The PJ Tatler

What Are Taxes For?

More than two years ago, the Tea Party launched a national conversation about the proper role of government. And if you’re going to talk about the proper role of government, you’re going to have to figure out what taxes are for.

So, do we pay taxes so we can build a gilded city built upon a swamp between Virginia and Maryland. Or, as Dan Henninger points out in the Wall Street Journal, should the goal of taxation be to “achieve the highest possible level of growth in the private economy with a competent, efficient state in a supporting role?”

PJTV’s Alexis Garcia went to Capitol Hill to find out what some of our elected leaders think taxes are for. Rep. Michele Bachmann wants to abolish the tax code. Will that fix the problem?