"The art of taxation consists in so plucking the goose
as to obtain the largest possible amount of feathers
with the smallest possible amount of hissing."
Jean Baptiste Colbert
(1619-1693), French economist and Minister of Finance under King Louis XIV
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That's exactly why we have the tax withheld from each paycheck instead of having it paid once a year all at once. The government bleeds you a little at a time.
 -- jim k, Austin, Tx     
     -- jim k, Austin, Tx      
    This is known as the withholding tax and came about as a means to finance WW2. It was supposed to end after the war but it worked so well for the government that they just forgot to cancel it. It's like robbing you each paycheck instead of once on April 15th.
     -- jim k, Austin, Tx     
    jim, said well. Ahh yes larceny taken to an art form.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
    Taxation in a nutshell. ;-) The next thing to do is to convince the goose that he needs no feathers at all.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
    Taxation is robbery without a gun
     -- bmw, Andrews     
    Actually Andrews...it IS robbery with a gun. Try not paying the property taxes levied on you...eventually you will be evicted by people who will bring the police. Why do they bring the police? Because the police bring "guns". Robbery at Gunpoint.
     -- J Carlton, Calgary     
    Take everything from the people all at once and they will revolt immediately . So they just chip it away from us a little at a time.
     -- cal, Lewisville     
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