Thinking about money? Here's something to consider...
It's common to hear people talk about government expenditures such as welfare services, wages for government workers, military, police and such things as being paid for "by the tax payer." Actually this is totally false, it's not as if the government ever manages a truly balanced budget. They always spend much more money than they collect via taxes, fines and fees. So it's not actually "the tax payer" funding the government, because the government borrows the majority of the money it spends.
This is kind of an odd situation when you consider that the money itself is not based on any real commodity like gold or silver. It's just made up, so if the government wanted to, they could just make it up themselves. Yet for some reason they choose to borrow it from an internationalist banking cartel.
This naturally may lead one to ask another question.
If the government can just keep on borrowing indefinitely, continually raising the debt ceiling and amassing this huge debt that can never possibly be paid off... If they can just keep "borrowing" this limitless, made up "money" to fund their ever growing list of expenditures, then why do they need to even charge us taxes at all?
Now I can think of a couple answers to this. The most obvious one being that if they don't at least make an effort to pay back the interest on the debt, the bank will be hesitant to keep lending them more money. Now I don't know the exact figures on how much income the gov collects in taxes versus how much the annual interest payment on the debt would be. (I don't even know if these numbers are properly available to the public.) It would be interesting to see what would happen if the annual interest payment became more than what the government collects in taxes. When a private individual defaults on his interest payments, the bank will usually lower his credit score, seize some of his assets and/or garnish his wages. They will recoup what they can. However when it's the government of a country that defaults on a loan what happens then? I suppose this is when the bank makes a deal to seize and privatize government assets, and austerity is imposed.
Of course in this context we assume that there are limits to how much money the government can borrow. However when we look at the ever growing expenditures and the reckless runaway debt they accrue, it seems like there is indeed no limit to how much they can borrow. The amount of debt is already absurd and it just keeps growing. Certainly those who are in charge now, know they won't be around when it's time to pay it all back. Though honestly I find it hard to imagine the debt ever being paid back at all. Not the way this monetary system is now anyway.
The truth is, that it's a fiat money system. The money is literally made up out of nothing, so of course there is no limit to how much the bank can loan out. The only real limits to the system is on the actual goods and services that can be produced and how much natural resources can be harvested. Basically the only real limit is how much the government can squeeze out of the people it claims to represent. Are you starting to get the picture now?
Now back to my question of why the government needs to charge us taxes at all. (Since they enjoy this seemingly limitless supply of borrowed money from the bank, right?
) I have thought of a second, less obvious answer to this question. It is necessary for the government to charge the citizens taxes in order to insure a need for their state backed currency. This becomes even more necessary when it's fiat.
Remember this money we're using isn't based on any physical commodity with a universally recognized value, such as silver or gold. It's literally based on nothing. So what's there to stop people from creating and using their own alternative currency based on nothing? Say everyone decides to start using bitcoin or something like that in stead? Well the government creates the need for people to deal in their state backed currency, by charging them taxes and using the legal courts to enforce fines and payments of debts. All of which must be paid in the form of that state backed currency.
This is why the government seems unconcerned about tax evasion by big corporations and the very wealthy.
Many have long noticed and complained that "the super rich" use tax loopholes and off shore bank accounts to avoid paying "their fare share." This is an especially common talking point of the left. However they can't really explain why the government would allow this beyond some superficial statement about corruption. Well think about it, why would the government allow it? Especially if they need to pay back these debts. From the perspective of the government, tax evasion should be seen as stealing from them. So why would they tolerate it when the biggest corporations and the wealthy elitists do it overtly?
It makes perfect sense when you think of it this way. The money itself is not actual value, they make it out of nothing remember? So from the top, and especially from the perspective of the bankers in charge of it, they are not motivated by monetary profits. To them the money system is a control mechanism. The government charges the citizens taxes to make sure the people need and use their fiat currency. That's why it's not as important to tax the super rich, because they're already committed to the monetary system. Taxes are most necessary for the working class.