With the recent budget battle going on in Congress, and the unbelievable amount of debt that our Federal Government has allowed to accrue for our country – thankfully, it seems like the majority of American citizens have come to the conclusion that Congress can no longer be trusted to borrow responsibly against the credit of The United States; and therefore, seem to be on board with getting a Balanced Budget, Constitutional Amendment through Congress, and sent to the states for ratification – where 3/4s of the states will be required to ratify it, for the Amendment it to be written into our Constitution.
I am of the opinion that, unless Congress is willing to endorse this Amendment, and send it to the states for ratification, that, no further increase in our national debt should be allowed. The American people, our country, and future generations, need to be assured that, God-willing, we can get out of this mess, that unprincipled politicians will not be able to bring us to this point again in the future.
Sadly, the sticking point with most Democrats always seems to be a desire to raise the marginal tax rates on income earners. I am one that absolutely believes that our Federal Government does not have a revenue problem, but, rather, an out of control spending problem.
That said, while there is no doubt, that, tax increases, on a micro-economic scale, will hurt families and businesses, and would be bad for an already suffering economy, on a macro-economic scale, if our Federal Government borrows more money, the interest on the current debt will also continue to compound, interest rates on borrowing may go higher, and who will be expected to pay off this debt in the future? The American people and our taxes! Also, if we are able to prevent Congress from raising taxes, and borrowing more money, The Federal Reserve can, and may very well, fire up the printing presses, and further inflate our currency – which steals from our savings, and is tantamount to a national sales tax, as prices on goods and services will continue to rise.
Therefore, imho, if we are to focus solely on the marginal tax hike issue, that is not looking at the BIG picture. While, I am not, and would not, advocate for any tax hike, if we are forced to choose between the lessor of the three evils: more borrowing, more currency printing, or tax hikes, a marginal tax increase, quite honestly, may be the lessor of those three evils; as more inflationary printing, and borrowing, likely, would only serve to further stagnate our economy, and bring us even closer to fiscal insolvency.
Sure, we can stop taxes from being raised, and, we can hopefully stop the borrowing, but, without an act from Congress, how do we get The Federal Reserve to stop flooding the market with more monopoly money?
GOD help us!