Taxes

Mark believes in a federal government limited to the powers granted it by the Constitution. Those constitutional powers and functions are critical and require adequate funding. However, the federal government should not be a source of unlimited funding for every social need or cause. Before considering any taxation, Mark will first ask if the program to be funded can be managed by the private sector.  Some see a problem and ask what the government can do to solve that problem?  Mark first asks what the American people, businesses, churches and private organizations can do to solve that problem.  Only when no other option is viable will Mark turn to the government.  Mark believes that individuals and the private sector allocate resources most effectively and the government should do all it can to allow Americans to keep as much of their hard-earned money as possible.  Politicians tend to spend everything they collect, and then some.  Mark wants to keep tax rates low and change the culture from government centered responsibility to individual responsibility.