Why Harvey Golub should pay his taxes

by Gene Michael Stover

created Saturday, 2011-08-27 T 14:27:54Z
updated Saturday, 2011-08-27 T 14:27:54Z

In "his letter to the Wall Street Journal", Harvey Golub says that he resents paying taxes. Here are some reasons he should pay them without resentment.

  1. Start with the list of "102 Things NOT To Do If You Hate Taxes". Assuming that Mr Golub's income is as sizable as I would expect for someone who's had his employment history, many of the items on that list are of little concern to him (such as public transportation -- which is too bad for him), but some will be of even more interest to him than to the rest of us. For example, he probably has a sizable home & is thankful that police exist to stop intruders in his home.
  2. He should pay because none of us "earn" our money in a vacuum. This is especially true for people who earn a living by telling others what to do.
  3. He should pay, & pay more, because even Adam Smith was in favor of a progressive tax code when in "An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations" he said "It is not very unreasonable that the rich should contribute to the public expense, not only in proportion to their revenue, but something more than in that proportion."
  4. He should pay to set a good example for the grandchildren he mentions in his essay.
  5. He should pay because the government, the roads, the wires, the frequency bands, the land, the water, the air, & all the other resources belong to the People, & We say he should pay.
  6. He should pay because he's a caring person who wants to help others.

Mr Golub suggests that taxes, or at least higher taxes, could be paid voluntarily, but Mr Golub himself, with his under-appreciation of the society that contains him & of the importance of everyone else in it, is an example of why taxes aren't voluntary.