Perspective

Tax Slavery

The American Revolution, as all Americans are taught, began as a rebellion against unfair taxation; in the United States today, however, some 230 years after James Otis protested the Stamp Act, unimaginably higher taxes are imposed on the American people and collected by means that would have seemed tyrannical to George III.  Britain had no tax on income per se, and if government had proposed collecting taxes from income before that income was received—which is how the withholding tax operates—riots would have broken out.  Still, the more loudly our political leaders and economic “experts” clamor for tax reform, the worse the system gets.

For all the thousands of hours of talk and millions of pages of reports and proposals, the government continues, with a few minor ups and downs, to increase its share of citizens’ wealth and income, and—despite the promises of budget cuts, fiscal restraint, and tax reform—American taxpayers, decade by decade, are paying more money for more government.  The exceptions are not worth mentioning because, in the long run, they are statistically meaningless.

Liberals trot out the familiar argument that people want services, but they do not like to pay for them.  Setting aside the difficult question of what people may or may not actually want, let us look at those “services”: a system of schools designed...

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