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[Quote No.44254] Need Area: Money > Tax
"Sometimes the law defends plunder and participates in it. Sometimes the law places the whole apparatus of judges, police, prisons and gendarmes at the service of the plunderers, and treats the victim - when he defends himself - as a criminal." - Frederic Bastiat
(1801-1850), Claude Frederic Bastiat, French economist, statesman, and author. He did most of his writing during the years just before - and immediately following - the French Revolution of February 1848. Quote from his book, 'The Law'.
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[Quote No.44255] Need Area: Money > Tax
"Government theft of private money and redistribution by a government elite is communism not democracy. ... Communism has already been tried for over 70 years, and it doesn't work because people work to support themselves, not their neighbors. When the rewards are confiscated and redistributed to others, people produce less or stop producing altogether. The quantity of 'goods in common' declines until the system finally collapses and everybody is hungry, not just 'the poor.' Then totalitarianism steps in to force people to produce (ask the Russians, the Poles, the Estonians)." - Don Hull
Source: 'The UnReported News', August 27, 1995.
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[Quote No.44261] Need Area: Money > Tax
"The people suffer from famine because of the multitude of taxes consumed by their superiors. It is through this that they suffer famine." - Lao-Tzu
(570-490 BC), Li Erh - 'Old Sage', Father of Taoism. Source: Tao Te Ching
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[Quote No.44515] Need Area: Money > Tax
"When the federal government spends more each year than it collects in tax revenues, it has three choices: It can raise taxes, print money, or borrow money. While these actions may benefit politicians, all three options are bad for average Americans." - Ron Paul
US Congressman
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[Quote No.44519] Need Area: Money > Tax
"Any time a man [or woman] has to pay for something he [or she] does not want because of the initiating of force by the government, he [or she] is, to that degree, a slave." - R.C. Hoiles
Publisher of 'The Orange County Register' in California.
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[Quote No.44966] Need Area: Money > Tax
"[Has tax policy for 'welfare benefits' gone from a safety net to a way to buy votes?] Self-sustaining leviathan: Has Australia's welfare state become so large that it can now sustain itself and grow through the ballot box? This is the key issue raised by recent controversies in the United States and the United Kingdom. Mitt Romney, the Republican presidential hopeful, drew fire for his remarks about the 47% of US households that pay no federal income tax. Romney was factually correct (although many of the 47% do pay social security payroll tax, which is like an income tax), but his analysis was so clumsily expressed that his essential point was lost in the frenzied commentary that ensued. In democratic welfare states, the proportion of the electorate that attracts more in social benefits from government than it pays in tax has become so large that candidates who promise to curb the welfare state have a hard time winning elections. The same issue has been raised in the United Kingdom, where a recent study by the Centre for Policy Studies revealed that 53.4% of households receive more in benefits than they pay in taxes, and that this proportion has been rising dramatically in recent decades. Given these developments, it is instructive to consider how Australia compares in the welfare dependency stakes. Here, 26.4% of individual taxpayers (who are different from households) paid no net income tax in 2009–10. Twenty years ago, this proportion was only 14.3%, and it is likely to have risen further since 2009–10 in light of an increase in the effective tax-free threshold. (Whereas the bottom 47% of US households paid no income tax, the bottom 47% of Australian individual taxpayers accounted for 10% of total income tax paid, although much of this would have been offset by family tax benefits.) But there is no reason to stop at income tax. People also pay GST and many other taxes. The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has compiled data on total taxes paid and total social benefits (cash and in kind) received by households in 2009–10 classified into five slices (quintiles) from bottom to top according to their private income. The first three quintiles (that is, 60% of households) each received more in direct social benefits than they paid in taxes. It is impossible to determine from the ABS data the exact income level at which households, on average, move from being net beneficiaries to net payers, but it is probably close to the median household private income (around $75,000 a year). Whether households are aware of the balance between the taxes they pay and the benefits they receive is another matter. If we compare total benefits with income tax alone, which is the tax households are most aware of paying, then only the top 20% are left paying more than they collect in benefits. It is hardly surprising or objectionable that the population is divided into net beneficiaries and net funders of the welfare state, but there is ample scope for argument about the coverage and size of welfare state benefits, where the dividing line should be drawn between net recipients and net payers, and the size of the burden that the net payers – whether the top 20%, 40%, 50% or whatever – can reasonably be expected to carry. Some things are clear. The welfare state has gone far beyond a 'safety net' concept. There is a large constituency whose direct financial interests are best served by the preservation or enhancement of social benefits, whether or not that is in their broader self-interest or the national interest. And the top 40% of households are bearing the burden, paying 72% of the taxes and receiving 22% of the benefits." - Robert Carling
Senior Fellow at The Centre for Independent Studies, in Australia. Published 23 October 2012. [http://www.cis.org.au/media-information/opinion-pieces/article/4588-self-sustaining-leviathan ]
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[Quote No.45022] Need Area: Money > Tax
"People who get through life dependent on other people's possessions are always the first to lecture you on how little possessions count." - Ben Elton

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[Quote No.45027] Need Area: Money > Tax
"War involves in its progress such a train of unforeseen and unsupposed circumstances that no human wisdom can calculate the end. It has but one thing certain, and that is to increase [death and] taxes." - Thomas Paine
Quote from 'Prospects on the Rubicon', published 1787.
