Paying taxes in this country is ordinarily accompanied by much
grumbling. But paying taxes is not just a
legal duty but a moral opportunity.
An itemized tax receipt
If we can put a man on the moon and then, 40 years later, persist in spending far more on spacecraft than on passenger trains, we ought to be able to distribute an income-tax receipt that says so.
An itemized income-tax receipt would say, “So you want to talk about reducing government spending? Talk about these things first.” Which would be a far more focused conversation than we’re having now.
Brooks, president of the American Enterprise Institute, has
been writing op-eds based on his new book, The Battle: How the Fight Between Free Enterprise and Big Government Will
Shape America's Future.