Can someone please tell me how much a “fair share” is?
It seems to have been the catch phrase of the recent general election. The sense I got from the argument is that “fair share” means something like a graduated scale of ability. Because one makes more, he or she should pay more. And since a fixed rate—which seems fair to me—could cause a wealthier person to make a smaller sacrifice than a less-well-off person, you cannot achieve a “fair share”.
In numbers, a person with $1,000,000 and required to pay 10% will pay $100,000. A person making only $100,000 will be required to pay $10,000. Both are left with 90% of what they had but for some reason, there are people who think that $90,000 just isn’t enough for the second person to retain. Or if so, then $100,000 wasn’t enough for the wealthy person to pay. He has a lot more, let him pay a lot more.
So what’s fair? 15%? 20%?
Who’s to say?
Even if you take a person like Warren Buffet, is it really right to let him determine the rate?
I believe the fairest share is a flat rate.
Again, a Biblical World View: When the people of Israel were told to give, they were told to give 10%. From Abraham to Zephaniah (A-Z), each paid 10% regardless of his/her wealth.
A flat rate is supportable Biblically but there were also other financial principles that were given that aren’t followed today either. Imagine forgiving debt for everyone after seven years!
God actually told Israel that there would be no poor among them if they followed his statutes. Of course, they didn’t and neither have we. Our poor are increasing in numbers and our governments–Godless entities—struggle to fill that void.
New International Version – UK (NIVUK)
4 However, there need be no poor people among you, for in the land the Lord your God is giving you to possess as your inheritance, he will richly bless you, 5 if only you fully obey the Lord your God and are careful to follow all these commands I am giving you today.