I'd long thought the the size and scope of the federal government was a problem. It requires a lot of money to have the expansive state that we do. But Americans love it. They want huge, inefficient social welfare programs. They want a military that is involved throughout the world. They don't want a single cut in any program, no matter how redundant or wasteful it is. What's more, they're generally on board with huge expansions in the scope of government, such as Obamacare with its attendant mandates dictating how businesses should be managed.
And if Americans love the expansive state, why shouldn't they have to pay for it? One of the things I've found annoying in recent years is that my children will be forced to pay for the programs that current voters create and support.
I'm beginning to think that tax rates should be raised as high as possible to make the current voters begin to pay for the real cost of what they support.
These things cost money. Why shouldn't we pay for them with larger portions of our income?
And if people thought the cost was too much, maybe, just maybe, they'd have a different view about whether their big government plans were as good as they previously thought.