And if you fail to report that you owe taxes, and fail to pay them, you might go to jail, and I certainly hope that you would go to jail. I think these tax protestors and cheats and just selfish bastards who hide behind tendentious and species logic and reasoning to mask the truly noisome nature of their own greed. Even better than jailing them, would be to put them in stocks in the public square, under a sign that says "I am a selfish tax cheat, who wanted you to pay my share of the bill for the general welfare. Nothing harder than a rotton tomato may be thrown at me. Thank you for your cooperation."
Thanks for sharing what you really feel.
I filed my taxes yesterday, as I do every year. I obey many laws I disagree with, because I do not wish to suffer the consequences of not doing so. Nor do I intend to encourage others to illegally fail to pay taxes. What I wish to encourage is to have the tax laws changed--hopefully eliminated.
Do you have as much wrath towards those who legally pay no taxes, as you do for those who avoid paying the taxes they legally owe? Morally speaking, there is no difference. If my tax bill of about $50,000/year is morally justified, then there is no conceivable moral justification for not imposing the same tax bill, in the exact same amount, on everyone equally: we all benefit from the existence and operation of govenment equally, do we not?
posted on 04/16/2002 3:13:51 PM PDT
Well, in a democracy we decide how to allocate the burden. And the vast majority has decided that ability to pay is releveant, and cross subsidization is acceptable. If you don't like it, move to Hong Kong.
posted on 04/16/2002 3:15:47 PM PDT
Anyone who pays $50,000 a year in taxes, makes a heck of a lot more than I do, can buy just about anything they want (unless they are living beyond their means).
What is it paying taxes is keeping you from getting?
posted on 04/16/2002 7:24:03 PM PDT
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