I have to admit that taxes annoy me generally, though I pay them dutifully with a smile on my face. But the income tax makes me want to expel bile. Why should the government tax productivity? If one is trying to pay for a home, cars, sending the kids to college, trying to start or grow a business, why would we layer a giant bill on top of these efforts? Why would we reduce people’s ability to make their particular corner of the world better?
Because we need to wage global wars? Because agriculture needs more subsidies? Because government employees need even more lavish pensions? Because we must wage a federal war on drugs? Because corporations need more welfare. Because the gainfully employable need more welfare? Because we need to fund massive bureaucracies which are only really interested in protecting their interests and making life hell for the people they “regulate?” Because we need to fund an unbelievably inefficient healthcare system which operates in a socialist la la land of pricing? Because we need to fund Social Security because people have spent their lives being over taxed and so haven’t been able to save for retirement? And so on.
It’s a scam. It’s the same as tribute to the local mafia boss. Pay up or you don’t get to live. It really is as simple as that.
The mafia boss then takes your money and gives a portion out to his “team” and then goes about expanding his power with the rest. Tell me how this is different from much of government.
Some people subscribe to the notion that a graduated income tax is somehow more “fair.” Bull.
The truly rich are not terribly concerned with “income.” They have assets, get paid in stock, buy tax free municipal bonds from Puerto Rico, etc.
The people who are really hurt are the small business owners and the reasonably successful wage earners. They are the ones who get clobbered, not Mr. Burns.
“The power to tax is the power to destroy.” – Chief Justice John Marshall