During last Saturday's Republican debate, Ted Cruz had a couple of things to say about taxes.
My tax plan, typical family of four. First $36,000 you earn you pay nothing in taxes. No income taxes. No payroll taxes. No nothing. Above 10% everyone pays the same simple flat 10% income rate. It’s flat and fair. You can fill out your taxes on a postcard and we abolish the I.R.S. And if you wanna see the postcard, I’ve got it on– on my website.
|Here's Cruz's "postcard". I had to spend more than ten minutes clicking through |
a dozen links to find this on his website. It was an unwholesome experience.
You're welcome, Internet.
So here's my question. If you abolish the IRS, then who collects the postcard? Who pays out the refunds and collects the taxes? What if you refuse to pay the taxes you owe; who enforces the law? What if you take too many deductions or not enough? What if there's a math error? I don't think Ted has thought this through.
Speaking of his website, I also came across this lovely bit of dream policy he wants to impose.
V. HIRING FREEZE AND REDUCTION
Reduce costs by instituting a hiring freeze and federal pay reforms.
- Put in place a hiring freeze of federal civilian employees across the executive branch.
- For those agencies in which it is determined that a vacant position needs to be filled, I will authorize the hiring of a maximum ratio of one person for every three who leave.
- Reduce the annual across-the-board adjustment for federal civilian pay so that rather than receiving automatic yearly raises, federal workers would have more opportunities for merit-based pay increases.
With regards to the third bullet, there are merit-based pay increases. Duh. Also, the annual "automatic" yearly raises are dependent on Congress passing them and for the last several years the raises have been zero or just over one percent, way less than inflation. So it would be difficult to reduce them. Maybe we'd have to pay a penalty back to the government?
And as far as the second bullet, this is Ted Cruz's plan to screw up the government so he can kill even more agencies. If my Agency could only hire one person for every three who leave, we'd be out of business within a couple of years. And the millions of Americans who depend on us would be out of luck. F*ck you, Ted Cruz.
Ted also said this:
And one of the things that’s critical . . . abolishing the death tax, which is cruel and unfair.The "death tax" is, of course, Republican-speak for the Estate Tax. The point of the estate tax is to take idle money, sitting in the accounts of recently deceased millionaires and billionaires, and reclaim some of that wealth. This tax generates billions of dollars each year and stimulates the economy as that money is reintroduced into the economy.
If we don't have such a tax, then the rich pass all of their money down to their children, and their children, and their children, and that money is basically removed from the economy forever. Bill Gates can't possibly spend his tens of billions of wealth in his lifetime, nor could his descendants for hundreds of years. The estate tax is to reduce the effects of all that wealth leaving the economy and reduce the chances of a permanent, wealthy aristocracy. You know, the kind of system we rebelled against in 1776?
And because these ultra-rich folk have to pay some additional taxes when they die, Ted Cruz calls it "cruel and unfair."
Yeah, so cruel. So unfair.