“Do High Taxes Raise More Money?”
Depends on what you mean by “higher,” I guess. Generally speaking, though, no, they do not.
As a review — and as a way to brush up on your economic responses to the left claims that “we can’t afford” to “pay for tax cuts,” etc. (your ideological response should naturally be that the government doesn’t pay for tax cuts, but rather overspends and wastes the tax revenue it already collects; further, it doesn’t allow us to keep our money, it asks for money to fund the necessary functions of a government) — here’s a brief 5-minute piece on the Laffer curve, courtesy Prager U.
The magical thinkers on the left like to use an intuitive economic model: if we take more in taxes from the private sector, we’ll naturally have more in revenue for the government! At least, that’s how they sell it. Because adding in additional variables is tricky. And math is hard.
But of course, reductions in taxes oftentimes will stimulate growth, which in turn increases government revenue — a fact that the progressives must surely know.
Which begs the question, if they really want more revenue for government (and they spend as if they do), why do they consistently push a model that leads to less revenue?
Answer: this isn’t about government revenue. It’s about power, and creating dependents.
It’s loathsome. But again, it is what it is, and until we recognize who our ideological opponents truly are what they are truly up to, we cannot beat them — even when we win elections.