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Why do conservatives oppose higher taxes and expansion of government programs?

Posted by sanityinjection on March 25, 2010

Most people who are generally familiar with American politics understand that people who call themselves “conservatives” generally oppose higher taxes and expansion of government services (“big government”). However, I’m willing to bet that many people do not really understand *why* conservatives oppose these things. The average person may understand at some level that conservatives are not simply greedy, selfish people who are trying to weasel out of paying their fair share. But with this smear constantly being repeated to them by the Left and their media lackeys, and without an alternative explanation readily available, the stereotype becomes pervasive.

In fact, the conservative positions stand on a solid foundation of economics, common sense and even fairness. I commend to your attention this essay by Hal Gershowitz and Stephen Porter. Although lengthy, it explains in a clear and logical way many key conservative ideas on economics and government, including:

  • Why raising taxes creates a socialist system in which the rich pay far *more* than their fair share to subsidize everyone else
  • Why expanding entitlement programs such as subsidized health care is financially irresponsible
  • How the role of the federal government has inflated to take over things that local governments used to provide and that individuals and charities used to be responsible for
  • Americans are increasingly encouraged to view their life goals as “rights” to be provided by someone else (the government) rather than things we ourselves should work to achieve

The authors conclude by rhetorically asking: “Are you a morally bad person if you do not want to shoulder an ever-increasing government appetite to provide more and more benefits to a segment of the population who view these benefits as if they are birthrights?”

You can only get so many eggs out of the golden goose. If America continues to demand more and more from the top 10 percent – the people who really drive our econ0my – at what point will they get fed up and, like Ayn Rand’s John Galt, simply quit or move overseas?

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One Response to “Why do conservatives oppose higher taxes and expansion of government programs?”

  1. Transhumanist said

    I’M A BELIEVER THAT AS AMERICANS A FIRST WORLD STANDARD OF LIVING IS OUR BIRTH RIGHT&THAT SOCIAL PROGRAMS SHOULD BE AIMED AT IMPROVING LIVING CONDITIONS THE ISSUE ISN’T SOCIALISM IT’S POOR APPLICATION A-WE SHOULD FUND URBAN HYDROPONIC AGRICULTURE TO IMPROVE THE QUALITY/QUANTITY OF THE FOOD SUPPLY&DRIVE DOWN THE COST OF FOOD.NOT FOODSTAMPS.B-WE SHOULD HAVE NONUNION PUBLIC WORKS PROJECTS SUCH AS HYDROELECTRIC DAMS, DREDGING WATER WAYS,BUILDING WARSHIPS ECT.NOT UNEMPLOYMENT.C-WE SHOULD WORK ON IMPROVING NATURAL AREAS SUCH AS ARID REGIONS THROUGH DESALINIZATION TO IRREGATE&MAKE DESERTS INTO PRODUCTIVE AGI-TROPLI.SOCIALISM ISN’T THE PROBLEM LIBERALISM IS.

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