Who would pay for scientific research that does not give immediate returns? (or are we, just like with the Large Hadron Collider, let the scientific leadership return to Europe)?
There is no place in the world requiring a government that does not need something to pay for it, and that something is called taxes. If you don't want to pay them on the Federal level you will have to pay them on the State level, with one slight difference, there is no single state capable of stemming a mega project like the Federal government is and there is no State that will create an Army controlled by the Feds.
And only those two positions require more money than what is collected in taxes. The other 1/3 of the budget is financed by making debt.
So nobody can tell me that there are enough taxes collected, in fact, the last time it was so Clinton was Prezz and Gingrich the leader of the house. That is quite some time ago.
Again, if you actually read the constitution, protection of the citizens' safety and liberties is just about the only duty of the federal government. Everything else should be delegated to the states. Of course there would still be taxes, but as I said, they would be nowhere near what we are paying today if the document was followed appropriately. They would barely be noticeable if the fed's only concern was the safety of the people, rather than a thousand failed social programs and a disgustingly bloated global empire.
I don't fully understand your line that I bolded, but I think you are suggesting that not enough taxes are collected. It's becoming difficult to take your posts seriously.
Edited by Legaia, 14 October 2012 - 02:06 PM.