Making informed decisions in D.C.

By Jade Sells

As a young twenty-something in the nation’s capital, I have been faced with several different ideas, theories, strategies, and plans. I see value in so many of these things presented to me, that I have a hard time choosing a side. I seemed to have found myself in what my colleague has described as the mushy middle.

However, I am taking advantage of having the opportunity to hear from and speak with so many intelligent and powerful people. Everyday I feel like I have come one step closer to firming up my opinions. After hearing so many compelling arguments from both conservatives and liberals, I have been able to sift through the validity in all arguments. Through this I have been able to make educated and informed decisions on what is most important to me.

One example would be increasing tax base and revenue through immigration reform. I have been able to identify the validity of both conservative and liberal arguments. I understand that immigration reform, in some ways, can comparable to amnesty and in some ways could incentivize illegal immigration. However, reforming immigration does not have to mean amnesty. It could be reformed in ways that require a shared responsibility and increase tax base and revenue through newly naturalized citizens. I have been able to make decisions on what is more important to me and my experiences in D.C. have educated and helped me to make those decisions.

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One thought on “Making informed decisions in D.C.

  1. I have not heard the argument for immigration reform as a means to increase the tax base. Novel, but misuguided. This data may be somewhat dated, but it is going to be fairly accurate. The top 1% of earners pay 34% of fed income taxes. The top 5% pay 54%. The top 10% pay 66%. The top 50% pay 97%. Depending on who you read, there are somewhere between 12 and 25 million illegal immigrants here. That’s not going to impact the tax base in any significant way. The last few quarters have seen record tax revenues at the fed level. Yet we continue to borrow 40% more to cover our bills. We don’t need a larger tax base. We need a balanced budget.

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