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[Quote No.45133] Need Area: Money > Tax
"[Understanding a person's self-interest is a key factor in trying to understand any person's stated position and action in any situation. The following article is an example of this:] 'GREG MANKIW: Warren Buffett Doesn't Tell You About How He's A Master Of Tax Avoidance': In a NYT [New York Times] Op-Ed today, Warren Buffett argued that the rich should pay a certain minimum tax, and he explained to activist Grover Norquist that it's preposterous to think that businessmen would forgo profitable deals merely because the rate of tax on the profits would go up. But why do people listen to Buffett on taxes? Basically because he's a rich, successful guy (which is why a lot of people are listened to on a lot of subjects). To that end, economist and former Romney [Republican Presidential Candidate] advisor Greg Mankiw has a short post talking about Buffett [CEO of Birkshire Hathaway] as a master of 'tax avoidance,' wherein he lists four things Buffett does to avoid paying taxes. -1- Berkshire never pays a dividend (so the jump in dividend tax hikes don't effect him). -2- Berkshire only trades long-term (so short-term cap gains, which are taxed at income tax rates don't effect him). -3- He's giving most of his money away to charity. -4- His children won't pay income taxes on any assets that are bequeathed to them, so an income tax hike doesn't affect them. None of these are wrong or illegal or anything. And giving your money away to charity is admirable. So the point isn't that Buffett is doing anything wrong, but that he's advocating [Democratic Party] policies which will have very little effect on him [while disadvantaging his competitors. This using the government to help a company compete is a notorious, fundamental part of the political ideology of corporatism also known as 'crony capitalism' where big businesses supports governments that support them]. So if we're going to listen to him [as Democratic politicians say we should] because of who he is, it's not preposterous to note how little of an effect rule changes would have on him. Other folks, in the past, have charged that Buffett specifically benefits from the tax proposals he backs. Tim Carney of the 'Washington Examiner' has pointed out: 'Buffett regularly lobbies for higher estate taxes. He also has repeatedly bought up [for profit] family businesses forced to sell because the heirs’ death-tax bill exceeded the business’s liquid assets. He owns [and profits from] life insurance companies that rely on the death tax in order to sell their estate-planning businesses.' ..." - Joe Weisenthal
Quote from an article published on the 'Business Insider' website, Nov. 26, 2012. [http://www.businessinsider.com/greg-mankiw-on-warren-buffett-2012-11#ixzz2DP0OoH3G ]
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[Quote No.45135] Need Area: Money > Tax
"[Politicians, especially socialist, paternalistic, big government politicians, fraudulently promise more in entitlements than they can deliver from tax revenue in election policies that amount to nothing more than an auction of future benefits for votes in order to gain and keep political power. This is achieved is by government's deliberately deceptive accounting procedures using usually unrealistic financial assumptions - that would amount to fraud if done by a company rather than a country - and keeping the real details from voters. The following article is an example of this perversion of the responsibilities of government and politicians:] Cox and Archer: Why $16 Trillion Only Hints at the True U.S. Debt - Hiding the government's liabilities from the public makes it seem that we can tax our way out of mounting deficits. We can't. [Increasing taxes without reducing entitlement spending and the size and cost of government will not fix the problem and talking of rapidly growing the economic pie is dangerously unrealistic as is trying to inflate away the debt and entitlements.] A decade and a half ago, both of us [authors of this article] served on President Clinton's Bipartisan Commission on Entitlement and Tax Reform, the forerunner to President Obama's recent National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform. In 1994 we predicted that, unless something was done to control runaway entitlement spending, Medicare and Social Security would eventually go bankrupt or confront severe benefit cuts. Eighteen years later, nothing has been done. Why? The usual reason is that entitlement reform is the third rail of American politics. That explanation presupposes voter demand for entitlements at any cost, even if it means bankrupting the nation. A better explanation is that the full extent of the problem has remained hidden from policy makers and the public because of less than transparent government financial statements. How else could responsible officials claim that Medicare and Social Security have the resources they need to fulfill their commitments for years to come? As Washington wrestles with the roughly $600 billion 'fiscal cliff' and the 2013 budget, the far greater fiscal challenge of the U.S. government's unfunded pension and health-care liabilities remains offstage. The truly important figures would appear on the federal balance sheet—if the government prepared an accurate one. But it hasn't. For years, the government has gotten by without having to produce the kind of financial statements that are required of most significant for-profit and nonprofit enterprises. The U.S. Treasury 'balance sheet' does list liabilities such as Treasury debt issued to the public, federal employee pensions, and post-retirement health benefits. But it does not include the unfunded liabilities of Medicare, Social Security and other outsized and very real obligations. As a result, fiscal policy discussions generally focus on current-year budget deficits, the accumulated national debt, and the relationships between these two items and gross domestic product. We most often hear about the alarming $15.96 trillion national debt (more than 100% of GDP), and the 2012 budget deficit of $1.1 trillion (6.97% of GDP). As dangerous as those numbers are, they do not begin to tell the story of the federal government's true liabilities. The actual liabilities of the federal government—including