Newliberals are here to offer Liberals and America new ideas that work:
We as liberal democrats don't have to accept the status quo as a given, but instead could work to find ways to advance progressive and newliberal ideas. This must be done in a way to attract mainstream America, whose interest in politics and policy is fleeting at best.First and foremost a liberal is a person dedicated to accepting facts and pursuing logic towards a positive result. This requires a willingness to divorce ourselves from the interest groups and political alliances of the past that may not currently be offering what's best for America today. Our support and advocacy of any position should ultimately be because it is Right for all Americans.
NEWLIBERAL idea: FLEXIBLE FEDERAL TAX
We are often promoting expansive ideas that cost a great deal, and the tax and spend liberal label is applied negatively upon us. We can offer great ideas, and pay for them in a more creative way. (BTW, newliberals believe most great ideas involve giving people a great opportunity, and a chance, rather than a govt. plan than manages the outcome through rules and bureaucracy)We should eliminate the Personal and Corporate income tax, and all state/local property taxes. The average individual and/or business should not have any contact or concern with the government over taxes.We should collect all the revenue, that we as a people through our Government decide is necessary, through a FLEXIBLE FEDERAL TAX that would be collected by an INDEDEPENDENT GOVERNMENT BOARD similar to the Federal Reserve Board.
Their job would be to find creative ways to raise revenue in the least intrusive way as possible. Their main tool would be the ability to PURCHASE ANY HIGHLY DEMANDED GOOD/SERVICE at the retail price, and AUCTION them at a market price.
So for example, when the Star Wars movie opened to sold out shows, that represented an opportunity for the IGB to purchase 10% of the opening night tickets, and resell them at the highest price. This process could be repeated thousands of times per year at:-Super Bowl, NBA playoffs, and other high demand/low supply events-hot, novelty gift items for Christmas or other holidays where supply routinely sells out.-any situation whether local, state, or national where the public wants to buy a good or service, but it is clear there is a limited supply capacity.
People wanting to see popular, first time, rare events have demonstrated throughout the years a willingness to pay high prices for the pleasure. The IGB would simply be able to buy the first 10% of any good/service it deemed would be easily resold at a high profit because of excessive demand. More revenue could be collected only by businesses that dealt with luxury and leisure activities.The tax code would be reformed completely with the emphasis on ZERO taxes for people's: income, and basic living expenses, while luxury, and leisure would be taxable.There would be different categories of activity, and only luxury and leisure would be taxable:alcohol, cigarettes, and other leisure drugs would be taxable.
INCOME WOULD NOT BE TAXABL Eeating out at a restaurant would be taxable
YOUR PROPERTY WOULD NOT BE TAXABLEname brand clothes, high-end expensive cars would be taxable
REGULARLY PRICED CLOTHES, ITEMS, CARS, ETC. WOULD NOT BE TAXABLE
(vacations and amusement parks could be taxable)
NORMAL EVERYDAY ACTIVITY WOULD NOT BE TAXABLE
(movies would be taxable)
In addition we should legalize all adult victimless crimes, regulate, and tax them. This would include gambling, sex transactions, scalping tickets (government would be the #1 scalper!), and drugs that could be used without harm to others.At the end of the year, if anyone felt they paid too much in taxes, they could simply change their luxury/leisure behavior.Once Congress, and State/local governments determined their desired level of taxation, the IGB would determine the best route to collecting it.
By eliminating the IRS from average people and business lives, we will rid ourselves also of unproductive avoidance behavior, with people finding creative ways to lower their burden. Those resources could be redeployed to grow our economic output.The end result would be an ability to do more good through the government like:universal healthcare with maximum choices for each person.universal education k - college in a marketplace system w/o govt bur.gun control and gun/crime enforcement that attacks crimeaffirmative action that deals with not only race, gender, but ideology, geography, body type, etc.without the resentment from the earners in our society of taking their tax money.
making the word "liberal" safe again!