The Choice is yours.

Some comments were made by a few “admirers” in the past week. I have to paraphrase because my brain refuses to spell words incorrectly while also ignoring spell check. It is a certain kind of “special” to whom much is given and yet nothing is returned.

“You be preaching lies”

There I go again…I be preaching.

“You just upset that Obama owns you”.

Interesting. If Obama “owns” me why doesn’t he “own” you too?

“You understand nothing about what our great President is trying to accomplish!”

Trust me I understand, it isn’t great, and he isn’t “trying”…he’s doing.

Now for most of you who’ve been with me for a little while you know how I feel about the debt. Unfortunately I haven’t heard from any of my “admirers” on this subject except when they point out how “Bush started it first”. (Just had a third grade flashback)

First of all nobody, and I mean nobody, is harder on Bush in a factual manner than myself, and even I am tired of it’s “Bush’s fault”.

Bush didn’t open the door to forty seven million people on food stamps/welfare. Bush didn’t run the debt to almost eighteen trillion. Bush didn’t invite a known racist to the White House for counsel. Bush didn’t talk about the color of his theoretical son. The list goes on and on.

But my “admirers” never want to discuss the two things crushing our country. Debt and the border. Is it possible they have no idea these things are happening? It can’t be. They are reading my columns so I know they are receiving the information. They take time to tell me, in their own special way, how everything is great but never give me any actual facts.

I do receive some pictures with captions. Is it too hard to simply type your thoughts to me? Is this the Obama mantra? No need communicating my own thoughts when someone else can tell me what to think?

Finally a question from a liberal that I can do something with.

“Can you explain why your tax ideas would make things better?”

I can and have. There is a wonderful book called Late Bird that will have you laughing, crying, and cheering (assuming you love America) and outlines very specific systemic changes (ideas) for both taxation and immigration (border security).

What’s that? You don’t love America? Well lucky for you those of us who do are willing to do the heavy lifting for you. Yes we know you will call us names and complain all the way to the bank but we have big shoulders. We can carry you.

Won’t we get tired?

How nice of you to ask. Yes we will but as we grow fatigued we look upstairs and say thank you. It refreshes us.

Why are you saying thank you for carrying me?

Because we are strengthened when we serve others…whether you appreciate it or not.

But you have to take the time to actually read what I am about to put down here. No, not just skim it.

If you loved America and understood human behavior you may be able to skim it or not need to read it at all. You will have to read it in order for you to truly understand that abolishing all forms of tax related to job creation must be removed.

Frankly to all you non-believers this is going to happen eventually. We can wait until the debt forces us into a new way or we can learn without having to be hit in the head…over and over…for almost the last three decades.

Humans are driven to survive. Aside from oxygen we must have water, food and shelter. Once these needs are met on a regular basis we move up the chain to our next need. This need is called belongingness. For those of you interested you can search Abraham Maslow or Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. He will take you all the way to self-actualization. Good luck!:)

So strong is the need to belong humans will make horrendous choices if appropriate ones aren’t available. In today’s society, drugs, promiscuity, obesity, and teen pregnancy are all examples of what humans will do to get this need met.

We’ve all heard someone say “my children are my everything, they are the most important thing in my life.” This puts an incredible amount of pressure on the child to fulfill the needs of the adult.

Please understand I am not judging here.

I am explaining how powerful the need to belong is. This is why so many teen-age girls become pregnant by choice. How many times have we seen movies or on television where the teenager is telling the baby “it’s just you and me in this world”. The need to not be alone, to belong is so ignored in our society we try to fix the symptoms rather than the actual problem.

The most commonly used drug, marijuana, and alcohol are both classified as depressants. When our pain is too great many in today’s society will look to make it go away rather than find appropriate alternatives. Food is another substitute for belongingness. Its’ called “comfort food” for a reason.

Again, no judgment here. We’ve all gone through times in our lives where we’ve struggled. I am simply explaining how incredibly important this need is to be fulfilled and fulfilled appropriately.

In America we get our need to belong met appropriately from two major things.

Employment and family.

How many times have you seen a person who complains about their job only to ball like a baby when fired. It’s a crushing blow when you are informed you don’t belong somewhere anymore. It’s why retirement is so hard for many people.

In many ways the same can be said about our families. How many times have you heard someone complain about spending time with the in-laws or going over for the holidays. Many complain but they are always there. It’s easier to be miserable with family than lonely in front of your TV. We are bonding creatures. It is important for the overwhelming majority of us to have others consistently in our lives. Of course friends can substitute for family and many times an even stronger bond is created. But we still need someone to get this need met.

Don’t believe me?

Go spend a week in a remote area with no one around and nothing to do. Pretty soon you will start talking to the trees.

We are physical, emotional, hormonal animals. We have to do something with the energy our mind, heart, and glands creates.

Productive societies call this work and family time.

So hopefully you are with me now and understand how important a society must be set up around human needs. We have the water and the food figured out. Housing is for the most part taken care of. It is our need to belong that is being ignored and crushed.

We must have strong family units if America is to survive let alone thrive.

We must have an abundance of jobs to ensure the physical and mental well being of our citizens.

Right now America is struggling with both.

Because of ridiculous premises that have permeated our society we are struggling mightily.

“Women need to be equal to men”.

First of all no one will ever be equal. Secondly and let me be clear:

Women aren’t equal to men. They are BETTER.