Social Security, Medicare, and federal employees' future retirement benefits—already exceed $86.8 trillion, or 550% of GDP. For the year ending Dec. 31, 2011, the annual accrued expense of Medicare and Social Security was $7 trillion. Nothing like that figure is used in calculating the deficit. In reality, the reported budget deficit is less than one-fifth of the more accurate figure. Why haven't Americans heard about the titanic $86.8 trillion liability from these programs? One reason: The actual figures do not appear in black and white on any balance sheet. But it is possible to discover them. Included in the annual Medicare Trustees' report are separate actuarial estimates of the unfunded liability for Medicare Part A (the hospital portion), Part B (medical insurance) and Part D (prescription drug coverage). As of the most recent Trustees' report in April, the net present value of the unfunded liability of Medicare was $42.8 trillion. The comparable balance sheet liability for Social Security is $20.5 trillion. Were American policy makers to have the benefit of transparent financial statements prepared the way public companies must report their pension liabilities, they would see clearly the magnitude of the future borrowing that these liabilities imply. Borrowing on this scale could eclipse the capacity of global capital markets—and bankrupt not only the programs themselves but the entire federal government. These real-world impacts will be felt when currently unfunded liabilities need to be paid. In theory, the Medicare and Social Security trust funds have at least some money to pay a portion of the bills that are coming due. In actuality, the cupboard is bare: 100% of the payroll taxes for these programs were spent in the same year they were collected. In exchange for the payroll taxes that aren't paid out in benefits to current retirees in any given year, the trust funds got nonmarketable Treasury debt. Now, as the baby boomers' promised benefits swamp the payroll-tax collections from today's workers, the government has to swap the trust funds' nonmarketable securities for marketable Treasury debt. The Treasury will then have to sell not only this debt, but far more, in order to pay the benefits as they come due. When combined with funding the general cash deficits, these multitrillion-dollar Treasury operations will dominate the capital markets in the years ahead, particularly given China's de-emphasis of new investment in U.S. Treasurys in favor of increasing foreign direct investment, and Japan's and Europe's own sovereign-debt challenges. When the accrued expenses of the government's entitlement programs are counted, it becomes clear that to collect enough tax revenue just to avoid going deeper into debt would require over $8 trillion in tax collections annually. That is the total of the average annual accrued liabilities of just the two largest entitlement programs, plus the annual cash deficit. Nothing like that $8 trillion amount is available for the IRS to target. According to the most recent tax data, all individuals filing tax returns in America and earning more than $66,193 per year have a total adjusted gross income of $5.1 trillion. In 2006, when corporate taxable income peaked before the recession, all corporations in the U.S. had total income for tax purposes of $1.6 trillion. That comes to $6.7 trillion available to tax from these individuals and corporations under existing tax laws. In short, if the government confiscated the entire adjusted gross income of these American taxpayers, plus all of the corporate taxable income in the year before the recession, it wouldn't be nearly enough to fund the over $8 trillion per year in the growth of U.S. liabilities. Some public officials and pundits claim we can dig our way out through tax increases on upper-income earners, or even all taxpayers. In reality, that would amount to bailing out the Pacific Ocean with a teaspoon. Only by addressing these unsustainable spending commitments can the nation's debt and deficit problems be solved. Neither the public nor policy makers will be able to fully understand and deal with these issues unless the government publishes financial statements that present the government's largest financial liabilities in accordance with well-established norms in the private sector. When the new Congress convenes in January, making the numbers clear—and establishing policies that finally address them before it is too late—should be a top order of business." - Chris Cox and Bill Archer
Mr. Cox, a former chairman of the House Republican Policy Committee and the Securities and Exchange Commission, is president of Bingham Consulting LLC. Mr. Archer, a former chairman of the House Ways & Means Committee, is a senior policy adviser at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. A version of this article appeared November 27, 2012, on page A17 in the U.S. edition of The Wall Street Journal, with the headline: Why $16 Trillion Only Hints at the True U.S. Debt. [http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323353204578127374039087636.html?mod=hp_opinion ]
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[Quote No.45144] Need Area: Money > Tax
"Since this is an era when many people are concerned about 'fairness' and 'social justice,' what is your 'fair share' [or entitlement] of what someone else has worked for [that the government should take from them against their will by force and give to you]?" - Thomas Sowell
American economist and social theorist
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[Quote No.45152] Need Area: Money > Tax
"There are people in need of help. Charity [for others' welfare] is one of the nobler human motivations. The act of reaching into one's own pockets to help a fellow man in need is praiseworthy and laudable. Reaching into someone else's pocket [even if done by government as authorised by a majority vote in a democracy] is despicable and worthy of condemnation [as a violation of the natural rights of those taxed, even to fulfill the basic needs of those that receive the benefits]." - Walter Edward Williams
(1936 - ), an American economist, commentator, and academic. He is the John M. Olin Distinguished Professor of Economics at George Mason University, as well as a syndicated columnist and author known for his libertarian views.
