It is an irony that we spend so much of our lives in the workforce, raising families, paying the bills with little regard for how and why our tax money is generated or spent by the political class. This is entirely natural because we have more important things to do in our daily lives.
That is no longer the case. Because we’ve allowed the ruling class from both parties to tamper with tax codes nationwide as well as locally, we have a confusing mess of overlapping and contradictory regulations and rules that consume over $300 billion of our time each year just to prepare and submit tax returns to the IRS. The Federal Income Tax Code is over 72,000 pages long. It has been amended twice a week on average since Pres. Reagan made the last major attempt to simplify it in 1986. The amendments have been predominantly drafted by lobbyists interested, not in lower rates, but favored exemptions for their industries.
The three unbreakable rules for any sustainable system of taxation are 1) Fairness; 2) transparency; and 3) Simplicity.
It doesn’t require any deep thinking to see how far we’ve strayed from these principles in our Federal Income Tax Code, our local Property tax Codes and even our Sales and Special District Taxes that comprise a hefty part of our local tax burden here in Volusia County.
Hospital Tax which adds, on average, 12% extra burden to property tax here in Volusia distorts the cost of health care, misdirects incentives and permits unfair advantages that do nothing to improve the quality of health care locally. If they did, then 90% of the hospitals in Florida that got rid of their taxing districts years ago would be re-instituting them by now.
Private hospitals like Florida Hospital, which receive no property tax subsidy, perform all the same functions as taxpayer supported hospitals like S/E Volusia and Halifax.
Public School Districts, which play the victim as they relentlessly pursue more tax revenue to support bloated bureaucracies do little for children, but much for the unions and adults that inhabit the administration. Fifty years ago non-teaching personnel comprised 25% of the total staff of the average schooled District in America. Today that number is over 40%. There are over 20,000 employees of the Dept of Education that inhabit Washington, DC but do not teach. What they do is lobby relentlessly for more funding and to keep private charter school competition at bay.
This is the price we all must now pay for our lax oversight.
The difficulty is there are now so many drawing from the public purse, we get riots whenever suggestions are made toward fiscal restraint. Wisconsin is the most visible recent example, but Greece like displays are on their way to a city near you as budgets continue to tighten.
Let us all rise to the occasion to return to the constitutional principles of limited government, sound currency and private property rights lest future generations forget the meaning of those terms.

by Ed Connor