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The Illusion of Congressional Tax Intelligence

Monday, 02 December 2013 07:16 AM Current | Bio | Archive

Why do people think Congress has any intelligence when it comes to tax matters?

It seems the voters want to believe so badly that even an illusion of intelligence becomes a reality.

The pervasive attitude by the voters seems to be that politicians know more about tax policy and other complex subjects than they do.

It is strange that so many American voters have such strong political views about tax matters, yet are clearly uninformed about how the politicians they support and the policies they advocate would bring about the results they think they want.

Complaining about taxes is nothing new. After all, nobody likes to have money forcibly taken out of their pocket just to have it given to somebody else.

The rhetorical question that has been raised many times is, what part of my earnings does someone else deserve?

In reality, that question is actually answered by Congress. Those 535 representatives of the people are elected to make decisions on tax as well a spending supposedly to benefit the people of the United States while maintaining the integrity of the Constitution.

In practice, something else happens. Somehow when these elected representatives get to Washington, they tend to look at things as if the United States is under a feudal system.

The voters have convinced themselves that their representatives and Senators will act in their best interests. But the politicians think they are feudal lords in a royal court.

Typically, the president comes to believe he is, in effect, the king.

The American voter desperately wants to believe that this is not what is really happening. They prefer the delusion that those elected Congress are acting in the voters' best interests.

If that were so, then how come we have a tax system that not a single taxpayer actually understands?

Why are taxpayers spending endless amounts of time collecting receipts, saving every scrap of paper that may have some importance to their accountant and having to pay an accountant to fill out tax returns that even the accountant doesn't really know if they are correct?

The U.S. tax code is so complex that neither the tax experts nor the IRS agree on what it says.

Does anyone in Congress have tax expertise?

The answer is, simply, no.

Tax matters are controlled by the Senate Finance Committee and the House Ways and Means Committee.

No one on either committee has any more tax background than the average voter who has been hoodwinked into voting for them does.

Believing that any elected political figure has more tax knowledge than you do is a figment of your imagination.

There is not a single member of Congress, the administration or the judiciary branch who fills out their own tax returns. The tax experts they call upon to give them advice on taxes don't even do their own tax return.

When people ask me what I do as a tax advisor, I tell them that in reality I am the tea server at the Mad Hatters Tea Party.

The tax code was not enacted back in 1913 to be an efficient and equitable method to raise revenue to pay for the proper costs of running a federal government.

Far from it.

The tax code is used by our politicians first and foremost to solidify their re-election.

They do this by advancing social agendas, forcing changes in behavior, repaying special interest voting blocks and campaign contributors and other goals unrelated to any sort of revenue needs of operating a government within the confines of the Constitution.

Congress, the administration and the courts all benefit from this tidy modern form of a feudal system. All being supported by the work of the peasants — that is, the taxpayers.

Congress understands that they do not need to know anything at all about the tax code. All they need to know is how to work the system.

Taxpayers should have no illusion about that.

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