Another Budget Day, another advance auction of stolen goods, another opportunity to post some classic thoughts and quotes on the nature of taxation:
"To steal from one person is theft. To steal from many is taxation."
~ Jeff Daiell
"I think coercive taxation is theft, and government has a moral duty to keep it to a minimum."
~ former Massachusetts Governor (and 2016 Libertarian Party VP candidate) William Weld
"See, when the Government spends money, it creates jobs; whereas when the money is left in the hands of Taxpayers, God only knows what they do with it. Bake it into pies, probably. Anything to avoid creating jobs."
~ Dave Barry
“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
"The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public's money."
~ Alexis De Tocqueville, describing America’s future
'We shall tax and tax, spend and spend, elect and elect.' ~
'New Deal' luminary Harry Hopkins, describing every government programme since
"Most of the presidential candidates' economic packages involve 'tax breaks,' which is when the government, amid great fanfare, generously decides not to take quite so much of your income. In other words, these candidates are trying to buy your votes with your own money."
~ humorist Dave Barry
“Taxation is just a sophisticated way of demanding money with menaces.”
~ Terry Pratchett
“For every benefit you receive a tax is levied.”
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
"It's sad to realise that most citizens do not even notice the irony of being bribed with their own money."
"[There are dangers in] the disposition to hunt down rich men as if they were noxious beasts."
~ Winston Churchill
"When Barbary Pirates demand a fee for allowing you to do business, it's called 'tribute money.' When the Mafia demands a fee for allowing you to do business, it's called 'the protection racket.' When the state demands a fee for allowing you to do business, it's called "tax."
~ Jeff Daiell