Hijacking? We've barely mentioned Ron Paul in several pages. That train has already left the station.
And yes, I'm guilty.
Those "pros" or "benefits" are what originally attracted me to the idea. it fixes the tax code shenanigans, streamlines the IRS, and might encourage people to save more--but it would also shift the tax burden to those who spend a higher percentage of their income--the poor. I don't like that. It just feels wrong to tax the little guy more than the one who can afford to save (as a percentage of total income). I don't want to punish the wealthy or successful and after some very serious consideration, I think it makes sense to have a flatter tax system, but we should try to tax the disposable income, not the money needed to live. Everyone's definition of disposable and their point of view may vary--and we can't very well make adjustments based on zip code--that's too complicated, and rife with potential political shenanigans, so we'll have to suffer with national averages.Personally I prefer consumption taxes, not only because of the ease of enforcement and criminal prosecution, but because it encourages austerity. The problem is that we're not about to see a VAT replace the income tax; all the Progressives in DC are discussing it as an additional tax.
That's my thought process anyway.
Haven't seen it, but i don't want to leave the wrong impression. Say there isn't any mythical string puller, and we really are out here alone--does it have to be irrelevant? Isn't that just a less contrived type of relevance? Sure, that maybe a bit scary, you and I may have negligible effects on history, we may be just barely getting our feet wet in the grand endeavor that is humanity. But that's exciting not depressing. Humans have, in the last say 10k years-ish, come from beating rocks together to make sharper rocks, to sending probes out of the solar system, taking pictures of the first few moments of time and mapping not just the galaxy but the universe. it's incredible and we have a few billion years left on this planet before the sun eats it. what could we be capable of? I'm pretty psyched about it, even if I'll only ever get to see a tiny bit.I recall from clips of Ben Stein's movie an Atheist (not Dawkins) talking joyfully about the beauty of a pointless, irrelevant existence.