Cuban on taxes. Wrong, wrong, wrong!

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Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban caused a stir earlier this week on his blog. Responding to President Obama’s proposal to close the budget deficit by, among other things, raising taxes on upper-income households, Cuban opined that paying taxes is, “the most patriotic thing you can do.”

I know we have to pay taxes. I’m just not as enthused about it as Mark Cuban seems to be. It’s hard to be enthused when the government continually overdraws the checking account, spending money on bad ideas that hurt the economy, stifle investment and encourage dependency.

It’s Cuban’s tacit acceptance of welfare-state dependency that really rankles.

He implores us in his blog to go get rich, pay a lot in taxes and then rejoice in the fact that in paying those taxes we are, “helping to support millions of Americans that are not as fortunate as you.”

C’mon Mark. The purpose of paying taxes is not to support anybody. Taxation is for funding the legitimate, constitutionally-mandated functions of government. It’s not government’s job to support millions of people.

But several generations have been raised to believe otherwise and that’s a big reason we’re broke.

In the half-century since Lyndon Johnson’s “War on Poverty,” we have spent over $16 trillion to fight poverty. That accounts for all of the $15 trillion that the country owes on the national debt plus some. There are more than 70 welfare programs currently operating under 13 government agencies that cost an aggregate of $900 billion each year.

Given that we as a nation owe an amount almost exactly equal to what we have spent on programs aimed at eliminating poverty, it’s fair to ask, ‘’How are we doing on eliminating poverty?’

Well, not so good. We today have more poverty as defined by the government than we did in the 1970s. Worse, our schools are filled with children who come from second and third-generation welfare homes. Households that receive government food, housing and living assistance are overwhelmingly more likely to be headed by single women. And the children of those women are exceedingly unlikely to ever know their fathers.

Dependence on government has, for millions, destroyed families while becoming a way of life.

Proponents of an ever-expanding welfare apparatus like to refer to it as the “safety net.” I have no problem with a safety net, provided that’s what it actually is.

My problem is that the safety net, meant to help those who through no fault of their own fall on hard times, has, on an industrial scale, morphed into a hammock, where millions of healthy, able-bodied Americans idle away their lives.

Mark, I’m sorry. I’m not buying your premise. I will, here in the freest and most opportunity-rich country in all of history, resist paying taxes so that millions of my fellow citizens can be “supported” by becoming permanently enslaved under government dependency.

Our goal, Mark, yours and mine, should be to create an environment in which as few people as possible need the support.

Your blog post gets it backwards. The measure of success is not how many people you’re helping. The measure of success is how few people need the help.

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Paul Gleiser

Paul L. Gleiser is president of ATW Media, LLC, licensee of radio stations KTBB 97.5 FM/AM600, 92.1 The TEAM FM in Tyler-Longview, Texas.

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5 Responses

  1. Linda E. Montrose says:

    Mark Cuban has always opened mouth and inserted foot. This time he jumped in with both feet! Did he actually proof read what he wrote in his blog? People like Mark Cuban are free to give all their money to the government if they so wish, but government is not supposed to support the masses. If Mark is so gung-ho on helping people, why doesn’t he just start up his own welfare state and support how ever many people he wants from cradle to grave…make it personal Mark! Build apartment complexes and fill them up with people who want to do nothing to help themselves, but rather sit around all day waiting for you to feed, clothe and provide entertainment for them. Get involved Mark…hands on. THEN come back after all your wealth has been depleted and tell me that we should pay more taxes in order to help people. There is a vast difference in “helping” people and providing a welfare state from cradle to grave! I think a hands on experience would do you a world of good and open your eyes!

  2. Jesse Jones says:

    Linda, it’s rather ironic that you ask about Mark Cuban proofreading what he rights when you once blamed Obama for the bank bailout (that was under Bush). As far as what Mark has done to help others, he started the Fallen Patriot Fund to help those killed and injured in the Iraq War with him matching the first $1 million with funds from his Mark Cuban Foundation. He have given millions to charity, more than youhaveI am willing to be, Ms. Montrose.

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  4. Buddy Saunders says:

    Mark Cuban is no brighter now than he’s been in years past. Once a fool always a fool pretty much sums up Mark Cuban. Even as these fools extol tax paying, it is interesting to observe that they nonetheless do whatever they can to reduce their our own tax burden.

  5. katt says:

    perhaps if obama is so gungho on taxes for the rich like he is – he said that (rich like me) he should suggest strongly that ALL of his supporters pay up NOW or go to jail and not use the comfy IRS paytment plan (charlie rangel avoided taxes by not reporting income for 17 years and now IRS has worked out a payment plan) and
    warren buffet owes back taxes in the millions if not more from 2000 and is determined not to pay a dime – so obama seems to have one rule for his supporters and a different rule for we the people who actually work and pay taxes – another dem said SS taxes were not for the people who made payments all those years but should be used by congress for “things we agree on” – she is another onesided dem who thinks govenment should “help” folks from cradle to the grave – so very wrong – as is rewarding criminal behavior and comeing here illegal is criminal behavior as in breaking the law and does not deserve any benefits at all for anyone even those born to mothers who came here illegally just to give birth HERE –

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