with one that is no longer than 4,543 words--the length of the original Constitution.

Source: The Contract From America 10-CFA04 on Jul 8, 2010

Repeal tax hikes in capital gains and death tax.

Lee signed the Contract From America

The Contract from America, clause 10. Stop the Tax Hikes:

Permanently repeal all tax hikes, including those to the income, capital gains, and death taxes, currently scheduled to begin in 2011.

Source: The Contract From America 10-CFA10 on Jul 8, 2010

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