Friday, August 05, 2005

Why pay taxes?

One of the silliest comments ever printed appeared in a Free Press editorial Friday, 5 August.
It begins with "Nobody wants higher Hamilton County property taxes."
Actually, that is not true.
There are people who have been urging, even demanding higher property and other taxes.
They are not people I would invite over for supper. (Unless I were Lucretia Borgia or her brother.)
Anyway, the editorial ends thusly: "Why do taxpayers pay taxes? Because we seek the greater good."
People pay taxes because they risk jail or death from government thugs if they don't, or they risk not being allowed to carry their groceries home if they don't pay the sales tax, which is an outrageous nearly-10-percent in this area.
No, dear editorial writer, they are called "taxes" because they are demanded at gunpoint.
Anybody who seeks "the greater good" can hand over his own money to any cause he thinks enhances that amorphous "greater good" any time.
Taxes, on the other hand, and especially federal and state taxes, go to all kinds of causes that wouldn't receive a penny from working people, from producing and creative people, from any people who had a choice in the matter.
Even local taxes, though, get distributed often to the loudest applicants, not necessarily the most deserving.
That's why taxes are collected at gunpoint, or at least at the threat of guns and jails.


  1. When ever I hear someone say "they are buying a home because once it is paid off it is theirs. They don't want to have to spend the rest of their life paying rent." I tell them to try going a year without paying their property tax and they will find out who owns their home. Anytime I see the words "tax increase" on a ballot I vote NO! Thanks for stopping by my site, yours is very interesting, I will be back.

    God Bless America, God Save The Republic

  2. AS the writers on are always emphasizing - Government is the only entity that claims the "right" to use force - even violence. People who talk about "the greater good" are usually cowards who are too timid to say anything against the government.

  3. I just stopped back to let you know I have posted my Question Of The Week, I hope you will stop by to answer it.

    God Bless America, God Save The Republic

  4. Theft, n. The taking of that which is not yours without permission of the owner. Taxation, n. The taking of that which is not yours without permission of the owner... hmmm...

    Great blog; thanks for your comments on mine.

  5. And now the Supremes tell us that the state can confiscate your home and give it to some developer because that action may be to the "higher good" and benefit of the community by raising higher taxes!! And that's so right about owning your own home -- just try not paying your real estate taxes and see how quickly your home is seized and you are thrown onto the street.

  6. The State has the power of the sword according to both the Bible and the Constitution. If you refuse to pay taxes, they will wield that sword against you. Realm of Sovereigns is right; taxes are, essentially, armed robbery.

    David Schantz is 100% correct; property taxes assume State ownership.

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