That’s the question that runs through my mind whenever I hear an elected official propose a new tax increase or a new tax simply because they haven’t fully grasped the notion of not spending more money than you have.
The latest elected official to suggest that the government needs to take even more of the people’s money is Atlanta City Councilman Jim Maddox:
Councilman Jim Maddox wants to tack on a $1 surcharge to tickets for professional sports events and major concerts held in the city.
The idea is to charge the fee on events held at large venues that seat thousands, such as the Georgia Dome, Turner Field, Philips Arena and Lakewood Amphitheater.
The city is facing a $140 million budget shortfall, and Mayor Shirley Franklin has proposed a property tax increase to help fill the gap.
Source: 5/23/2008 AJC article “Councilman pushes $1 surcharge on sports, concert tickets”
Whenever I hear about the lastest tax raising proposal from the government, I just roll my eyes and groan because I realize that if you or I ran our homes the way our elected officials run the government, we’d all be broke.
But with the government, it’s different. They can spend more money than they have and then go to the taxpayers and say, “We need some more of your money, so we’re going to take it.” The government can say your property is worth more than you could sell it for, so we’re going to charge you more taxes. And here’s the kicker for me…
…If you don’t pay your taxes, the government can access your bank accounts and take your money; the government can place a lien on your property and take your house; the government can even throw you in jail for not paying your taxes.
You know, I don’t think it’s too much to ask for the government, that forcibly takes our money, to be good fiscal stewards of it instead of spending every dime and then coming back to the taxpayers and forcibly taking a little more.
Folks, I can officially say without a shadow of a doubt that government is not the solution to the problem. Government is the problem.