"Taxes are not levied for the benefit of the taxed."
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Robert A. Heinlein
(1907-1988) American writer
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 -- Mike, Norwalk      
 -- Rusty, Where the buffalo roam, USA      
The truth behind the political rhetoric!
 -- J Allen, Arlington, Va     
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    They are levied for the benefit of those behind the Federal Reserve.
     -- J Carlton, Calgary     
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    A statement that is clear, concise and to the point!
     -- Mary - MI     
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    I wish they would earmark the taxes and not the spending.
     -- cal, lewisville, tx     
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    Economists say that the happiest times in America were the fifties and sixties. This was a time of highly graduated tax rates and a booming middle class. Taxes did effect the wealthier citizens. Out in the Hamptons for instance they could no longer afford as many domestic servants and had to cut household staffs dramatically. But the graduated tax system leveled the economic playing field so that people in the middle felt prosperous and secure. Not like today! So the tax system can and does have a benefit to the nation as a whole. Thus the quote gets a thumbs down. I only wish I could give in multiple thumbs down.
     -- Waffler, Smith     
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    Waffler, tell it to people who are losing their homes, cars and livelihoods... Thanks the the Kenyan Imposter and Government cronyism in general.
     -- J Carlton, Calgary     
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    Komrad Waffler, if the folk in the Hamptons had to cut domestic servents and household staff didn't that mean that those people were out of jobs. Oh, wait, sort of like those people losing their jobs today. You're right about one thing, us middle classers don't feel secure today, and that's mainly due to that merry band of fascists running the country today. As to the graduated income tax, Karl Marx loved it and included it in his communist manifesto.
     -- jim k, Austin, Tx     
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    Iā€™m a very conservative Republican who hates our high tax rates, but I disagree. Taxes pay for our military, the roads, traffic lights, police and fire, parks, and many services that benefit me greatly. There are core services that taxes are good for. It is the fact that we have expanded the role of government way beyond the vision of the founding fathers and turned taxation into a tool for redistribution of wealth that is wrong. Libertarian philosophies are useful for keeping a check on spending, but not grounded in reality in a global environment. A limited amount of taxation is a necessary evil.
     -- Doug, Calif     
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    Doug, you are well meaning but misinformed. Your taxes do NOT pay for those things. Loans from the privately owned Federal Reserve DO. Your income tax goes to pay the interest on those loans that are created literally out of "thin air" There is no accountability whatsoever.
     -- J Carlton, Calgary     
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    redistribution means more votes.......finis
     -- th, flagstaff,az.     
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    Right, They seem to be levied for the benefit of the very rich (who pay damned little of their fare share of it).
     -- dick, fort worth     
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    Carlton, my taxes do pay for these things. Even if you were correct, paying a loan does pay for the item in the end. Without the taxes it could not be accomplished out of thin air. Uhhh, dick. The rich are the only ones paying taxes. The top 5% of wage earners pay 55% of all federal taxes. Top 10% pay 66%, and top 50% pay 96.5%. That means that the poor half of this country are only paying 3.5% of the taxes. Yes, we are paying our fair share and the share of others
     -- Doug, Calif     
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    Doug, I say again...your taxes go to pay the "interest" on money printed out of thin air...and loaned to our Government which is entirely outside the realm of the Constitution. I mean no insult, but you really should educate yourself on how this system is not only criminal and manipulative, but makes you an economic slave to people who don't give a Rat's A$$ about you or anything else. What you believe is reality...is an illusion.
     -- J Carlton, Calgary     
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     -- Rearden, ILBurr Ridge      
    Doug, I don't think anyone could have put it better than in your last statement. If only people were less vulnerable to each utterance of the TV. Perhaps spent more time educating themselves in the ways of politics and the Private Rothschild owned federal reserve control / enslavement system they may grasp the big picture. They won't do it in a day but once the light goes on you can't stop. Hopefully it will not be too late when they lose faith in the government and the current corrupt debt based monetary system! It is debt based as the debt can never be paid,, the more money that is created the more greater the reaping but there will never be enough to pay the capital amount as the amount owed is greater than the amount printed,,,, so we are always slaves to the Rothschild banking dynasty / cartel.
     -- Ray O'Connor, Belfast, Ireland.     
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     -- Roland, Bonner's Ferry      
    No tax for those under $50k p.a. and 95% tax for those more than 10 million p.a. It's not a coincidence that the IRS and the Federal Reserve were created in the same year.
     -- Robert Edwards, somewhere in the USA     
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    Waffler, WHAT ? ? ?  I know with Waffler logic you may be able to answer this but, what qualifies "economists" to say when the happiest times in America were? By what method of communication did the economists of the 50s and 60s converse with economists clear back in the late 18th Century? Hmmm, so your saying, those in the Hampton's were happiest when the occupying statist theocracy infesting this land implemented the 2nd plank of the communist manifesto so severely that they had to cut back their life styles and those that were fired were happiest because they were now unemployed in the middle class?  Hmmmm "felt prosperous and secure" when the god/state seized the fruits of their labor just because the once noble sovereigns are now slaves of the the "statist" masters?
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
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    dick, can you tell me what "fare share" is? In a representative republic, a land of liberty and justice for all, a nation of individual sovereigns with inalienable rights and a de jure body politic of servants, no one or thing is entitled to another's labors, the fruits thereof, wealth or otherwise.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
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    Robert, good to see you again. I understand the shallow socialist reasoning of your comment. By what legal or moral nexus do I (individually or in concert with the rest of the collectivists) own another's wealth ā€” just because he surpasses some arbitrary ledger standard? You are right, there was no coincidence and as such, when the Fed increases inflation each year, does the $50k match that increase?
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
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    Mike, good to see you again too! Most wealth is ill gotten, a point you summarily dismiss. You don't own another's wealth as that would make you complicit. The capitalist society in which we perpetuate is crumbling and soon it will reach the bottom of the barrel where only the sediment lives. Fortunes are made with lies and deception ā€” a case in point is the Rothschilds (I think you know the story). Anyway, we cannot continue along this road as the bottom line has a bottom. Hence the new working force AI. 
     -- Robert Edwards, somewhere in the USA     
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