Liberty Commentary

Taxation: Theft Legalized

by Jesse Mathewson, ZeroGov

Modern voters from both parties will often have their personal reasons for either not supporting or supporting taxation. Some reason they are unconstitutional and others that we need more of them.

Taxes are constitutional, Article I section 8 line 1 states clearly, “The Congress shall have Power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defence and general Welfare of the United States; but all Duties, Imposts and Excises shall be uniform throughout the United States.” The case has been made that taxes are not comparable among everyone. Libertarians love to push the infamous flat tax system, and I have personally promoted that way in the past. However, the constitution says quite clearly, “all Duties, Imposts and Excises shall be uniform throughout the United States” not that all taxes shall be uniform. It is necessary to remember that the famous Federalist Anglophile Alexander Hamilton and his retinue of anglophile rich slave owning “founders” wrote the Constitution. They wanted to ensure that they would be able to control who paid what and how much. So we can see that the first argument, “taxes are unconstitutional” is, in fact, a spurious argument. And please remember, as long as congress passes a bill it is “constitutional” as per Article I Section 8 (last line) “To make all Laws which shall be necessary and proper for carrying into Execution the foregoing Powers, and all other Powers vested by this Constitution in the Government of the United States, or in any Department or Officer thereof.”

What about the second argument, “we need more taxes to provide for the people?” Unfortunately, this argument is essentially a silly one and is unsustainable regardless how you report it. Where do tax dollars come from, and if you reinsert this money after taking some away what is the natural side effect of this process? In the United States and England, you have a high percentage of employed individuals working for the state, being paid with tax dollars, which they then turn around and pay back into the system through their taxes. How is this beneficial to a strong economy? I have decided to introduce a excellent model that most of us will know.

When we’re young we leave our teeth for the tooth fairy right? Now in a perfect world the tooth fairy leaves a bit of money and everyone is happy; however, in a socialist society the tooth fairy will actually just leave you the neighbor kid’s money. After all, we must share and share alike right? However, not only are you going to get the neighbors money, but in transit I am going to keep 75% of it. So you’re only going to get 25% of that money, and you should be grateful, after all I am providing something for others by doing it this way.

Go ahead give your child their allowance, or promise them payment for services rendered. Now when you are giving it to them, make a show of taking 75% of what you were going to give them. Want to calculate their reaction, I guess they don’t see it as a benefit for the neighbor kids. Taxation is stealing it is immoral and unethical.

So as, you religiously file your taxes this year, just think, if you had been able to keep that 75% of your paycheck that comes out in payroll, personal income, food, gas, property, Medicare, retirement taxes. If you had been able to keep that money, would you have been able to pay your medical bills, pay for college versus getting loans, or even more payments to the house? How much would you have saved last year alone? How much could you have donated last year if you had been able to keep 75% more of your hard earned income? Would you have been able to fix the pothole in front of your street, the one the government was supposed to do with your tax dollars?

So regardless what piece of paper you believe in, or what ideological position you take, the very idea of taxes is wrong. Taxation is theft, and it supports the state which exists to bring war to others and manage your decisions making you the tax slave you were born to be. Remember to ask the next time you file your tax return, why am I doing this again?