It’s Tax Day 2010, have you paid your fee to live?By
Today is Thursday April 15th, 2010, and today your tax return is due. Last year I wrote a 10 article series leading up to April 15 called ‚Äú10 Things I Hate About Taxes,‚ÄĚ so here are some links back to those articles with brief quotes.
Lost Productivity – ‚ÄúEver wondered how much time and money are lost through federal tax returns? It actually is rather astounding even by conservative estimates.‚ÄĚ
Newspeak – ‚ÄúGovernments manipulate language for their own purposes constantly. It allows them to circumvent truth in the public square (at least to the unobservant eye and ear).‚ÄĚ
The Truth About Government Spending – ‚ÄúEvery cent that the government spends is the tax, not merely what is collected. Every cent spent is an income tax. Cutting collected taxes without cutting spending is merely tax deferment, nothing more.‚ÄĚ
Privacy and Personal Income – ‚ÄúLet‚Äôs ask again, what right does the government have to my income, or even the information about my income? Constitutionally, the government does not have the right to force information about my income from me.‚ÄĚ
Your Tax Dollars at Work – ‚ÄúThink about all the crazy things you know your tax money pays for‚Ä¶‚ÄĚ
Withholding Taxes – ‚ÄúThe withholding tax allows the government to make their insane demands more palatable to us. A penny here, a penny there ‚Äď these won‚Äôt add up to much in the end, right? Withholdings from every paycheck is like silent theft, gone unnoticed.‚ÄĚ
Caesar‚Äôs Benevolence – ‚ÄúGovernment benevolence is notoriously inefficient. Statistics show that for every dollar the government uses in a ‚Äėbenevolent way,‚Äô only 25 cents actually is used to ‚Äėhelp‚Äô those in need.‚ÄĚ
Living in Fear – ‚ÄúTo say that the tax code is complicated would be the understatement of the century. It is, in fact, far beyond complicated, so much so that no one in this world could possibly understand it.‚ÄĚ
Taxation is Theft – ‚ÄúI have already said and illustrated this numerous times in previous articles, but I will say it once again: Taxation is theft, period.‚ÄĚ
Lost Prosperity – ‚ÄúWe have to realize that trade, the social mechanism of increasing our economic well-being, is a win-win proposition. By definition, when you and I agree to trade the fruits of our labor, we are implicitly agreeing that we are both better off by making the transaction. Conversely, government force is a lose-lose proposition.‚ÄĚ
Epilogue – ‚ÄúThe government has over $56 trillion of outstanding, unfunded liabilities ‚Äď financial commitments that you and I will pay. If this number seems hard to comprehend, then picture that this is $184,000 for every man, woman, and child in the United States.‚ÄĚ
Are you attending a Tax Day Protest today? I‚Äôll be at the south steps of the Texas Capitol come late afternoon, speaking out about the evils of the State. I hope you get a chance to do the same soon.
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