Give Them the Bill

The American people have voted for big government and the welfare state, assuming that “the rich” can pick up the tab. The annual trillion-dollar budget deficits that Barack Obama has given us should disabuse them of that notion. Never have the wealthy paid a bigger share of federal taxes than they do now, and yet never have our deficits been bigger. Revenue is about where it was before the recession and financial panic hit, so clearly the problem is not revenue, but spending–unless more people pay taxes.

The only real way to get more revenue to pay for this monstrosity is to ask everyone to put some skin in the game. Politicians ought to say to the voters, “Okay, this is how much government you say you want, and here is how much it is going to cost you.” Then they ought to give every citizen a bill, based upon proportionate pain–say, 20 percent of income and benefits. Then we’ll see how compassionate the voters are, not with someone else’s money, but with their own. I have a hunch that, at that point, people will start getting serious about cutting spending.

About Stan Guthrie

Stan Guthrie is an editor at large for Christianity Today magazine and for the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview. His latest book is God's Story in 66 Verses. He also is author of All that Jesus Asks: How His Questions Can Teach and Transform Us, Missions in the Third Millennium: 21 Key Trends for the 21st Century, and A Concise Guide to Bible Prophecy. He is co-author of The Sacrament of Evangelism. Besides authoring, writing, and editing books, Stan is a literary agent, bringing together good authors, good books, and good publishers. Stan writes the monthly Priorities colum for He has appeared on National Public Radio's €œTell Me More,€ WGN's Milt Rosenberg program, and many Christian shows, including The Eric Metaxas Show and Moody Radio'€™s €œNew Day Florida.€ A licensed minister and an inspirational speaker, he served as moderator for the Christian Book Expo panel discussion, Does the God of Christianity Exist, and What Difference Does It Make?
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