What Taxes Can ‘Due’ To You

The proud-to-be-liberal New York Times celebrated income-tax day by publishing a pro-tax column that touts an admittedly “sneaky” plan.

The writer, Richard Conniff, said the government should abolish “taxes” — the word, not the practice — and instead start referring to its money-grubbing ways as the collection of “dues.”

Sadly, that sounds like just the kind of deceitful plan politicians and bureaucrats will rush to embrace. They’ve long preferred to hide new taxes under the guise of “fees,” and they love word games. Remember that debate over the meaning of the word “is”?

Look for the “dues” debate to come to a legislative body near you.


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