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honey the codewitch wrote:
How would you encourage people to start small businesses in your area if you ran the local government?

It is well-known that if you want less of something, tax it; if you want more of something, subsidise it. Small (and large) businesses should not be subsidised; the possibility of making a profit should be enough of an incentive for starting one. OTOH, just because someone is making money (horrors!) is no reason to levy taxes.

Giving the government the power to take money from the citizens by force or under threat of force is terribly destructive; and should therefore be used in homeopathic doses. Taxation should be solely a mechanism by which we collectively pay the costs of running the government. It should not be used as an instrument of social policy, nor should it be used to rob Peter in order to pay Paul.

I have deliberately left open the question of "what is the proper province of government?" because that would verge too closely on politics.

honey the codewitch wrote:
I just don't think you can attach direct costs to certain things

I agree that there are activities whose cost is difficult to define - air pollution, for example. In this case, the appropriate model might be that of licensing - a corporation can buy a license to produce a certain amount of specified pollutants, with penalties for exceeding this amount or producing other pollutants. The question is who should collect the license fees. IMO, this should not be the government - such fees tend to disappear in the general fund, and not be used for the clean-up - but a corporation whose only purpose is cleaning up pollutants, and which would use the fees as its sole source of funding. The idea obviously needs a lot more work. Smile | :)
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