Why Are These Two Things Different?
My only question is this: Are taxes owed to the U.S. government a kind of debt? For instance, say I work freelance, and don’t have an employer to take them out on a weekly basis for me. I will owe the state and federal government something come the end of the year. And, because I likely don’t have $1000+ of flexibility in my monthly budget, I’ll have to set aside the amount myself, little by little each month, so that come tax season I have enough to pay what I owe.
It’s already established that I owe the government money. And it also seems pretty evident that I need to pay that debt little by little each month (or week) because I can’t pay it all at once. I will owe the government X at the end of the year. We don’t know how much X will be, but I will owe it, and it will most likely be more than I’ll have on hand at that time, so I have the option of paying it through a pre-emptive installment.
So aren’t taxes a form of debt? And if so, why don’t Republicans feel as strongly about cutting government student debt as they do about cutting taxes? Fiscal hawks wouldn’t want to upset the balance sheet, but most (at least many) Republicans seem fine with the idea of “starving the beast.” So why not starve their other debt collectors, and not just the IRS?