Every tax is a pay cut.  Every tax cut is a pay raise.

  • Taxes are not levied for the benefit of the taxed.
         Robert Heinlein

  • The disposition to hunt down rich men as if they were noxious beasts is a very attractive sport. But confidence is shaken and enterprise chilled, and the unemployed queue up at the soup kitchen or march out to the public works with ever growing expense to the taxpayers and nothing more appetizing to take home to their families than the leg or wing of what was once a millionaire. It is indespensable to the wealth of nations and to the wage and life standards of labour, that capital and credit should be honoured and cherished partners in the economic system.
         Winston Churchill

  • Taxes are what we pay for civilized society.
         Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr., 1904

    The federal income tax was established in 1913, when by some definitions, we had more civilization back then, than we have now.

  • Officials are less inclined to squander what is not there.

  • Government rarely pauses to consider what income is.

  • A little before the introduction of this unprincipled scheme of plunder called the income tax, the law of perjury applicable to taxpayers who made a false return, was amended so as to make the offense punishable by transportation to Botany Bay.

  • If we ride in a chaise, or a coach, or on a horse; if we keep a dog; if we have a window to see through, a servant to assist us, a large part of the cost is tax. We can have no title to property, no right of occupation; we can neither lend or borrow nor pay nor receive money; nor can we ask for law or justice without paying a tax and when the breath is out of our bodies, the government demands a strict account of our bequests, and takes from our children or others, a large part of what we leave behind.
        William Colbert, 1829

  • The average citizen, thru taxation, in effect does unrenumerated work for the various levels of government for the equivalent of four months of the year.

  • Tax graduation is not an evil to be paltered with.

    The moment you abandon, in framing of such taxes, the cardinal principle of exacting from all individuals the same proportion of their income or their property, you are at sea without a rudder or compass and there is no amount of injustice and folly you may not commit.
        J.R. McCulloch, 1862

  • It is one thing in principle, to ask from the wealthier citizens a disproportionate contribution towards common defense and general welfare. It is another thing to ask them to contribute directly towards the welfare of those less prosperous.

  • Government is an organization which combines the maximum of effort with the minimum of results, attempting little and achieving less. Every government official prolongs his business until they have all become pensionable...

  • Giving money to governments is just like giving whiskey and shotguns to teenagers.

  • Government is not reason; it is not eloquent; it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master.
         George Washington

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