Democrats and Republicans are deeply divided whether or not to raise taxes. Politicians intone "the American people" to justify their positions but we know it's the power brokers who decide and "the American people" get left holding the bag. Behind D.C. closed doors, some reflection upon King Rehoboam would be wise.
When King Solomon died, the people pleaded with new King Rehoboam to lighten the burden of government upon them. "Then King Rehoboam consulted the elders who had served his father Solomon during his lifetime. “How would you advise me to answer these people?” he asked. They replied, “If today you will be a servant to these people and serve them and give them a favorable answer, they will always be your servants.”
But Rehoboam rejected the advice the elders gave him and consulted the young men who had grown up with him and were serving him. He asked them, “What is your advice? How should we answer these people who say to me, ‘Lighten the yoke your father put on us’?” The young men who had grown up with him replied, “These people have said to you, ‘Your father put a heavy yoke on us, but make our yoke lighter.’ Now tell them, ‘My little finger is thicker than my father’s waist. My father laid on you a heavy yoke; I will make it even heavier.’” And that's what Rehoboam did. Civil war resulted and the country was forever divided. (1 Kings 12)
Power brokers will come out of closed doors and tell us how they're fighting for "the American people." Does anyone believe that? Bible readers remember Rehoboam and... Here you get to complete the story...are resigned to the worst...or...are angry enough to exercise the sovereignty of the people. In these critical tax debates, is the Federal Government, as St. Paul teaches, a servant of God for the people's good? (Romans 13)