This year I’m having a déjà foo.
I remember learning in high school social studies that the maximum income tax then was 90 percent! I was stunned! Over the years I watched President Kennedy reduce the max tax to 62 percent. In 1989 Reagan reduced the max-tax to 28 percent. Tax Creep rose then George W. Bush knocked it back to 30 percent after the 9/11 depression and now, President Trump has used tax relief to lift a chronic economy out of stagnation.
It is an old cycle.
Lately some politicians have proposed socialism as a future for America whereas max-taxes of 70 percent and 90 percent are demanded. But do you think well-off Americans will pay these exorbitant taxes? OF COURSE NOT! This is America! A good businessman will call his lawyers, accountants and brokers to invest his money back into his own business, donate to charities, buy bonds, etc. — all TAX EXEMPT!
In the ’70s they bought cattle feed in advance, they bought barges, railroad cars, built apartments, bought farmland, funded construction and invested their money back into the private sector. They preferred to choose how to invest their own money themselves rather than hand it over to politicians. It was good for them but it left the middle class businessman struggling to get ahead.
I’m a good example. In 1982, I moved from a regular check to entrepreneurism with no “financial expertise or advisers,” so the government took half my money! It was tough. Sometimes my airline ticket was more than my speaking fee!
I owe two presidents credit for making it possible to convert this “workin’ for wages cow vet” into the self-supporting cowboy poet that I became. In 1978, President Carter deregulated the airlines. Suddenly the airlines had competition and travel became affordable. Then President Reagan dropped the tax rate from 50 percent in 1983 to 28 percent in 1987. He let me keep my money to invest in my own business. I took off and never looked back.
This cycle of raising taxes — depression — lower taxes — expansion — tax creep — overspending and raising taxes, repeats over and over and over, like the tide. It is a battle of opposing political mentalities; Group One — liberals, live by words: lawyers. Group Two — conservatives, live by actions: businessmen.
Each group looks at the government’s responsibility differently. One wants to be Cared For, the other Left Alone. I don’t question either one’s motive, I just assume it is money and power. To those who are pushing extremely high taxes on the “rich,” remember they are not stupid. They will invest their money into their business, construction, infrastructure, research, industry, create jobs, erect a wall around their home in San Francisco, donate to Detroit Public Schools Foundation or some worthy cause before the government can take it from them. And finally, sky-high taxes will also stifle low- and middle-class entrepreneurism from succeeding and leave them to join the 44 percent of Americans that pay no federal taxes at all.
Right or wrong, I quote:
“If you are not generous when you can afford to be, it marks you as a small person. However, being generous with somebody else’s money simply marks you as cheap.”