Archive for the ‘Taxes’ Category

‘No Tax’: What Beautiful Words!

April 3, 2008

We had to buy our son, Anthony, new eyeglasses today because he had outgrown his current pair. The glasses cost us $129.99, but I was thrilled to see the words “No Tax” on the receipt. Had the typical 5 percent tax been applied, we would have been out another $6.50.

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Before There Were Income Taxes …

April 3, 2008

… there were tariffs. That’s how Uncle Sam fed the beast way back when. The government still collects taxes even with the income tax. Surprised? I didn’t think so.

Hat tip to The Club For Growth, which also points to a bizarre interview where Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid argues that America’s tax system is voluntary.

I’m pretty sure Reid, D-Nev., went to the Bill Clinton School Of Parsing — and failed.

The Bondage Of American Taxation

March 12, 2008

I love history; I hate taxes. So when someone writes a historical piece about taxation in America, with the central message that Americans are being taxed into bankruptcy and bondage, you know I’m going to link to it.

The War On Taxes

January 1, 2008

“No taxation without representation!” That was the battle cry of American colonists in the mid-1700s as the British crown imposed tax after tax upon people who had no recourse to stop them. Their outrage ultimately inspired the American Revolution and thus the United States of America was born.

Well, it has been more than 200 years since that glorious revolution begat the greatest democracy in history. How has the “representation” worked out for your tax bill? My guess is that it hasn’t been so great — and I aim to prove it with this blog.

The colonists griped about a few measly taxes on stamps and tea, but Uncle Sam and his brothers in state and local governments across America take a bite out of our wallets every chance they get. They tax our salaries, our savings, our investments, our food, our gasoline, our utilities, our property, our luxuries and much more.

Some people in this land of liberty can’t even die without the “revenuers” of the IRS sticking out their hands for a big piece of the inheritance pie.

Has taxation with representation really been all that great for America? I don’t think so. And I aim to help quantify the depth of the problem here by keeping a diary of just how much money the government takes from one American family in a year’s time. Every time we pay a tax, I’ll report it here on this blog.

You can play along, too. Report and track your own tax bills by posting comments to each blog entry. And send me your tax tales — the nightmare bills you have faced at the hands of a government that just can’t seem to get enough of our money.

The idea here isn’t to suggest that taxation without representation was somehow better than the democracy we have today. Rather, my goal is to inspire the descendants of the great patriots who fought for a representative government to take note of just how much we have let our government tax us even though we have the power to stop them.

The American colonists fought a war on tyrants. Now it’s time for America to fight a war on taxes.