A wise and frugal government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government, and this is necessary to close the circle of our felicities. – Thomas Jefferson
[I came across this wonderful post the other day regarding who is paying what with regards to taxes. What stuck out the most for me though was this chart illustrating net incomes based off the earnings in a year.
Think about that for a second. People actually get PAID for having lower incomes. This is socialism no matter how you cut it, robbing the productive under force of law, to give to those who would rather not work. Why am I paying taxes to subsidize people who don’t want to work? I wish I could I’d stay home and do my hobbies all day, but instead I have to pay to support the bloated spending of Washington. The wife and I keep working harder to try and build up more savings, all we get to do in return though is pay more taxes. For those who say, “We all need to pay our fair share.” Anything but a FLAT tax is unfair. Why should I have to pay more in taxes because I work harder and am more productive? The economy is floundering and there is massive unemployment because people are finding it more profitable to not work. By Mr. Jefferson’s statement, as can be plainly seen, this is not the sum of good government. We are no longer free to regulate our own pursuits, and certainly the government is stealing the bread from labor, and this government is by no means wise or frugal. -B]