Via Zero Hedge. Squirming under the Socratic questioning of interviewer Jan Helfeld, Sen. Reid argues here that because the U.S. tax system is cumbersome (having people self-report, having deductions, often using civil penalties rather than criminal, etc.), it’s somehow “voluntary”; that is, somehow not based on the government taking your money under a threat of force:
He pays in legal tender, the government’s own money. He makes clear what a significant (even ridiculous) amount they’re taking from his home and family. He accurately states that it is not voluntary; the government coerces his payment by threatening to seize his home. He identifies the moral issue: “Our money is our property, and we have a right to it.”
Via The Blaze and of course, YouTube.
At the G-8 meeting, perhaps when Obama wasn’t busy condemning Christian parochial schools as ‘encouraging division’ (but he’d never condemn Islamic ones, oh no!), the attendees came up with the Lough Erne Declaration.
It promises powerful action against the terrible ‘scourge’ of tax evasion:
1. Tax authorities across the world should automatically share information to fight the scourge of tax evasion.
4. Developing countries [ed: like Greece, maybe?] should have the information and capacity to collect the taxes owed them – and other countries have a duty to help them.
Now, I’m all in favor of obeying tax law (and I do), and ending ‘free rides’. But isn’t it interesting that the alleged scourge (number one!) is G-8 governments feeling they don’t get enough from their people?
It would never be that governments spend too much – on promises they can’t deliver. Never that governments fail to live within their means. Never that they’re grinding their productive people to death with regulations and mandates.
Never, ever that governments are trying to collect too much tax, which kills the economy and which people are morally right to dislike and, to some extent, resist.
Remember, when you earn money, it’s your money. Or it should be. It only exists (for government to tax) because you took the initiative to earn it. You can prove it easily, by just not earning. Quit your job and live off the dole – as many people do.
Greedy governments drive their citizens into off-tax activity by claiming too much of what citizens earn. That’s the real scourge.
And what the G-8 really promise, in the quote above, is to share their surveillance of you – the better to fleece us all. Big Brother just got a little bigger. Who knows, perhaps we’ll find out in the next Obamascandal that the NSA and IRS share surveillance information – about everyone, and with foreign governments as well as each other.
Via Zero Hedge.
From the comments: As Jane Austen puts it:
It only took a century for our country to get from no federal income tax to a place where it is considered the government’s right to extract as much personal income as they possibly can from those who earn it…
Now here we are…organizations like ICIJ claim to protect “integrity” by exposing tax evaders, as if it is not their money and governments have a right to confiscate large portions of private citizens’ incomes.
Something has gone seriously wrong.
With apologies to the GayPatriot blog’s many Jewish friends and to its many “secular conservative” atheist/agnostic friends.
My only comment on the following material shall be this summary: It seems that Jesus took note of who was a tax collector and was willing to forgive them, on the premise that they were sinners who obviously needed to repent of their many crimes against their fellow man.
Matthew 9:9-13, English Standard Version (ESV), Jesus Calls Matthew
9 As Jesus passed on from there, he saw a man called Matthew sitting at the tax booth, and he said to him, “Follow me.” And he rose and followed him.
10 And as Jesus[a] reclined at table in the house, behold, many tax collectors and sinners came and were reclining with Jesus and his disciples. 11 And when the Pharisees saw this, they said to his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?” 12 But when he heard it, he said, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. 13 Go and learn what this means, ‘I desire mercy, and not sacrifice.’ For I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.”
I’m 98% sure there is another post in the GayPatriot archives with this exact same headline. Because I must say it to someone EVERY DAY.
The incompetence of Harry Reid is one thing. But now he sounds more like Keith Olbermann than the second highest ranked Democrat in the USA. Reid is either clinically insane or senile — I mean “the word is out,” after all!!
The one thing Reid proves everyday, he is a disgrace to the Senate and the state of Nevada.
UPDATE (from Dan): Bruce, how many day is it since Harry Reid’s Senate passed a budget? Is the streak under the Nevada Democrat the longest in Senate history? Oh, and has he released his tax returns for the past ten years?