Taxes, fines and fees

Something that has always bothered me is the government talking about taking in revenues. Can we stop calling what the government takes from we the people revenue?

Okay so yes definitions 3 and 4 of Webster’s says:

3: the yield of sources of income (as taxes) that a political unit (as a nation or state) collects and receives into the treasury for public use

4: a government department concerned with the collection of the national revenue

But I think too many people think of revenue as what one earns from something from a job or investment. It is a positive. A company earns revenues from selling of goods and services.

The government does not “earn” what it gets, it takes it from us. To me, the “revenue” the government takes in is not a positive, it is a negative. They are taking money from you via taxes, fines and fees.

Yes, I think some level of government is needed for certain services. But the more government “provides” for us the less we depend on ourselves and our personal support systems (yes, there is case for limited government safety net).

I am tired of hearing our government officials (GOP/Dems alike) talking about revenues. It is taxes. And President Obama needs to quit asking for more taxes, you got your tax increases. Let’s start trimming the budget, after the GAO has said (hint: it’s in the PDF):

“federal government continues to face an unsustainable fiscal path”
“the debt-to-GDP ratio would continue to rise unsustainably under current policy”
“it is apparent that these programs are on a fiscally unsustainable path” (about social security)