Taxation

“An unlimited power to tax involves, necessarily, a power to destroy; because there is a limit beyond which no institution and no property can bear taxation.”
–John Marshall, McCullough v. Maryland, 1819

It behooves all citizens to be wary of those in power who want to raise taxes. The need to raise taxes reveals either a failure to manage properly, as a poor steward of the taxpayer’s money, or for a desire to increase power, as a power-hungry politician. The right to distribute wealth belongs to those who choose to do so by their own free will and philanthropy, not the government. When governments distribute wealth, they are merely stealing from the diligent and squandering it on the fool.

Why do so many 3rd world nations go from one despot to another? Freedom needs to be earned, and I think that’s why Americans value their freedom so much. It all hinges on personal accountability, desire and sacrifice which rewards each individual and nation accordingly. The same applies to wealth. I hope we never forget that.

“You cannot legislate the poor into freedom by legislating the wealthy out of freedom. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that my dear friend, is about the end of any nation. You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it.” Adrian Rogers (1931-2005)

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