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[Quote No.45155] Need Area: Money > Tax
"Three-fifths to two-thirds of the federal budget consists of taking property from one American and giving it to another. Were a private person to do the same thing, we'd call it theft. When government does it, we euphemistically call it income redistribution, but that's exactly what thieves do - redistribute income. [Forced] Income redistribution [rather than freely chosen income redistribution in the form of charity] not only betrays the [US] founders' vision, [as it is forced confiscation, which is the definition of theft] it's a sin in the eyes of God [breaking one of the Ten Commandments]." - Walter Edward Williams
(1936 - ), an American economist, commentator, and academic. He is the John M. Olin Distinguished Professor of Economics at George Mason University, as well as a syndicated columnist and author known for his libertarian views.
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[Quote No.45169] Need Area: Money > Tax
"By the democratic principles we espouse, government cannot have a right that citizens do not grant it. There are certain things that a person has no right to do. A person has no right to murder or rape another. Therefore, people cannot grant government authority to murder and rape. Similarly, no person has the right to forcibly take the property of one person in order to give it to another. Therefore, people cannot grant government authority to do the same thing. If I forcibly took property from one person, for any reason, most people would condemn it as theft, an immoral act. Theft or any other immoral act does not become moral because it is done by government acting on behalf of a consensus or majority vote just as murder or rape does not become a moral act simply because of a consensus or majority vote." - Walter Edward Williams
(1936 - ), an American economist, commentator, and academic. He is the John M. Olin Distinguished Professor of Economics at George Mason University, as well as a syndicated columnist and author known for his libertarian views.
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[Quote No.45172] Need Area: Money > Tax
"It was not until the Abraham Lincoln administration that an income tax was imposed on Americans. Its stated purpose was to finance the war, but it took until 1872 for it to be repealed. During the Grover Cleveland administration, Congress enacted the Income Tax Act of 1894. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled it unconstitutional in 1895. It took the Sixteenth Amendment (1913) to make permanent what the Framers feared — today’s income tax [and the intrusive, big, paternalistic government it allows]." - Walter Edward Williams
(1936 - ), an American economist, commentator, and academic. He is the John M. Olin Distinguished Professor of Economics at George Mason University, as well as a syndicated columnist and author known for his libertarian views.
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[Quote No.45173] Need Area: Money > Tax
"Once one accepts the principle of self-ownership, what’s moral and immoral becomes self-evident. Murder is immoral because it violates private property. Rape and theft are also immoral — they also violate private property. Here’s an important question: Would rape become morally acceptable if Congress passed a law legalizing it? You say: 'What’s wrong with you, Williams? Rape is immoral plain and simple, no matter what Congress says or does!' If you take that position, isn’t it just as immoral when Congress legalizes the taking of one person’s earnings to give to another? Surely if a private person took money from one person and gave it to another, we’d deem it theft and, as such, immoral. Does the same act become moral when Congress takes people’s money to give to farmers, airline companies or an impoverished family? No, it’s still theft, but with an important difference: It’s legal, and participants aren’t jailed." - Walter Edward Williams
(1936 - ), an American economist, commentator, and academic. He is the John M. Olin Distinguished Professor of Economics at George Mason University, as well as a syndicated columnist and author known for his libertarian views.
