And we should all be concerned.
First, consider the question from the GOP debate the other evening.
Monday night, Tyler Hinsley, of theTEA Party Teens of Napa, stepped up to the microphone and posed a question that rocked the audience with cheers and applause - "Out of every dollar that I earn, how much do you think that I deserve to keep?"
“I think you need to pay your fair share for things we’ve decided are our national priorities,” Schakowsky added.
Host: So Jan Schakowsky, out of every dollar that I earn, how much do you think I deserve to keep?
Schakowsky: What is really your question here? Do you think you should not contribute to firefighters?
Host: No, no, it’s a very simple question. Out of every dollar I earn, how much do you, Jan Schakowsky, think I deserve to keep?
Schakowsky: No, it’s not a simple question. No, it is not a simple question. I’ll put it this way. You don’t deserve to keep all of it.
Schakowsky: It’s not a question of deserving. What government is, is those things we decide to do together.
Got that -- YOU DON'T DESERVE TO KEEP IT ALL.
You worked for it.
You earned it.
But you don't deserve to keep it all because someone in government has decided that they know better how it should be spent.
Now am I arguing that all taxation is illegitimate? No, I'm not. Neither am I arguing that all government spending is somehow a violation of the rights of the individual. But that Jan Schakowsky can't even come out and say "as much as possible, with government taking as little as necessary" is rather frightening. After all, it appears in her "it’s not a question of deserving" comment that she believes that government has a first claim on your labor and your wealth. She apparently presumes that the correct question is not "how much of what I earn do I deserve to keep", but rather "how much of of what you earn are we willing to allow you to retain".
In other words, it is nothing more than a return to the Marxist view of "from each according to his ability" -- because the government will always find someone it thinks needs your money more.
We The People need to put this question to every politician -- especially every Democrat politician -- and demand an unambiguous answer. Those who cannot answer or will not answer need to be out the door along with those who put the figure too high.