Is There Hope?

Robert Neil uarn at MCK-UAII.MCK.NCSU.EDU
Mon Jun 9 07:57:56 MDT 1997


On  7 Jun 97 at 21:37, Richard Swerdlin wrote:

> The word "confiscatory" is being diddled with, when a person pays
> income tax.  This is comparable to claiming that each "cold" is
> "pneumonia", or that there is little difference between a "pimple"
> and a "cancer".  By further analogy, a poor detective would accept
> another "confession" or "eye witness" account, without seeking
> corroboration.  The "suffering" experienced by what you call
> "confiscatory" taxation ignores the reality of looking out the
> window.  It is not verified by the life style of the complainers.

I thought "confiscatory" referred to the *method* of collection, not
the *magnitude*. In other words, the government upon pain of
imprisonment requires monetary payment. You no pay...you go to jail
(or they seize your house)! In this sense it is confiscatory.

If the sum of all local, state, and federal government taxes is
indeed 60% of one's income, then I think the government is far too
involved in the economy. At this level of confiscation the term
'socialist' would certainly be appropriate. Much higher and the word
'slavery' comes to mind. After all, what is a slave but a person
whose labor is owned by another?

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Robert Neil
Computing Consultant II
Urban Affairs - NC State University, Box 7401
Raleigh NC 27695   fax: (919) 515-3642
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"A candle may light the way in the darkness, but NUCLEAR POWER
 means we can have cold beer while we watch the Superbowl." CS
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