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Taxes, Federal income taxes, are necessary for the preservation of life. The willingness to pay those taxes, though painful, is a measure of how well we love our neighbors and fellow citizens. Some say that taxes represent theft of property from those that earned the money. That is an argument that goes all the way back to the founding of democracy in Greece. The owner of property is a responsible person and only he can be a full citizen withe right to vote and all the rights and responsibilities of citizenship.
In the Declaration of Independence, Jefferson wrote, “…life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” He may not have written them in the order of importance, but I place life above liberty in importance, because with life, liberty can be attained, but without life, liberty is an empty word.
Government cannot be expected to provide happiness itself, only the conditions that allow all people to pursue happiness without hindrance from their starting conditions. I favor the Federal graduated income tax as the fairest tax yet devised. I don’t like paying it, but it is a fairer tax to all income levels than any other tax.
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In 1776, Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence on this portable lap desk of his own design. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
‘”Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness” is a well-known phrase in the United States Declaration of Independence and considered by some as part of one of the most well crafted, influential sentences in the history of the English language. These three aspects are listed among the “unalienable rights” or sovereign rights of man.’ from Wikipedia.
Some critics are now saying that Obamacare contradicts these words. On the contrary, I believe that life requires good health. Otherwise what good is life without health? Some will claim that life is more important than health, but that will be for others. For themselves, they will require good health to accompany life.
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Thomas Jefferson, author of the Declaration of Independence, is in danger of being omitted from history text books in Texas because he is suspected of not being a Christian. I can see a future headline in a Texas newspaper, “Jefferson stripped of Founding Father status.” This is important because publishers of history text books prefer to print as few versions of their texts as possible to save money. What happens in Texas does not stay in Texas.
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