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[Quote No.45174] Need Area: Money > Tax
"Why is it that Michael Jordan earns $33 million a year and I don’t even earn one-half of one percent of that? I can play basketball, but my problem is with my fellow man, who’d plunk down $200 to see Jordan play and wouldn’t pay a dollar to see me play. I’m also willing to sell my name as endorsements for sneakers and sport clothing, but no one has approached me. The bottom line explanation of Michael Jordan’s income relative to mine lies in his capacity to please his fellow man. The person who takes exception to Jordan’s salary or sees him, ...as making 'little contribution to society' is really disagreeing with decisions made by millions upon millions of independent decision-makers who decided to fork over their money to see Jordan play. The suggestion that Congress ought to take part of Jordan’s earnings and give it to someone else is the same as arrogantly saying, 'I know better who ought to receive those dollars.'" - Walter Edward Williams
(1936 - ), an American economist, commentator, and academic. He is the John M. Olin Distinguished Professor of Economics at George Mason University, as well as a syndicated columnist and author known for his libertarian views.
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[Quote No.45175] Need Area: Money > Tax
"We might think of dollars as being 'certificates of performance.' The better I serve my fellow man, and the higher the value he places on that service, the more certificates of performance he gives me. The more certificates I earn, the greater my claim on the goods my fellow man produces. That’s the morality of the market. In order for one to have a claim on what his fellow man produces, he must first serve him. Contrast that moral standard to Congress’ [or any politician's] standing offer, 'Vote for me and I’ll take what your fellow man produces and give it to you.'" - Walter Edward Williams
(1936 - ), an American economist, commentator, and academic. He is the John M. Olin Distinguished Professor of Economics at George Mason University, as well as a syndicated columnist and author known for his libertarian views.
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[Quote No.45178] Need Area: Money > Tax
"If I see a person in need of food, what if I walk up to another person and, through threats, intimidation and coercion, take his money and give it to the needy person? I believe and hope that most Americans would see such an act as theft. Would the conclusion differ if we collectively agreed to take one person’s money to feed the needy person? It’d still be theft. Immoral acts such as theft, rape and murder don’t become moral when done collectively through a majority decision." - Walter Edward Williams
(1936 - ), an American economist, commentator, and academic. He is the John M. Olin Distinguished Professor of Economics at George Mason University, as well as a syndicated columnist and author known for his libertarian views.
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[Quote No.45179] Need Area: Money > Tax
"Suppose I hire you to repair my computer. The job is worth $200 to me and doing the job is worth $200 to you. The transaction will occur because we have a meeting of the mind. Now suppose there’s the imposition of a 30 percent income tax on you. That means you won’t receive $200 but instead $140. You might say the heck with working for me — spending the day with your family is worth more than $140. You might then offer that you’ll do the job if I pay you $285. That way your after-tax earnings will be $200 — what the job was worth to you. There’s a problem. The repair job was worth $200 to me, not $285. So it’s my turn to say the heck with it. This simple example demonstrates that one effect of taxes is that of eliminating transactions, and hence jobs." - Walter Edward Williams
(1936 - ), an American economist, commentator, and academic. He is the John M. Olin Distinguished Professor of Economics at George Mason University, as well as a syndicated columnist and author known for his libertarian views.
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[Quote No.45181] Need Area: Money > Tax
"Should the fact that if I become injured by not wearing a seatbelt or sick from eating and smoking too much, and become a burden on taxpayers, determine whether I’m free to not wear a seatbelt or puff cigarettes and gorge myself? Is there a problem with freedom? I say no, it’s a problem of socialism. There is absolutely no moral case for government’s taking another American’s earnings, through taxes, to care for me for any reason whatsoever. Doing so is simply a slightly less offensive form of slavery. Keep in mind that the essence of slavery is the forceful use of one person to serve the purposes or benefit of another." - Walter Edward Williams
(1936 - ), an American economist, commentator, and academic. He is the John M. Olin Distinguished Professor of Economics at George Mason University, as well as a syndicated columnist and author known for his libertarian views.
