Jewish World Review Apr. 9, 1999 /23 Nissan 5759
The taxman cometh
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PERHAPS YOU THINK THAT AS YOU settle up with the federal, state and local governments in a few
days you are done with the taxman for another year. You've only just begun.
Up to 40 percent of our hard-earned income goes to government, and government spends it
so inefficiently that there reportedly isn't enough left to buy the missiles we need to carry out
our misguided policies in Kosovo.
That's why Americans for Tax Reform (ATR) is again proposing the Tax Limitation
Amendment, which would amend the Constitution to require a two-thirds (or super) majority
of both houses of Congress before any tax increase or a new tax could be approved. The
amendment could be voted on as early as this week. It's time to begin starving the big
Voters at the state level love the idea of putting big government on a diet. Whenever voters at
the state level get a chance to express themselves on limiting taxes, they approve by a 2-1
majority. Currently, 14 states have some form of tax-limitation measures. According to ATR
President Grover Norquist 15 states are considering adopting the two-thirds Tax Limitation
Amendment in 1999.
"Tax reform'' over the last 10 years has not only cost us more money but more time as we
struggle with rules so complex that even the IRS gets them wrong. It is a system that just
about everyone hates and no one respects. The only way to begin reform is to deprive
government of additional money. The two-thirds majority would give government's greedy
hand less access to our pockets except in times of real emergency.
Government is costing us more than the taxes we see. According to the Competitive
Enterprise Institute (CEI), federal regulations cost taxpayers $737 billion in 1998. That's 44
percent of the size of all federal spending. The typical family pays an average $7,239 of the
regulatory bill, up from $6,800 in 1997. "That's 20 percent of the after-tax budget,'' notes
Wayne Crews, author of the CEI report. "More is spent on regulation than on medical
expenses, food, transportation, recreation, clothing or savings,'' says Crews.
Contributing to the cost are the federal agencies that have added 21,000 rules in the last five
years. Currently, Congress is not held responsible for the cost of new regulations, but it
should be. In order to control regulations, the CEI report suggests all members of Congress
be required to vote on agencies' final rules before they become binding on the public.
Otherwise, it is regulation without representation.
Consider this: the costs of regulation by the U.S. government is nearly as large as the
combined GNPs of Canada and Mexico. The 1998 Federal Register contained 68,571
pages, the highest level since 1980 and a 6 percent jump over the previous year. And more
regulations are coming. An estimated 4,560 new ones are in the pipeline. The top five federal
rule-producing agencies last year were the Department of Transportation (518),
Environmental Protection Agency (462), Department of the Treasury (438), Department of
Agriculture (384) and Department of Health and Human Services (350). The total just for the
top five is 2,152 new regulations in 1998.
Worse, we rarely know what benefits come from these regulations because many are not
accompanied by benefit estimates. At EPA, fewer than half of its $100 million rules have
known benefit estimates.
What was that about the era of big government being
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