Immigrating to the U.S. some 20-years ago, I always found it odd that the institution charged with taxation was called the Internal Revenue Service. That term was invented by someone who does not have the proper purview nor understands the difference between expense and income.
Taxation to the country is the cost of doing business, and thus should be called an operating-expense instead, which would automatically trigger an astute leader of a country to consider lowering the operating-expense unless an increase in operating expense is warranted to promote a new and necessary growth phase.
It always astounds me, frankly, how people are surprised things do not pan out quite the way we planned. Precisely, in the words of Nobel-prize physicist Richard Feynman, because we call everything wrong.
We have dysfunctional systems everywhere in violation of the most basic definition of freedom and thus significantly restrict what humanity can discover. The comprehension of foundational evolutionary precepts and the balance between humanitarian rights and obligations are entirely out of control. And therefore the outcome of our performance is a crapshoot. Not a strategy that systematically invokes human excellence or ensures repeatability of evolutionary success to serve us all.
The topic of how much tax should be applied is one I do not want to get into right now, for it is dependent on the operating-system of humanity that spells out what our evolutionary obligations are, and how far away we are from achieving those.
But let’s start by changing the name of this institution, so we have our arrows pointed in the right direction.