Finland Loves Speeders – They’re Good for Business

by: the Common Constitutionalist

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The next time you have to pay a few hundred dollars for a speeding ticket – thank your lucky stars you don’t live in Finland.

A few days ago my son and I were watching a rerun of an episode of The Grand Tour on Amazon. It is the continuation of the wildly successful British program, Top Gear. After one of the hosts got sacked by the BBC, Amazon offered the three hosts about a gazillion dollars (or pounds) to effectively continue the show.

The episode took place in Finland. Finland is unabashedly socialist and progressive. Possibly the most socialist of all European nations.

They are so progressive that they means test virtually everything. Finland is the embodiment of the Marxist ideal of, “from each according to his ability, to each according to his needs.”

One of the show’s hosts, Richard Hammond, discussed the matter of a simple speeding ticket received by a wealthy Finnish citizen. He was pulled over and ticketed for going 49 in a 30 mph zone.

In America, this might warrant one a ticket of maybe $50 to a few hundred dollars, depending on the State. But regardless of the State, at least for now, everyone ticketed pays the same amount. read more

Just Say No to Trump’s Progressive Tax the Rich Plan

by: the Common Constitutionalist

There have been plenty of candidates on the Republican side who have advocated for a flat income tax. Most, if not all conservative Republicans have offered up some variation.

And given a choice between the current tax system and a flat income tax, most people, me included, would choose the flat tax.

A flat tax is a good gauge of just how conservative a candidate really is. After all, a progressive income tax is just that – progressive – and aren’t we, or shouldn’t we be done with big government progressives?

So when we hear Donald Trump say he’s a conservative who wants an additional tax levied on those wealthy Wallstreeters, Hedge Fund Managers and the like, we know he can’t be a conservative, as we define it. So, by extension, anyone who advocates for any sort of flat tax is automatically more conservative and less a big government progressive.

One of the major reasons those who advocate for a flat tax is the incredibly complex and burdensome tax code, and the IRS itself. By instituting a flat tax we can rid ourselves of virtually the entire tax code, thus eliminating 90+% of the IRS.

As an added benefit, there would be no more need for lobbying firms in Washington. Lobbyists flood D.C. for a singular purpose. They are there to make back room deals – buy influence, favors and most importantly, tax exemptions. They pay millions of dollars every year to lobby politicians into writing carve outs for their clients, to lessen their tax burden. It’s a total racket. The flat tax would eliminate all of this.

So, it sounds like I’m firmly against Trump’s populist wealth and Hedge fund tax idea, and I am, but I’m also not in favor of a flat income tax. If we must be taxed, and we must, it should not be on our production, but on our consumption. read more