One unsolvable problem – before this essay – is how to raise tax money to pay for the American people’s neurotic demands: to have it all and to have it now!
We demand to have neurotic* equal health care for all; high paying employment for all; free higher education; neurotic equal end-of-life care for all (with using all possible, costly modern technologies to extend a person’s life as long as possible); neurotic equal consumption for all; free abortions; and on and on.
One way we could pay for all this is simple: a fornication tax!
Fornication – that is, copulation outside of a committed relationship (marriage) — is considered a sin by most of the major religions, especially Christianity, of which over 80% of Americans believe. Fornication is also considered immoral those in the mainstream of the following religions: Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, and Budhism. Plus, fornication is a cause of many of the following current economic and social problems:
(1) One million abortions a year. Accepting and paying for this denigration of human life can result in the numbing of one’s conscience, which, in turn, can lead to the denigration of all people, and all forms of life. This may be one of the causes of the blasé attitude we have towards our destruction of our environment and a possible World War III.
(2 ) Tens of sexual transmitted diseases, including the still rampant replication of the AIDs virus.
(3) The millions of children born to single women, many who have multiple fathers in one family. This condemns children to live without a male model who is law-abiding, ethical, responsible, caring, hard working, and intellectually curious. This, lack of male leadership leads to the major cause of poverty, crime, and ignorance. Of course, any point out this truth is condemned by Progressives as racist, sexist, and evil. They say that children need this kind of man in their lives as much as fish need bicycles. And,
(4) A 50% divorce rate. This leads to poverty. One of the proven ways to become financially secure is to get married and stay married. Divorce also leads to fractured family and social relationships, not to mention the continuing decimation of the pattern of romantic love in our society. Divorce is often caused by adultery.
The fornication tax could be easily implemented, if there was the political will. The tax would be, say, $10 for every act of fornication. Each citizen would be required to honestly estimate the number of fornications he engaged in during each month and send a check for $10 each to the Department of Fornication.
Jilted lovers, parents, friends, and women who have been “sexually abused” could rat out the fornicators, and if these tax avoiders were caught and convicted, they would have to pay a 50% surcharge on their tax delinquency.
Some might argue that this would create an inquisition, with everyone spying and ratting on each other. But this is what we have now! So what’s the difference?
Currently we destroy men’s careers for any instance of “sexual abuse” in the last 30 years. We also destroy people careers for taboo thoughts or expression on such topics as race, immigration, or women. So why not rat on our family or friends who commit such an anti-social act as fornication?
If this tax was enacted, we could easily balance the budget, pay for a million abortions a year, pay for national health care, and pay for creating a sustainable economy (climate control and sustainable use of non-renewable resources). This tax may even enable women to have more control over their bodies. It could create a more moral society.
We might even restore the patterns of romantic love that we had in past generations.
* “Neurotic” in this essay is defined as “unrealistic and dysfunctional.” For example, it is economically impossible for everyone to have equal incomes when there is a disparity between inborn talent, family characteristics, work ethics, and free will decisions. In a similar way, it is economically impossible grant 350 million Americans the same health care that Barach Obama has, with his wealth and his government retirement benefits.
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Cecilieaux Bois de Murier says
Let’s just assume everyone fornicates and tax condoms, cosmetics and other products that lead to sex. Simpler.
But a lot of people — even a majority — don’t fornicate! An even better idea: let’s put burkas on both men and women.
Tiffany McBride says
That is equally an interesting idea as well.
Davina Johns says
This is interesting, RG. You’re right about everyone spying and ratting on everyone at the present, why not tax it and make it beneficial for everyone?! As twisted as this may seem, It just goes to show how twisted our current society is.
You’re the greatest! I can always depend on you to contribute a thoughtful, honest, independent, and open-minded thought!
Rather than “twisted” I would consider this policy a “wacko” policy, but as you point out, even if not politically or legally practical, it seems to me to contain a few truths and some practical applications. As you say, the tax would be beneficial to everyone, and as I said, fornication certainly makes everyone pay, in subtle ways, in general, and in the long run!
Plus the tax has an added benefit of having a sense of humor!, something this society needs now more than ever. I picture a spurned lover ratting on his girlfriend and making her, as well as him, pay $100 for all the times they “abused each other.” If she refused to pay, she could go to a jury, which would cost much more than the $150 (including penalties) in legal fees. And everyone would get a good laugh out of the news article.
tx for your comment,
Davina Johns says
Hahaha this is hilarious RG! I couldn’t imagine what’s going to happen if ever this pushed through. Only you can think of these “wacko” policies as you may say..and yes, it has some truths and practicality in it.
Rachel Moss says
Oh wow, this is a very interesting policy idea RG. haha
But you might agree that behind many jokes, there lays some truth. In this case, we could ask: what would our society be like if people only had sex within a committed relationship?
Rachel Moss says
I think our society would be better? I mean probably a step towards living the right way?
As usual, your insight hits the bullseye.
Let’s do a little thought experiment: what would the society be like if no one had sex outside of marriage, that is, a committed relationship (unlike our 50% divorce marriages).
There would be very few abortions, everyone would be better off (since getting married and staying married is one of the variables to financial success), there would be fewer divorces (which, in turn, would help raise affirmed children), and — heaven knows — there might even be a greater incidence of authentic romantic love — love that is actually followed through with, and culminating in a lifelong, deep, and beautiful relationship — which most of us want.
Tx for your continuing inspiration!