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[Quote No.45232] Need Area: Money > Tax
"When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic." - Benjamin Franklin
(1706-1790) US Founding Father
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[Quote No.45263] Need Area: Money > Tax
"Income tax time is when you test your powers of deduction." - Shelby Friedman

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[Quote No.45372] Need Area: Money > Tax
"[Politicians depending on their beliefs may have reservations about economic incentives in capitalism but they understand them only too well in relation to buying and building political support:] When you've got them by their wallets, their hearts and minds will follow." - Fern Naito

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[Quote No.45452] Need Area: Money > Tax
"When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men living together in society, they create for themselves, in the course of time, a legal system that authorizes it and a moral code that glorifies it." - Frederic Bastiat

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[Quote No.45453] Need Area: Money > Tax
"INEPTOCRACY: A system of government where the least capable to lead are elected by the least capable of producing [once they have become the majority in a democratic system], and where the members of society least likely to sustain themselves or succeed, are rewarded with goods and services paid for by the confiscated wealth of a diminishing numbers of producers. " - Unknown

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[Quote No.45464] Need Area: Money > Tax
"Of course, one can never get something for nothing; from a public finance perspective, increased monetization of government debt [i.e. 'money printing' sometimes euphemistically called 'quantitative easing' in order to buy government debt] simply amounts to replacing other forms of taxes with an inflation tax [the secret tax that hurts the poor, those on social security welfare and the retired people (whose income is fixed, who own fewer assets that rise with inflation and who spend a higher percentage of their income on basic needs that aren't counted in government inflation measures like food and fuel) the most]. But, in the context of deflation-ridden Japan, generating a little bit of positive inflation (and the associated increase in nominal government, business and personal spending) would help achieve the goals of promoting [nominal] economic recovery and putting idle resources back to work, which in turn would boost tax revenue and improve the government's fiscal position [regardless of the inflation damage to savers' assets and spenders' reduced purchasing power and the increased taxes from inflation-based bracket creep]." - Ben Bernanke
Chairman of the US Federal Reserve Bank. Quote from a May 31, 2003 speech entitled 'Some Thoughts on Monetary Policy in Japan'. [http://humblestudentofthemarkets.blogspot.com.au/2013/01/from-anti-inflation-to-pro-inflation.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed:+HumbleStudentOfTheMarkets+(Humble+Student+of+the+Markets)]
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[Quote No.45482] Need Area: Money > Tax
"The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public's money." - Alexis de Tocqueville

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[Quote No.45613] Need Area: Money > Tax
"Do not [just] blame Caesar, blame the people of Rome who have so enthusiastically acclaimed and adored him and rejoiced in their loss of freedom and danced in his path and given him triumphal processions. Blame the people who hail him when he speaks in the Forum of the new wonderful good society [an early version of socialism] which shall now be Rome's, interpreted to mean more money, more ease, more security, and more living fatly at the expense of the industrious. [Blame the people who have sold their own and everyone else's freedom and independence for the petty security of the slave and beast of burden.]" - Marcus Tullius Cicero
(106-43 BC) Roman philosopher and statesman
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[Quote No.45634] Need Area: Money > Tax
"There exist in the world only two great [personalities and therefore political] parties; that of those who prefer to live from the produce of their labor or of their property, and that of those who prefer to live on the labor [of 'slaves'] or the property of others [through 'theft' for example by progressive taxation - unequal cost for equal representation and services]." - Charles Dunoyer
(1786-1862)
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[Quote No.45665] Need Area: Money > Tax
"An outstanding feature of the open market is the businessman, whose success or failure depends entirely on his ability to 'focus on consumer needs' and so combine existing and potential factors of production to serve consumers most efficiently. The only constructive role government can play under the free market method of overcoming poverty is to see that the participation of individuals is strictly voluntary - that none is permitted to steal from or cheat or enslave another. In the free and open society, the organized force of government is to be used only if necessary to protect the lives and property of peaceful individuals. In other words, the proper function of government is to protect against robbery rather than practice it." - Paul L. Poirot
Quoted in the magazine, 'The Freeman', April 1965.
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[Quote No.45746] Need Area: Money > Tax
"On Paying Our 'Fair Share': President Obama often asserts that fairness requires everyone 'to play by the same rules.' He then calls for raising tax rates paid by 'millionaires and billionaires,' but no one else. Well, Mr. President, you cannot have it both ways. Logically, if we are to enjoy what the Constitution calls 'equal protection of the law,' government must treat us equally. But what does equal treatment (everybody playing by the same rules) mean when it comes to taxing income? Present law imposes a progressive income tax — higher income earners must pay higher tax rates than lower income earners... [Howerever] In most areas of human action, there is a widely shared opinion that proportionality — equal percentage increases and decreases — is fair. Proportionality appeals to our moral intuition. For example, suppose there is not enough water this year to allow everyone to consume as much water as they did last year. Water prices must rise (the best solution) or water must be rationed. In the latter case, what is fair? The admittedly unscientific