Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) was asked a tough question: “Out of every dollar that I earn, how much do you think I deserve to keep?”
I have a smidgeon of sympathy for the Congresswoman. From a statist politician’s point of view, the question is impossible to answer. If they were honest, they would say 0% — the money should be appropriated by disinterested philosopher-kings who would then redistribute it to each according to his needs.
But statists can never be entirely honest. They know that in America you have to fool the selfish voters in order to attain and keep power. Oh, the contempt for the unwashed masses this must breed in the political elite!
For me the answer is easy: 100%. All taxation is theft. Funding the government should be voluntary.
Rep. Schakowsky says we tax to fund things we as a nation do together. As an example she cites looking for a cure for cancer. The state takes your money to find a cure for cancer. What could be wrong with that?
You know why I don’t want the state taking my money to find a cure for cancer? Because I want someone to find a cure for cancer. Health is an important value to most people.
To find a cure for cancer we need more wealth creation, and we need to spend our dollars efficiently. This means we need to be free. Freedom creates most wealth and uses it most efficiently.
Anyone who really cared about curing cancer would want to dismantle the welfare-regulatory state and let capitalism create wealth. That wealth would be spent by free individuals according to their values, and certainly some of them would value a cure for cancer. The last thing you would want is for appropriated wealth to be wasted by bureaucrats who would lose their sinecure if cancer went the way of polio.
It looks to me like Rep. Schakowsky does not really care about finding a cure for cancer — not as much as she cares about power. I think she really lusts for control over the benighted masses to whom she must grovel and lie every two years.