At no other time is the burden of taxation more apparent than Tax Day. On Tax Day, many are forced to accept the fact that their resources are never safe from the greedy hands of government. Not only do these taxpayers have to give away their money or risk government retribution, they have to conform to an enormous, cumbersome 71,684 page tax code that is, to say the least, extremely stressful to maneuver. Tax day stresses can even be harmful for your health, and in a way more direct than, say, stress-induced ulcers or anxiety attacks. Researchers from the University of Toronto recently found that the amount of fatal auto accidents actually increases on tax day due to stresses afflicting taxpayers.
So what can a disillusioned, stressed out taxpayer hang their hopes on? Taxpayers should take refuge in the idea of limited government, and in the best known advocate of reducing the size and scope of government: Texas Rep. and 2012 presidential candidate Ron Paul.
To Paul, the expansion of America’s tax code and the stressful burden it places on individuals is a consequence of a government that feels obliged to permeate the private sphere of society with its influence. Whether government is subsidizing one of its favored industries, doling out contracts to its favorite cronies, or financing a government official’s right to “pawty’ (at least when the Beasty Boys were fighting for their right it wasn’t subsidized by taxpayer money), the money is coming from tax payers like you and me.
Moreover, by running up a debt of over $15 trillion, Paul notes that society is charged with an inflation tax that boosts prices for consumers as the Federal Reserve prints money to pay the government’s ever increasing bills that politicians fail to raise through taxation.
Paul’s presidential platform, which includes putting an end to the Fed and reducing the burden on taxpayers by limiting government, is resonating with voters more than ever. At a time when Americans are increasingly feeling the weight of an expanding government, Paul’s message of limited government is becoming ever more salient.
Paul’s steadfast devotion to limiting the size of government, both in terms of limiting government’s role in society and limiting the amount of taxpayer money government is able to extract from taxpayers to achieve that narrowed role, is what is needed to take the pain out of Tax Day. Taxpayers should be comforted that there is at least Dr. Paul in Washington, DC to look after their interest. And after Paul’s success in the 2012 presidential elections as compared to his earlier runs, it seems that more people are taking notice.