Not enough fertilizer can kill a garden. If you stop adding fertilizer or new top soil to a garden, eventually the current generation of plants will deplete all the nutrients in the soil and the future generations of crops will suffer. The future generations of planets will be less nutritious and stunted.
Our society is now in this situation with regards to taxes. The taxes that our national and state governments take in have been reduced to a point that important services are becoming depleted; both present and future generations will suffer because of this. Reducing taxes too much can hurt a society and stunt an economy. Like a garden that needs certain things to thrive—water, topsoil, fertilizer, equipment to till the soil, seed—so does a society need certain things. A society needs police protection, fire protection, fair courts, great schools, roads, good health, and ways to reduce the risk of accident and disease. A free society needs infrastructure, an educated workforce, protection from fraud, an assurance that all business will play by the same rules. To make all this happen requires a well-funded government, which we do not now have.
But what happens if the garden receives too much fertilizer? The roots are poisoned and die. The same is true when a society and economy is over taxed. An overtaxed economy is at risk of a slow death. Too much tax means the government is bigger than it needs to be and is doing functions that are unnecessary. It means that someone is probably being paid more than should be. It means consumers are not able to buy as much from businesses, reducing demand. It means the economy is not as efficient as it could be.
So what is the right amount of taxation? How do know how much we should tax? First, we decide what we want the government to do. Do we want police protection? Do we want the government involved in education? Do we want public parks? Do we want to repair and build new roads? Do we want to reduction of risk that comes from unemployment benefits and social security? Do we want to help those who are unable to help themselves?
We should first debate what it is that we want government to do. Then we should add how much that will cost and that will tell us how much taxes we need to pay.A day may come when we are paying too much tax, but now is not that day. Only by supporting our nation by paying taxes can our nation be strong.
It’ll be a great day when education gets all the money it wants and the Air Force has to hold a bake sale to buy bombers. ~Author unknown, quoted in You Said a Mouthful, Ronald D. Fuchs