The Tax Path Away from Liberty

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The path away from liberty is
paved with bad taxes, and we trip over them, frequently.

The liberty Americans had in
1900 has been seriously eroded by a taking of our earnings that
continually increases. Back then, little of that was done. Read
the following list of current takings – and shudder:

  • Accounts Receivable Tax 
  • Building Permit Tax 
  • Capital Gains Tax 
  • CDL License Tax 
  • Cigarette Tax 
  • Corporate Income Tax 
  • Court Fines (indirect taxes) 
  • Dog License Tax 
  • Federal Income Tax 
  • Federal Unemployment Tax
    (FUTA) 

  • Fishing License Tax 
  • Food License Tax 
  • Fuel Permit Tax 
  • Gasoline Tax (42 cents per
    gallon) 

  • Hunting License Tax 
  • Inheritance Tax Interest
    Expense (tax on the money) 

  • Inventory Tax IRS Interest
    Charges (tax on top of tax) 

  • IRS Penalties (tax on top
    of tax) 

  • Liquor Tax 
  • Local Income Tax 
  • Luxury Taxes 
  • Marriage License Tax 
  • Medicare Tax 
  • Property Tax 
  • Real Estate Tax 
  • Recreational Vehicle Tax 
  • Road Toll Booth Taxes 
  • Road Usage Taxes (truckers) 
  • Sales Taxes 
  • School Tax 
  • Septic Permit Tax 
  • Service Charge Taxes 
  • Social Security Tax 
  • State Income Tax 
  • State Unemployment Tax (SUTA) 
  • Telephone Federal Excise
    Tax 

  • Telephone Federal, State
    and Local Surcharge Taxes 

  • Telephone Federal Universal
    Service Fee Tax 

  • Telephone Minimum Usage
    Surcharge Tax 

  • Telephone Recurring and
    Nonrecurring Charges Tax 

  • Telephone State and Local
    Tax 

  • Telephone Usage Charge Tax 
  • Toll Bridge Taxes 
  • Toll Tunnel Taxes 
  • Traffic Fines (indirect
    taxation) 

  • Trailer Registration Tax 
  • Utility Taxes 
  • Vehicle License Registration
    Tax 

  • Vehicle Sales Tax 
  • Watercraft Registration
    Tax 

  • Well Permit Tax 
  • Workers’ Compensation
    Tax 

Not one of these taxes existed
100 years ago, and our nation was the most prosperous in the world
and had the largest middle class in the world, and Mom stayed home
to raise the kids. With the increased taking of our earnings, more
families now need two earners to meet expenses

Many still favor these takings
despite the bad results, essentially buying the dogma of Karl Marx,
“From each according to his ability, to each according to his
need,” which forms the basis of the modern welfare state. Those
who buy that seem not to recognize that when the government spends
our earnings, we are precluded from spending them – or saving
or investing them.

It should be apparent that
despite all the political oratory, we citizens are the ones who
pay the taxes under the current convoluted system, regardless of
the supposed sources of the tax revenues (i.e., corporations). Any
earnings tax shifts proposed will not change that.

It has been said that insanity
is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different
result. When will we ever learn?

January
15, 2005

George Amberg
[send him mail] is a
retired research engineer and a commentator for The
Future of Freedom Foundation
.

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