Patriotic Duty my… er… foot!

I read recently that Vice-Presidential candidate Joe Biden was quoted last week as saying that it is our patriotic duty to pay taxes.

Let’s see what he actually said: “It’s time to be patriotic… Time to jump in. Time to be part of the deal. Time to help get America out of the rut… [Democrats] want to take money and put it back in the pocket of middle-class people.

I really don’t know where to start, except, perhaps, with the word “Bull”.

Taxation is not a moral or ethical responsibility, it is a legal necessity. Personally I think that the income tax is both pernicious and wrong, but I pay them in full. Patriotism has nothing to do with it.

The tone of his words suggest that it if the affluent paid more money to the Government that things would somehow improve. I don’t believe that for a minute.

Think about it; for months they have been telling us that giving us back some of our taxes is supposed to “stimulate” the economy. Now they are saying the exact opposite. Besides: I have never had a problem that Washington has fixed. Have you?

The Government should serve the people, not the other way round. Or, as Thomas Jefferson put it: “When the Government fears the People, there is Liberty. When the People fear the Government, there is Tyranny.

The Federal Government long ago exceeded its constitutional limits, and now we are paying the price. We cannot spend money we don’t have and expect some future generation to pick up the tab.

Mr Biden has forgotten, perhaps, that once upon a time there was a revolution in this country. A revolution that was sparked by a tax of half of one per cent.

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