William Thien

On The Ethicality of a Tax Revolt

Posted on: September 10, 2012

Before one can proceed with action towards one’s own government I believe it is suitable to consider the validity and ethicality of such action. I believe this is a dilemma which must be addressed prior to such action in order to justify troop and activity. I believe it is the same dilemma the founding fathers of the country met with when making the decision to raise.

But the circumstances were different, then. The government which the colonists were in revolt with was located an ocean away. And in fact the requirement of levy, the taxes, was much, much less then, than now. I am sure the founding fathers would be surprised we are all not up in arms regarding the levels of taxation we face today and what is being done with the money in comparison to then. In fact, many of you are about to be or could be up in arms, it is clear.

We could debate the matter, examine it from every angle until we were too old to do anything about it. That, ladies and gentlemen is their goal, I am certain.

If one were to compare taxation during the time of the colonies to that of today, one could find ethicality for a tax revolt there in of itself. If one were to compare taxes in the early 1950’s to today, one could find justification for a tax revolt, no question about it.

If one were to ask, “What do I really get for the taxes that I pay and who is the money going to, is it going to women sitting at home and having children out of wedlock?” One could find ethicality for a tax revolt there.

If one were to ask, “I pay and pay and pay and huge fractions of my income simply disappear going to programs of which I see no benefit because I do not fit into one of the clearly defined social categories which the federal government feels should receive tax dollars,” one could find ethicality for a tax revolt there.

If you or someone you know has been attacked or have had possessions burglarized and nothing has come of your contact with officials, no restitution has been paid, you could see the ethicality of a tax revolt there.

But isn’t it merely the huge sums of taxes that we pay, the multiple layers of taxation that justify a tax revolt? Do we really need an entire list of reasons? Isn’t the sheer weight of taxation enough to justify a tax revolt?

Of course it is. You can feel the weight. I know you can.

I can hear you. I can hear you at the cash register when you look at your receipt. I can hear you at the fuel pump when you add gas to your car. I can hear you at the bank when you deposit what remains of your pay after taxes. I can hear you and there is nothing wrong with what you are thinking.

Copyright © William Thien 2012

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