answer that comes to mind is that everyone should cut back by the same percent of last year's consumption. Equal rates suggest equal treatment. Everyone is playing by 'the same rules.' A proportional income tax would tax all income earners at the same rate. If the tax rate were 20 percent, a taxpayer with $100,000 income would pay $20,000 in tax. A taxpayer with $10,000 in income would pay $2,000 in tax. If you earned 10 times more income than another person, you would pay 10 times more in tax. Any set of progressive tax rates is arbitrary. If the set 10%, 20%, and 30% is unfair, would the set 20%, 30%, 50%, and 90% be fair? How could anyone ever know? It’s all a matter of opinion — or a matter of politics. It’s therefore difficult to see how any progressive tax can be justified at all. There is certainly no scientific rationale for such a tax. Teddy Roosevelt and Barack Obama to the contrary notwithstanding, a progressive income tax is unfair precisely because it is deeply and unavoidably arbitrary. Applying the same percentage tax rate to all taxpayers, in order to raise a given amount of tax revenue, is indeed also an arbitrary rule. But it is a whole lot less arbitrary than imposing any one of an infinite set of progressive tax rates that could raise that same tax revenue. Moreover, with one tax rate applied to all amounts of income and with an unchanged number of taxpayers, everyone would pay more taxes when more tax revenue is raised. No one could be a free-rider. Everyone would have the same proportional skin in the game. That sounds fair to me..." - Charles Baird
Professor of economics emeritus at California State University at East Bay. Quoted January 24, 2013. [Read more: http://www.fee.org/the_freeman/detail/on-paying-our-fair-share#ixzz2JkzpLCmF ]
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[Quote No.46329] Need Area: Money > Tax
"In all the years I took my daughter to the playground, I never once heard another parent tell a child that if some kids have more toys than you do, that makes it okay to take some of them away. Nor did I ever hear a parent tell a child that if some kids have more toys than others, that makes it okay to form a government and vote to take some of those toys away. Of course we encourage sharing, and we try to make our children feel remorse when they are very selfish. But at the same time, we tell them that if other children are being selfish, you must cope with that in some way short of a forcible expropriation. You can cajole, bargain, or ostracize, but you cannot simply steal. Nor is there any such thing as a legitimate government with the authority to do your stealing for you." - Steven Landsburg

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[Quote No.46352] Need Area: Money > Tax
"I don't like the income tax. Every time we talk about these taxes we get around to the idea of 'from each according to his capacity and to each according to his needs.' That's socialism. It's written in the Communist Manifesto. Maybe we ought to see that every person who gets a tax return receives a copy of the Communist Manifesto with it so he can see what's happening to him." - T. Coleman Andrews
Commissioner of Internal Revenue. Quoted in 'U.S. News & World Report', May 25, 1956.
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[Quote No.46353] Need Area: Money > Tax
"[Taxes:] To take from one, because it is thought that his own industry and that of his fathers has acquired too much, in order to spare to others, who, or whose fathers, have not exercised equal industry and skill, is to violate arbitrarily the first principle of association, the guarantee to every one of a free exercise of his industry and the fruits acquired by it!" - Thomas Jefferson

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[Quote No.46378] Need Area: Money > Tax
"In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes." - Benjamin Franklin

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[Quote No.46379] Need Area: Money > Tax
"We must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt... Taxation follows that, and in its train wretchedness and oppression." - Thomas Jefferson
(1743-1826), US Founding Father, drafted the Declaration of Independence, 3rd US President. Quote from his letter to Samuel Kercheval, Monticello, July 12, 1816.
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[Quote No.46380] Need Area: Money > Tax
"The government taxes you when you bring home a paycheck. It taxes you when you make a phone call. It taxes you when you turn on a light. It taxes you when you sell a stock. It taxes you when you fill your car with gas. It taxes you when you ride a plane. It taxes you when you get married. Then it taxes you when you die. This is taxual insanity and it must end." - J. C. Watts, Jr.
(1957- ) US Congressman from Oklahoma (R), former quarterback in the Canadian Football League
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[Quote No.46381] Need Area: Money > Tax
"The war against illegal plunder has been fought since the beginning of the world. But how is... legal plunder to be identified? Quite simply. See if the law takes from some persons what belongs to them, and gives it to other persons to whom it does not belong [for example as in many taxes]. See if the law benefits one citizen at the expense of another by doing what the citizen himself cannot do without committing a crime. Then abolish this law without delay ... If such a law is not abolished immediately it will spread, multiply and develop into a system." - Frederic Bastiat
(1801-1850) French economist, statesman, and author. He did most of his writing during the years just before -- and immediately following -- the French Revolution of February 1848. Source: 'The Law' by Frederic Bastiat (1848)
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[Quote No.46435] Need Area: Money > Tax
"... every tax or rate, forcibly taken from an unwilling person [rather than freely exchanged in a market by a willing person for public services], is immoral and oppressive." - Auberon Herbert
(1838-1906) English author. Source: 'The Principles of Voluntaryism' [1897], reproduced in 'The Right and Wrong of Compulsion by the State, and Other Essays' by Auberon Herbert (Indianapolis: Liberty Classics, 1978), p. 393.
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[Quote No.46436] Need Area: Money > Tax
"... as all history informs us, there has been in every State and Kingdom a constant kind of warfare between the governing and 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
(1706-1790) US Founding Father. Source: before the Constitutional Convention, (June 2, 1787).
