Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Two certainties in life – death and taxes

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There is a common expression that most people know “there are two certainties in life – death and taxes”. Well its pleasing to know that the government shares my view that there are absolutes, although they are not the ones I had in mind. I was thinking of rationality and free will. But ethical issues aside, let’s look at those ‘certainties’. Several points need to be made

1. Taxes are not inevitable. In fact there is a litany of history where governments collected no taxes, certainly no income taxes. The first taxes were on land, mostly to finance war.

2. The first taxes were levied upon companies, then rich people, then poor people, and now the poor pay the greatest burden because they don’t have the wherewithal to avoid it.

People like me care not to be beneficiaries or victims of immoral tax collections. I simply want to play for services I use and activities that I support. I would have supported the detention of illegal aliens into Australia if they could be processed quickly, but I certainly would not have supported the abuse that was perpetrated upon them. I would have supported a war in Iraq if there was real evidence of threat to the Western alliance, and a real plan to address it. But in such cases, you can conclude that there is too often evidence that our own government is the fascist regime, and that they are more omnipotent than the one we are fighting, and for that reason the more scary.

Being against taxation is not some idealistic campaign for freedom from responsibility. On that note the ATO is accountable to no one, and the government only accountable every 3-4 years, and hardly so when both parties seek only to share the same power and suppress all attempts for a third force in politics. So much for the government’s ‘competition’ policy. There are a litany of deals between vested interests to retain the entrenched 2-party system in place. This is fascism, just fewer people are killed than Putin’s Russia, but the signs are ominous. Just no one is desperate enough.
Andrew Sheldon www.sheldonthinks.com
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