Property Taxes Should be Abolished in Favor of a Broader Based Consumption Tax

Should those who have never worked and paid taxes be able to vote to increase taxes on those of us who do?

Property Taxes Should be Abolished in Favor of a Broader Based Consumption Tax
By Allen Tharp

By Allen Tharp

There was a farmer in Venezuela who worked for years from sunup to sundown so he could afford a farm that would provide sustenance to him and his family. After he acquired the farm, he worked every day, all day, along with his family, to grow crops to sell at market. He worked harder than many and made more than many, so Hugo Chavez decided to take his farm and subdivide it so that others, who had not invested the years and resources and sweat that he had invested, could also enjoy having their own farms.

Chavez was kind enough to let the farmer keep one of the small plots that had been subdivided from his previously much larger farm, so that he could live along side his newfound neighbors on their small plots that were just like his. Those newcomers who had just had the plots given to them lived right along side the farmer who had worked his entire life to develop all of the land. They all reaped the same benefits from their parcels, regardless of their investment, efforts, or previous rights to ownership. Those who were given to by the government of Chavez were pleased, but the farmer who was taken from was extremely unhappy. He felt so strongly that he deserved to keep what he had worked for all his life that he protested the injustice and demanded his rights.  This landed him in jail where he went on a hunger strike and finally died.

This situation got me to thinking about how hard we have worked here in this country to protect our land. Our property has always been considered as sacrosanct and something to be defended with our lives. But somehow we have been conditioned over the years to accept that it is ok for the government to take almost half of everything else we work hard for throughout the year and then distribute that wealth to many who have chosen not even to work.  If I choose to work longer hours during the week and extra hours on the weekend and live within my means, is it fair to take part of my earnings to give to someone else who chose not to?

Perhaps we should feel the same way about someone forcing us to redistribute our well-earned wealth as we do about someone forcing us to relinquish some of our property. This is true even if a larger and larger group has their handout and thinks they deserve what we worked for because the government has created this dependent class with an entitlement mentality.

George Bernard Shaw said, “A government who robs Peter to pay Paul can always count on the support of Paul.”

Should those who do not own property be able to vote to increase taxes on those of us who do?

Should those who have never worked and paid taxes be able to vote to increase taxes on those of us who do?

Already 47% of all voters do not pay any income taxes.  This dilemma will become more and more troubling as we move closer to the tipping point when we have more zero liability voters than tax-paying voters in the electorate.

Property tax reform is possible here in Texas and needs to be one of our goals for this legislative session. Lt. Governor Dan Patrick appointed Senator Paul Bettencourt (SD7) as chairman of the Select Committee on Property Tax Reform and Relief. Senator Bettencourt is a great choice for this post and gives us cause to be optimistic.

The Texas Public Policy Foundation is also actively pursuing property tax reform. They believe as I do that property taxes should be abolished in favor of a broader based consumption tax.

Allen Tharp is President of the San Antonio Tea Party.

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One Response to "Property Taxes Should be Abolished in Favor of a Broader Based Consumption Tax"

  1. Mary Elaine Bandy  April 20, 2016 at 12:27 pm

    A fact no media have ever stressed: A debate between Trump and Hillary will end up being personal jabs. Like “Your past is worse than my Past.”
    Ted Cruz V Hillary will be a very smart, well informed, well spoken, young family man with experienced in real debating and standing up to the establishment, against a woman with
    a horrible record as Senator and Sec of State, from a generation of the past. .

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