The female gender in general (removing Hilary Clinton, Nancy Pelosi, etc….those two really bring the average down) is the better gender. Both genders of course are needed but a society filled with women and a few men will always be a better society than many men and a few women. It’s simple biology. Testosterone makes all humans more aggressive. Women have less. Not buying it?

Wars are started by men. Prisons are full of men. Men commit an overwhelming amount of violent crime compared to women.

Now does this mean all women are better than all men? Absolutely not. Our society provides and relies on the individual. My point is women who are trying to be “equal” to men are looking down the ladder rather than up and hurting our society.

There will never be a more important role in a productive society than Mother.

Okay, I’m sure all the “feminists” are twitching as they read this. No one is saying you have to have children…sigh…just relax. I don’t have any children and I believe I am doing my part to re-build our society. Each individual has a certain skill set and in America those skills can be an intricate part of pursuing happiness and maintaining a free nation.

So hopefully we can agree (These are facts but it’s easier if you agree and more productive as well).

One of our primary ways to fulfill our need to belong in a healthy manner is through strong families and friends.

Secondly is employment. To be free a human has to be able to provide for him or herself. In industrialized nations we trade currency (dollars in America) for water, food, shelter, etc. It’s called Capitalism and it’s the best economic system on the planet because it provides opportunity for humans to not only survive but thrive. Jobs are the key component. The more jobs available to the workers the better opportunities for pay and advancement.

One hundred jobs with fifty workers equals incredibly high wages.
Fifty jobs with one hundred workers equals desperation.
One hundred workers with ten jobs equals anarchy.

The key to everything is more jobs. Most politicians will give us sound bites like “we need to reduce income taxes on the middle class”.

Think about that for a moment. If reducing income taxes on the middle class is a good thing why wouldn’t getting rid of them completely be a better idea? This one is easy.

It would.

But how would the government be able to stay solvent without income taxes?

The Federal Government collects almost 4 trillion dollars a year from us in a variety of ways…and is insolvent. Because of their behavior we are almost 18 trillion in debt. This one is easy too.

How much worse could it get trying something new?

It could only get better. We are the largest economy on the planet with the largest debt in the history of man. If we don’t do something else this is going to end very badly. But stay with me. Remember…meeting the needs of the human being.

By removing federal income tax all workers would immediately get a pay increase. Wages would go up over night.

By removing payroll tax business would have more profit and would be able to hire more people.

By removing corporate tax every company in the world would race to America (where they really want to be anyway). This would make every square inch of American land dramatically more valuable as more people competing over anything heightens the value of the item.

With companies screaming back to America the available labor pool would be soaked up immediately with well paying jobs. This creates opportunities for entrepreneurs to start new businesses keeping the cost of products lower for the consumer to purchase. It is a win win. There is no downside to removing all taxes related to employment.

How do we fund the government? Flat tax, fair tax?

No and no.

Both of those are regressive and oppressive. There is nothing fair or flat about taxes. We have to put a tax in place that will benefit the human society. A tax that is optional.

It is called the consumption tax.

If you choose to buy something you will pay a little more. But it is your choice! Furthermore I’ve done all the calculations on this. We will implement a consumption tax that doesn’t tax the purchase of fresh fruit and vegetables, meat, dairy, or nuts. We want our citizens to eat well. If you want to eat chips or drink soda that is your choice but we are going to tax these items.

We will also not tax the purchase of one home. Any purchases after that will be taxed but by not taxing healthy food and the purchase of one home we reward the behavior we need in our society.

Many times people refer to motivation as the stick and carrot. This is all carrot.

Work hard, buy a home for your family, and eat well. God bless! This lifestyle is tax free!

This entire system is also explained in better depth in Late Bird.

Now you will hear some “economists” and even some of your friends use a word like regressive to explain a consumption tax. This is disingenuous at best.

All taxes are regressive. But in the system I’ve explained millions of jobs will be created, property values will rise, our debt can be paid off responsibly rather than what is happening now, and most importantly you will have a choice. If you don’t want to pay the tax then don’t buy the product. Rather than being forced into paying taxes the option is yours. No crazy government scams or “write offs” for anything. You won’t ever have to file your taxes again! The choice is yours. Spend your hard earned money on taxable items or don’t.

Now the naysayers will complain “it will crush our economy…no one will buy anything”.

This is one the most ignorant statements I’ve ever heard since “free health care, keep your doctor, etc.”.

Of course we will spend our money. I like pop corn and going to the movies. Some people love fancy cars or going to football games. We aren’t going to stop doing the things we love. We will have more money with which to do those things.

Sounds simple huh?

It is.

Besides look at it this way. Who are you going to believe?

Someone who has worked hard and saved his money, unwilling to take campaign contributions or a salary and only serve one term…

Or a bunch of liars who’ve put us 18 TRILLION DOLLARS in the hole!

But please don’t forget the entire purpose of this piece.

Fulfilling the need to belong.

We are struggling right now in America to fulfill this need because real unemployment is horrendous. We can fix this. I guarantee two things.

(1) This system will work. It’s actually the system that founded our country. Strong families and hard work.

(2) It’s going to happen eventually. The politicians have let the debt get out of control and they will be increasing it again soon. The Emperor (Federal Government) has no clothes.

The choice is yours. Stick your head in the sand or help me. I’m only asking for your voice. I’m willing to do the rest.

Shoulder to shoulder brothers and sisters.

This is OUR country!

Jason Kraus
02-09-2015

“Late Bird” by Jason Kraus
Restoring a nation one voice at a time.
http://www.aleadernotapolitician.com/

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