Who here would mind if I robbed you?

@gewcew23 (8011)
United States
August 24, 2007 3:39pm CST
Now let me propose this question to you. How many out there in MyLot World would have a problem if I walked up to you at your work place and robbed you? The question could be flipped, how many of you would think that it would be fair to rob me? I hope that 100% of you said that you wouldn't want me to rob you or vice versa. So I ask another question, why are you willing to elect politicians that will raise our taxes? Now in the U.S. (I can't speak for the rest of the world and chose not to either), have our taxes withdrawn from our checks, so I can't stop paying income tax. Neither can I stop paying sales tax on the stuff that I buy, but there is property tax. I could stop paying my property taxes, but what would happen to me? A government official would come out and seize my property. Basically put under the government's eyes I never own my property, I am actually renting it from the government. Now I am not supporting not paying taxes (I actually believe everyone should pay taxes), what I am discussing is the matter of people not paying taxes yet getting benefits from them. Government doesn't generate any resources of its own. All government resources are confiscated from its citizens. All government programs are paid for by the tax payers of that country. There is not one dime of spending money that the government has at is disposal that didn't come from its citizens first that the government didn't confiscate. Yet there are people in our society that benefit from government programs that they don't pay for. There are government programs that I pay for that I will never use. To add to this situation, those that don't pay taxes still have the right to vote. So at election time, they can vote for people that will raise my taxes and give it to them. Imagine if you will, we are all on a boat, some of us paid for tickets to be able to take a trip on the boat, and then there are others that got on the boat for free. How much are we willing to allow these people to determine what direction the boat is going to go? If the paying fares want to go to the Bahamas, but the non-paying fares want to go to Ireland. Should the boat go to Ireland or should the boat go to wherever the paying fares say it should go?
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@xfahctor (14130)
• Lancaster, New Hampshire
24 Aug 07
You make some pretty good analogies here. I agrea with you 100%.I have never been a huge proponent of government programs to begin with. Another common cry we here is "the government needs to create more jobs". well, the government CANNOT crerate jobs. All it can do is create a favorable envireonment for busines to grow and poof, more jobs available. How is this acomplished? you guessed it, lower taxes. If a business is paying more taxes, it can't afford to hire as many people. same with regulation, if a business is spending money on trying to keep up with endless regulations like a rediculously high minimum wage, it cannot afford to hire more people and thereby crreate jobs.
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@gewcew23 (8011)
• United States
24 Aug 07
I thank you for your response it was a good one. I's glad that you understand taxation, and government spending.
@xfahctor (14130)
• Lancaster, New Hampshire
24 Aug 07
I think if more people in this country understood all that we'd see a completely different congress right now
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@phon4u (2217)
• Laos
25 Aug 07
The more we earn the more we pay for the tax. The tax technicians will provide the ideas or info to the politicians for raising the tax. The boat controller should give the first direction. Who comes first, serve first.
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@sigma77 (5385)
• United States
25 Aug 07
Excellent analogy. My state of thinking exactly. You are correct in that we never really own anything when the IRS or some government agency can take our so-called property. You can go ahead and rob me. Whatever you feel you have to have you can take it...lol. I can easily replace the stolen property...lol. The government needs to keep full control of possessions and property so that they can control its citizens. Governments only survive when they keep their citizens under ball and chain. The only true freedom comes from inside of a person. Everything else outside of you can be comfiscated. You are so correct when you say that many pay taxes so that those who don't can get benefits. I call it socialism. The boat should go to the Bahamas, but you know that those who are on the boat for a free ride will do the most complaining and claim to be the most mistreated victims. That is because you did not give them enough free goodies. Therefore, they will get the final say as to where the boat goes because they are the poor, helpless victims that are mistreated by the "system". This mentality is scary. So many want something for nothing.
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• United States
25 Aug 07
I agree with you. I'll give you another arguement making the same point. In a family the parents might ask the children's advice on family decisions, but the parents have the final say. This is because the parents have demonstrated the necessary responsibility to be trusted by being the ones to pay the bills. Someone who can not take financial responsibility for themselves certainly should not be making any decisions for others. In a country run the way it should be those receiving financial assistance or welfare from the government should have no vote just as minor children do not tell adult parents what to do. This sounds cold and cruel but a lot of problems would be solved this way.
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@kbkbooks (7028)
• Canada
24 Aug 07
It's true that tax is just a legalized way for governments to take money from citizens. Some taxes do actually get put to good use in some places. I know the phone bill tax in some of the US states goes to defense budget. I am not saying that's good....that's in fact coercion if you ask me. A friend of mine used to get his phone account, then pay only the base of the bill without the taxes, so he wasn't supporting the defense budget, with which he had a huge problem. He would lose his phone account after while, then his wife would open it in her name, and they would start over and do the same thing. I don't know if it made a very big dent in the defense budget, but it made a point with which I have to say I agree.
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• United States
25 Aug 07
Unfortunately, politics are far more of a vail over the eyes of society than is the robbing of a bank. This isn't to say that I don't believe that the government is robbing its citizens in several cases. However, taxes would not seem so outrageous if issues such as health care were made more affordable (as I believe is currently in the works in California, but to what degree I am unaware).
• China
25 Aug 07
I'm not familiar with this