One of the difficulties of protecting the planet earth is that the process is expensive. As a result, we often find ourselves asking people to protect the environment because it’s the right thing to do. As any economist will tell you, unfortunately, the only way to get people to consistently do something is to convince them it’s in their own self interest.
At the ProGressive Tax think tank, we know how to solve that.
First, let’s all get on the same page regarding how taxing works.
- We go out and make money to buy things, like clothes and cell phones.
- We also get things we don’t buy, like roads and schools.
- To pay for these things we don’t buy directly, the government takes some of our money and spreads it around.
- That’s the taxation system.
ProGressiveTax “ProPonents” aren’t concerned with how the money gets spread; those are games for politicians. We’re concerned with how the money gets collected. In short, here’s what we want to do: abolish the income tax and move all taxes to sales tax. We can collect the exact same amount of money, so nobody needs to be worried about whether they’re going to lose the help they need. That’s somebody else’s fight for another day.
We’re going to have some trouble with conservatives on this because the plan includes a direct onslaught on environmental waste. Since all taxes are moved to point of purchase, items can only be taxed once. As a result, all used goods will be sold tax free. This includes small items like chairs and larger items like houses. Since new goods will be taxed at a higher rate, there will be a market premium on refurbishing existing products. Immediately, the amount of disposable goods being produced will wane. Existing goods will be taken better care of and Mother Earth will have a bit less trash to throw away.
Ryil Adamson is the author of “The Best Looking One Always Wins,” which is the funniest political book ever written.
The ProGressive Tax, by the way, is not a real thing. I’m actually writing about the FairTax, which is led by a conservative group. If you are a liberal who liked it, perhaps you should check out the FairTax. If you are a conservative who was against the plan until you found out it wasn’t a liberal’s, you should check out the FairTax.