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Quote of the Day

“… as all history informs us, there has been in every State & Kingdom a constant kind of warfare between the governing & governed: the one striving to obtain more for its support, and the other to pay less. And this has alone occasioned great convulsions, actual civil wars, ending either in dethroning of the Princes, or enslaving of the people. Generally indeed the ruling power carries its point, the revenues of princes constantly increasing, and we see that they are never satisfied, but always in want of more. The more the people are discontented with the oppression of taxes; the greater need the prince has of money to distribute among his partisans and pay the troops that are to suppress all resistance, and enable him to plunder at pleasure. There is scarce a king in a hundred who would not, if he could, follow the example of Pharaoh, get first all the peoples money, then all their lands, and then make them and their children servants for ever …”

— Benjamin Franklin

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“… every tax or rate, forcibly taken from an unwilling person, is immoral and
oppressive.”
— Auberon Herbert

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Anything you don't understand is dangerous until you do
understand it.         
  --Larry Niven

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“To lay with one hand the power of government on the property of the
citizen, and with the other to bestow it on favored individuals…
is none the less robbery because it is… called taxation.”
— United States Supreme Court

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“One of the most insidious consequences of the present burden of personal
income tax is that it strips many middle class families of financial reserves &
seems to lend support to campaigns for socialized medicine, socialized housing,
socialized food, socialized every thing. The personal income tax has made the
individual vastly more dependent on the State & more avid for state hand-outs.
It has shifted the balance in America from an individual-centered to a
State-centered economic & social system.”
— W. H. Chamberlin

 

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“Anyone may arrange his affairs so that his taxes shall be as low as
possible; he is not bound to choose that pattern which best pays the
treasury. There is not even a patriotic duty to increase one’s taxes.
Over and over again the Courts have said that there is nothing sinister
in so arranging affairs as to keep taxes as low as possible. Everyone
does it, rich and poor alike and all do right, for nobody owes any
public duty to pay more than the law demands.”
— Judge Learned Hand

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“Because of what appears to be a lawful command on the surface, many Citizens,
because of their respect for what appears to be law, are cunningly coerced into
waiving their rights due to ignorance.”
— United States Supreme Court

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“We have a system that increasingly taxes work and subsidizes nonwork.”
— Milton Friedman

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“The reason this country continues its drift toward socialism
and big nanny government is because too many people vote
in the expectation of getting something for nothing,
not because they have a concern for what is good for the country.
A better educated electorate might change the reason many persons vote.
If children were forced to learn about the Constitution,
about how government works, about how this nation came into being,
about taxes and about how government forever threatens the cause of
liberty perhaps we wouldn’t see so many foolish ideas coming
out of the mouths of silly old men.”
— Lyn Nofziger

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“We must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt.
We must make our election between economy and liberty or profusion and servitude.
If we run into such debt, as that we must be taxed in our meat and
in our drink, in our necessaries and our comforts, in our labors and
our amusements, for our calling and our creeds…
[we will] have no time to think,
no means of calling our miss-managers to account
but be glad to obtain subsistence by hiring ourselves
to rivet their chains on the necks of our fellow-sufferers…
And this is the tendency of all human governments.
A departure from principle in one instance
becomes a precedent for [another ]…
till the bulk of society is reduced to be mere automatons of misery…
And the fore-horse of this frightful team is public debt.
Taxation follows that, and in its train wretchedness and oppression.”
— Thomas Jefferson