The income tax is a terrible affront, of course. It is based on the odious idea that when you earn money, you owe it – to people who didn’t work for it but who have the power to take it.
This being, fundamentally what “government” is all about. The power to tax being the power to take. And only government has the legal power to take – and call it not-stealing. Well, excepting the big insurance and pharmaceutical corporations that have acquired the power to use the government to take our money.
But it’s the smaller affronts we often don’t even notice that bleed us whiter – because they are smaller and because most of them are unavoidable. You do not have to earn a lot of income – and can in fact deliberately earn less in order to pay less in the way of income taxes.
But everyone has to eat. And most of us need to drive. As to work – and so earn money on which we are said to “owe” taxes.
Here’s just one example as regards what it costs us to drive. Or – rather -w hat it costs to possess the thing without which one cannot drive. That being a vehicle.
I am obliged to send the government $75 each year in “personal property taxes” on my 21-year-old truck. It may not seem like much – assuming you are a person who thinks being robbed of $75 each year isn’t “much” – but it sure adds up. Especially since it is “only” $75 annually now – after 21 years. It was considerably more when my truck was half its current age and twice its current value. That latter being the basis upon which the tax-theft is based. Isn’t that grand? We have an armed robber who takes into account the value of what you have as the basis for what he decides to steal!
At any rate – and for the purposes of this discussion – let’s assume $75 per year for the past 21 years. That comes to $1,575 – which isn’t small sum for me or for most people. It is a sum equivalent to what most people pay each month in rent – or on their mortgage. It is certainly equivalent to at least a month’s worth of food for an entire family. Looked at another way, the money stolen by the government in the form of this “property tax” amount to the same as adding a thirteenth month of rent/mortgage payments to the victim’s financial obligations or – from another perspective – depriving him of the money that would have paid the 12th month or provided food for his family for a month.
Just that one “little” bite.
It’s also a disproportionate bite. My 21-year-old truck is worth about $4,500 or about a fourth of what it cost when it was new. The “property tax” applied to this vehicle has amounted to more than 10 percent of its original purchase price! (Keep in mind that tax was not always “just” $75 per year.)
It will amount to more as the years roll by because this tax never stop. One “owes” it in perpetuity.
And it’s not the only sum they say I “owe” – indefinitely.
There is also the annual registration tax they make you pay. In my state (Virginia) this amounts to about $35 per year. Another small affront, you say? I have been paying this as long as I have owned cars, which is going on 40 years now. On each car I have owned. But let’s just use one car for 30 years as a basis for our calculations. Another $1,050! For just one vehicle. If you own two, double what you “owe” and have been forced to pay.
Plus another $20, annually, for “safety” inspection. There goes another $600, also on top of that (and the one before that). We are up to – let’s see – $3,225. It is almost enough to buy another 21-year-old truck. Or at least, to buy several sets of new tires, a new clutch, a number of brake jobs and many oil changes in between for a 21-year-old truck. All of which I would have been able to pay with the money I don’t have anymore – obliging me to earn the same sum again, in order to be able to pay for those things and pay the government.
And using income that was already taxed!
The above is why a thing that really ought to be free – once it’s been paid for – ends up being rather expensive. And because it is, we end up needing more income to pay for it all.
Which, of course, the government will tax – again.
And these are just the “little” affronts. The ones most people think aren’t a big deal – because each one seems like not a big deal.
But they add up, don’t they?
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