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[Quote No.46437] Need Area: Money > Tax
"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... [it is] called taxation." - United States Supreme Court
Source: Loan Association v. Topeka (18__ )
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[Quote No.46438] Need Area: Money > Tax
"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 and 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 and more avid for state hand-outs. It has shifted the balance in America from an individual-centered to a State-centered economic and social system." - W. H. Chamberlin
(1897-1969) American historian, journalist, author
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[Quote No.46439] Need Area: Money > Tax
"[High - i.e. double digit - tax rates:] Who could impose such socialistic confiscatory rates?" - William E. Borah
(1865-1940) United States Senator (Republican-Idaho). Source: denying the possibility that income tax could ever exceed 9%.
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[Quote No.46740] Need Area: Money > Tax
"When a government becomes powerful it is destructive, extravagant and violent; it is an usurer which takes bread from innocent mouths and deprives honorable men of their substance, for votes with which to perpetuate itself." - Cicero
54 B.C.
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[Quote No.46741] Need Area: Money > Tax
"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
(1946-2010) Columnist
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[Quote No.46917] Need Area: Money > Tax
"After the 16th Amendment [to the US Constitution] was ratified, an income tax was imposed starting in 1913 with rates ranging from 1 percent to 7 percent with the top rate applying only to incomes in excess of $500,000. By 1916 that top rate had risen to 15 percent, on income in excess of $2,000,000. The top rate exceeded 90 percent at its peak in the early 1950s. The first 1040 form -- instructions and all -- took up only four pages. Today there are some 4,000 pages of tax forms and instructions. American workers and business are forced to spend more than 5.4 billion man-hours every year figuring out their taxes. Since those hours could be put to a more productive use, and almost surely would be in the absence of today’s incomprehensible tax code, the result is a large dead-weight output loss of some $200 billion each year. ... The IRS now has more enforcement personnel than the EPA, BATF, OSHA, FDA, and DEA combined. With its 115,000-man workforce, it has the power to search the property and financial documents of American citizens without a search warrant and to seize property from American citizens without a trial. It routinely does both. Economist James L. Payne has written a most revealing analysis of the IRS, a 1993 book entitled Costly Returns. He arrives at a stunning conclusion, the total cost to collect our federal taxes, including the effects on the economy as a whole adds up to an amazing 65 percent of all the tax dollars received annually. The U.S. tax system, says Payne, has produced hundreds of thousands of victims of erroneous IRS penalties, liens, levies, and tax advice. In answering taxpayer questions, for example, the IRS telephone information service has in previous years given about one-third of all callers -- as many as 8.5 million Americans -- the wrong answers to their questions. A 1987 General Accounting Office study found that 47 percent of a random sample of IRS correspondence -- including demands for payments -- contained errors. Incredibly a GAO audit of the IRS in 1993 found widespread evidence of financial malfeasance and gross negligence at the agency. The IRS could not account for 64 percent of its congressional appropriation!" - Dr. Lawrence W. Reed
(1953 - ), President of the Foundation for Economic Education. Source: Taxes and Tyranny, THE UNREPORTED NEWS, August 27, 1995.
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[Quote No.46918] Need Area: Money > Tax
"Three groups spend other people's money: children, thieves, politicians. All three need supervision." - Dick Armey
(1940- ) U.S. Congressman - Republican representing Texas.
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[Quote No.47027] Need Area: Money > Tax
"The ability to print money [rather than raise or reallocate existing taxes and spending] gives the government an ex post option to renegotiate (write down) its debt in real terms. If the government spending and/or investments prove wasteful or unwise, it can allocate the pain to bondholders by printing more money instead of facing the wrath of the electorate by raising taxes in a slumping economy. This option to renegotiate debt without legislative procedure enables irresponsible spending by the government, perpetually, or at least until rampant inflation ensues...The government’s willingness to borrow rather than tax is a statement about its ability to allocate pain. Higher taxation today allocates pain to wage earners now. Borrowing [and increasing the government's budget deficit] is a tax on future wage earners...." - Dr. Jason Hsu
the chief investment officer of Research Affiliates. Quote from his presentation, 'The Risk of Government Policies and the Rationing of Retirement', summarising the 2013 annual Research Affiliates Advisory Panel conference. [http://www.mauldineconomics.com/outsidethebox/the-risk-of-government-policies-and-the-rationing-of-retirement ]
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[Quote No.47030] Need Area: Money > Tax
"The best way to put more money in people's wallets is to leave it there in the first place [but that would not allow politicians and the government to take the money from those they don't care for and give it to those they do]!" - Edwin Feulner
(1941 - ) Founder and President of the Heritage Foundation
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