Tuesday, June 07, 2011

Quote of the Day - taxation and the Republic

"It is said, mostly by Libertarians, that ‘taxation is theft.’ Theft is too mild a word. Typically, a thief strikes only once, and doesn’t pretend that his robbery is legitimate. Taxation is actually slavery." ~ Rick Tompkins

And why do we need such taxation?

"The American Republic will endure, until politicians realize they can bribe the people with their own money." ~ Alexis de Tocqueville

1 comment:

Mad Jack said...

The politicians are not bribing people with their own money; politicians are bribing people with my money. Mine and yours, anyway. The truth is that we (and people in this group, this 'we', know who I'm talking about) receive far less from the government(s) than we are forced to contribute. We don't even get a say in how the government spends the money they take from us, and we are never likely to get a say, either. This is mainly because we are very likely to spend money is such a way so as to have the best infrastructure in the world, bar none. We, at least a few of us, will provide more than adequate care for the mentally ill, the destitute aged and the hard core unemployable, and we will cheerfully do so at the expense of funding the largest, most expensive military the world has ever seen along with foreign governments and elected official's retirement.

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