A Fair Shake for All
A good sign for Republicans so far this campaign season has been the candidates’ abandonment of overt pandering that has been a hallmark of both Democrats and Republicans for several election cycles. There has been little discussion of winning over distinct minority groups through government assistance, aid, or favoritism.
As the GOP field thins, it will be imperative that the leading candidates stay the course of treating all Americans honestly and equally. They need to win over Americans through the basic concept of fairness. If they don’t, it could very well be a losing proposition.
The most obvious and glaring example of unfair treatment is the tortured 72,000 pages of tax code, that only exists to reward certain individuals and corporations at the expense of those who aren't in favor with Congress.
Several Republican candidates have issued their position on a fairer tax; and, although their plans differ, the premise is the same. A fair tax would simplify tax collection, and it would remove the ability of either party from using the code as a political weapon.
The progressive income tax that exists today is one that is vastly different from the original. It has become incrementally more progressive over the years by rewarding low-wage earners with little to no federal income, while placing an ever increasing burden on those whose earnings fall among the highest in the nation.
Although many Americans – including Donald Trump – support the idea of taxing higher incomes at higher rates, is it fair? The short answer is "no." Continuing the same progressive system just perpetuates the myth that punishing certain income brackets is inherently fair.
It is not fair that those who are considered to be "wealthy" – by an abstract figure – should pay a punitive and confiscatory amount in taxes because they have been successful. There is no rational, or even moral reason, to have the government take an unequal amount of annual income from one group more so than another.
Proponents of the current tax code claim that it allows the government to redistribute tax funding from those who have succeeded to those that it deems are in need. The question that this type of thinking raises is "who is a better judge of where one's dollars are spent, the individual American, or the unnamed bureaucrat?
Prior to the arrival of Donald Trump to the political scene, the American people where chided by the press, pundits and politicians in both parties that Congress needed to pass some form of immigration reform that included a pathway to citizenship. For the Republican leadership it was seen as imperative in order to win over the Latino voting bloc in future elections. That has all changed.
If the Republican nominee is not Donald Trump, and the standard bearer does what he or she feels is politically expedient by offering some sort of amnesty, it will backfire. There remains a vast number of American citizens who were once "in line" as legal immigrants. They did what was asked of them. They went through all the right channels. In the end they were rewarded for their efforts by being able to swear an oath of allegiance to their new country. They will see any move to offer amnesty as a betrayal.
The “system is broken,” but not because we don’t have appropriate laws; it is because there is lack of enforcement, or a will to give those on the front-lines the necessary tools in which to fight this invasion. This is not a moral crisis, it is a manufactured one. There is a place for legal immigration, and maybe even a guest worker program, but those who look to pass a version of amnesty are simply looking for cheap labor, or to buy the votes of future citizens.
Republicans who feel that fighting for a flat tax, or true border security, is against their best interests then politicians need to come back to reality. Americans respect those who lead. The current make-up of Republican leadership is blinded by a misreading of the political scene. A vocal minority will always fight doing what is right. Americans believe in the notion that this country affords them the opportunity to succeed in a far greater way than any other nation on the face of the earth. They believe in the notion of freedom and fairness that this country offers.
So, why not do what is right and prove why true conservatism is a winning proposition, not something that one should apologize for.