Pay Up or Die

Wednesday, February 22, 2012
By Paul Martin

by Laurence M. Vance
Informationliberation.com
Feb 21 2012

“I like to pay taxes. With them, I buy civilization.” ~ Oliver Wendell Holmes

Because I don’t like to pay taxes, I was intrigued by the title of the article by Stephen Foster that I was directed to titled: “102 Things NOT To Do If You Hate Taxes.” The article is a liberal defense of the legitimacy of the government (usually federal, but sometimes state or local) confiscating a portion of Americans’ incomes and redistributing and reallocating the incomes because the government provides certain services. Implied throughout the article is the myth that none of the 102 things listed “NOT to do” would exist without the government. The above Holmes quote appears at the end of the article.

Before the list of the 102 things “NOT to do if you hate taxes,” the article is prefaced with this statement: “So, you’re a Republican that hates taxes? Well, since you do not like taxes or government, please kindly do the following.”

Since when do Republicans hate taxes? Since when do Republicans not like taxes or government other than when it is Democrats collecting the taxes and running the government? There is only one Republican member of Congress that I am aware of who has called for the complete elimination of the federal income tax – Ron Paul. Although I am not a Republican, since I still “hate taxes” and “do not like taxes or government,” I feel compelled to analyze the list of things I should not do.

What follows is Foster’s complete list of 102 things that no one should do if he hates taxes – all followed by my comments.

What follows is Foster’s complete list of 102 things that no one should do if he hates taxes – all followed by my comments.

1. Do not use Medicare.

It is not the job of government to pay for medical care or have anything to do with medicine. But if the government is going to tax me for it against my will, then I am going to get my money back one way or another even if I have to use the service.

2. Do not use Social Security.

It is not the job of government to operate a retirement/disability system. But if the government is going to tax me for it against my will, then I am going to get my money back one way or another even if I have to use the service.

3. Do not become a member of the US military, who are paid with tax dollars.

First of all, who would want to be a member of the U.S. military in the first place? Secondly, most of what the military spends is on offense and should be cut from the budget. And third, the United States had no income tax until 1913, but certainly had no trouble funding a military before then.

4. Do not ask the National Guard to help you after a disaster.

It is not the job of the government to help anyone after a disaster. And it is a myth that no one would be helped after a disaster if the government did not send help. The American people are a resourceful and generous people.

5. Do not call 911 when you get hurt.

It is not the job of the government to provide 911 services. And it is a myth that this service could not be provided by the private sector.

6. Do not call the police to stop intruders in your home.

Especially when it is the police who are intruding in your home. More intruders are stopped dead every year with a gun than are stopped dead by police who don’t arrive until after you are dead or have been robbed.

The Rest…HERE

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