Very quickly, before I get another email or some other communication about the Eurozone Financial Crisis and the decision by Cyprus and whoever else to take money from deposits in banks to help do whatever it is they want to do.
…So far as I know. No need to educate me on the finer points.
When I first saw the news I was like, yea, the State steals (and murders and tortures and threatens agression and imprisons and makes war and inflates the currency). What’s new?
So let me get this straight. You know that paycheck you get every week or two that has a gross amount followed by a list of line items like “witholding,” “deduction” this and “tax” that?
THEY’RE EUPHEMISMS, STUPID!
What, so if the whole paycheck was deposited in your bank account and then those same amounts immediately deducted, it would make a material difference? How about if the scheme for doing so amounted to 3.8 million words (the length of the US tax code, 4 times longer than the complete works of Shakespeare)? Would that help? And let’s say you could hire an accountant, spend hours answering questions, filling out forms, and filing them so you get a tiny percentage of that money back. Does that assuage?
Taxation is Theft. I’ve been writing that on the Internet since 1992 and I’ve never been confused about it, nor have I ever engaged in meaningless distinctions.
That is all.