Morality of taxes

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Are taxes moral? I was reading a blog post today that argued that taking someone else’s property is theft and therefore immoral. If you earn it, it is yours to keep. Other arguments against taxes include that the accumulation of wealth denotes God‘s approval. Taxing that wealth away is going against God’s wishes. Personally, I have considered all forms of taxation, and I believe that the graduated income tax is the fairest of them all.

If you believe in democracy, rather than plutocracy, the rule of money, you will support the graduated income tax at higher percentages than today’s rate to slow the accumulation of great wealth. In addition, you will join me in supporting the death tax, the estate tax, to prevent great wealth from being passed intact from one generation to another. We can argue the morality of taxes ad infinitum, but the reality is that our democracy requires a level playing field where talent, not inherited riches, determines outcomes. This position was enunciated by one of our greatest members of the US Supreme Court, Louis Brandeis, who sat on the Court from 1916 to 1939.

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2 thoughts on “Morality of taxes

  1. “We can argue the morality of taxes ad infinitum, but the reality is that our democracy requires a level playing field where talent, not inherited riches, determines outcomes.”

    So the ends justify the means, eh? Doesn’t matter whose wealth we’re plundering, as long as we can keep passing out those freebies and loading up government employees with their big fat pensions! Not to mention our government — Democrats and Republicans alike — can continue purchasing the votes of big business and big unions to trample the little guy (like me and you!).

    Giving more money to our thieving government is just shooting ourselves in the foot! Can you imagine giving Bush more money? Obama? Mitt Romney, if he wins? Instead, let’s starve this wasteful government by eliminating a progressive tax. Hell, end the income tax!

    Of course, they need to stop spending first. But how can we do that if Republicans keep spending and Democrats keep spending, regardless of what their constituents want? Maybe it’s time for the U.S. to start looking into third party options.

    • Yes, the end does justify the means, in this case. And a third party is a good idea. We send too many corrupt people to Washington and/or they become corrupt while there. Burning down the house to kill the termites is not the way to go.

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