The government has no money of its own, it produces nothing, and the only tools in its quiver are the use of violent force, the threat thereof, and theft. Not only are these tools grounded in immorality, but there is not a single person or institution more greedy than government. We can pretend otherwise, but this is fact.

Yes, taxation is theft. For those of you who still have difficulty grasping this fact, consider your payroll and income taxes. Do you "give" these taxes to the government, or does the government confiscate them before you even collect your pay?

I think we all know the answer to that ...

Politicians never accuse you of 'greed' for wanting other people's money --- only for wanting to keep your own money. -- Joseph Sobran

Why Americans are Broke

The average American spends more on government than on anything else, including food, clothing and shelter. Another way of putting that is, the average American works for the government more so than for him/herself and family.

The average American spends 46-58% of his or her income on taxes!

Item Rate Notes
Federal income tax 17% Top 25% rate. It ranges from a credit up to well over 40%.
State & local income taxes 10.1% State taxes range from under 6% to over 12%. Local taxes run from zero to 2.75%.
Sales tax 9.7% Figure is the average rate. State sales taxes range up to 8% and local taxes run from zero to over 5%.
Social security & Medicaid 7.65% Total rate is actually 15.3% since half is paid by the employer, but we're ignoring that to be kind.
Federal corporate income tax share 3% Based on corporate taxes being approximately 1/6 of personal taxes, and that they are paid by individuals in the final analysis.
Property tax 2.5% Yearly average actual costs range from under $200 in Alaska to almost $1900 in New Jersey.
Fuel/gasoline tax .5% Approximately 23% of the 2005 gasoline price is for federal & state taxes. The federal excise tax is 18.4 cents per gallon. Per the CPI, about 6% of the average budget is for transportation. Estimated.
Other 5% Includes estate tax, fees, licenses, inflation losses, inheritance, deficit allowance, gift, and others too numerous to mention. Estimated.

Source: How much tax do we really pay?

That's a lot of money.

Doesn't this beg serious moral questions? After all, how can such excessive taxation be considered anything other than blatant, outright theft? And we haven't even included inflation, which steals anywhere from 3-15% more of your total income and savings each and every year.

The difference between a politician and a pickpocket is that the pickpocket doesn't get indignant when you tell him to keep his hands to himself. -- Joseph Sobran

How much does the average American have to earn to buy a $10,000 car?

True Cost of a Car to a Wage Earner
Retail sales price of car $10,000
Michigan sales tax (now $600) 400
Michigan income tax 784
FICA payroll taxes 1,303
Federal income tax 4,551
Total taxes 7,038
Earnings required to purchase car $17,038

Source: A Consumer Guide To Taxes: How Much Do You Really Pay In Taxes?

Ouch! The average American has to earn over $17,000 to purchase a $10,000 car, and people wonder what's wrong with the economy? Get real. Government IS the problem with the economy!

Government Greed

Those who are always accusing people in the private sector of "greed" almost never accuse government of greed, no matter what it does. Indeed, the question of whether the government is greedy almost never comes up, so most of us probably never think about it.

Perhaps one of the most unconscionable acts of greed by government is confiscating people's homes, in order to turn this property over to other people, who are expected to build things that will pay more taxes.Destroying a neighborhood is more than destroying the physical structures there. Valuable personal, professional and business relationships, built up over a period of years, are also destroyed when the people are scattered to the winds.

The biggest beneficiaries are the politicians who get a larger amount of tax money to spend in ways that will increase their prospects of getting re-elected. Seldom, if ever, are the people whose homes are destroyed, and whose lives are disrupted, among the affluent or rich. Urban renewal may go through the South Bronx, but not through Beverly Hills.

And no one calls it greed.

Theft is Immoral

Theft is immoral, even when government does it. This is why you won't ever hear me singing in the "flat tax" or "fair tax" choir. Because there is a serious moral issue to be discussed here first (long before we figure out how to finance government and what can be realistically paid for with those revenues). Besides, The Flat Tax Is Not Flat and the Fair Tax Is Not Fair.

Democrats blame Republicans and Republicans blame Democrats, but left out of all that partisan noise is the fundamental moral question: Whose money is it?

Everyone (on both sides of the aisle) just assumes whatever the government says it needs, people therefore must cough up. But that's a very naive and arbitrary way of justifying the theft of bread off American family dinner tables.

Who says we have to pay such exorbitant taxes? The guy with the guns?

Have we devolved so far as a society that might makes right and the ends justify the means? Based on popular "debate" these days, I'd say we certainly have ... for nobody dare call taxation what it truly is - blatant, outright theft!

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  • 5etester

    Unfortunately,it doesn't end with taxation.August 19,2010 was this years Cost of Government Day which includes the regulatory burdens of all levels of government as well.We worked on average 231 days this year to meet this obligation and gave away 63.41% of our income.And they want more!

    • theCL

      Insane, isn't it?

      This goes beyond the financial though, like I said, this is a moral issue. This is straight-up theft!

  • Chuck Moon

    Whether one approves of cigarette smoking or not, it is criminal the level of tax charged on a pack of cigarettes today---$14 a pack in NYC! And this is justified because smoking is "unhealthy".

    • theCL

      Theft, plain and simple. People's opinions on smoking does not negate theft.