Thomas Sowell, the American economist has posed this question for you. I think it is the perfect question to ask someone who claims someone else isn’t paying their “fair share” of the tax burden. What would be a fair share then? Give me a hard percentage. Not an abstract, oh you know, whatever is fair or more than they give now. Both of those statements are weak and specious arguments. They don’t tell us anything, just that you believe the government should reach into their life and take a larger slice of their earnings.
While you’re at it ask them just how much of that fair share someone else should be entitled to? Could it be that “fair share” is really just another way to say redistribution of wealth. It seems to me that this is the case.
Has anyone offered to work harder to ease the burdens in your life? If they have, you could offer to work harder to relieve the burden of someone else…I guess it could be called trickle down fairness. But, since no one is offering me an easier life, I see no reason to bust my butt so that someone else can sit back and relax on theirs at the expense of my hard work. Charity is one thing, parasitism is another. I think you all probably see it about the same way. If you don’t, that is fine, give to charity, volunteer your time, send extra money to the IRS, throw wads of your hard-earned money into the street on the poor side of town or give it to bums on the side of the road, just don’t tell me I have to do the same. Fair is defined as being in accordance with relative merit or significance, so why is it that someone who makes more needs to pay a higher percentage of income. Why should their success be subject to a different rate than someone who isn’t as successful?
No one wants to see poor people in our own country. At the same time, when we allow these people to constantly sponge off the system we are sending the wrong message. The government exists to protect us from harm, not rescue us from our own bad decisions or support our continued laziness. Your fair share should be the same percentage of income that someone else pays, what you get from the government should be no different from what anyone else receives. That is fair.