Another Budget Day, another advance auction of stolen goods, another opportunity to post some classic thoughts and quotes on the nature of taxation:
"Taxation is a far greater an evil than theft. It is a form of slavery. If you cannot choose the disposition of your property, you are a slave. If you must ask permission to work, and/or pay involuntary tribute to anyone from your wages, you are a slave. If you are not allowed to dispose of your life (another way of defining money, since it represents portions of your time and effort, which is what your life is composed of) in the time, manner and amount of your choosing, you are a slave."
~ Rick Tompkins
"The man who produces while others dispose of his product is a slave."
~ Ayn Rand
“We contend that for a nation to try to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle”
~ Winston Churchill
"Taxation without representation is tyranny."
~ James Otis
"Taxation WITH representation ain't so hot either."
~ Gerald Barzan
"Our forefathers made one mistake. What they should have fought for was representation without taxation."
~ Fletcher Knebel
"When a new source of taxation is found it never means, in practice, that the old source is abandoned. It merely means that the politicians have two ways of milking the taxpayer where they had one before."
~- HL Mencken
"What is the difference between a taxidermist and a tax collector? The taxidermist takes only your skin."
~ Mark Twain
"Government's view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidise it."
~ Ronald Reagan
"Death and taxes are inevitable; at least death doesn't get worse every year."
"When more of the people's sustenance is exacted through the form of taxation than is necessary to meet the just obligations of government and expenses of its economical administration, such exaction becomes ruthless extortion and a violation of the fundamental principles of free government."
~ former US President Grover Cleveland
"Rulers do not reduce taxes to be kind. Expediency and greed create high taxation, and normally it takes an impending catastrophe to bring it down."
~ Charles Adams
"The mounting burden of taxation not only undermines individual incentives to increased work and earnings, but in a score of ways discourages capital accumulation and distorts, unbalances, and shrinks production. Total real wealth and income is made smaller than it would otherwise be. On net balance there is more poverty rather than less."
~ Henry Hazlitt
"The poor of the world cannot be made rich by redistribution of wealth. Poverty can't be eliminated by punishing people who've escaped poverty, taking their money and giving it as a reward to people who have failed to escape."
~ PJ O'Rourke
"A government with the policy to rob Peter to pay Paul can be assured of the support of Paul."
~ George Bernard Shaw
"Freedom is the quality of being free from the control of regulators and tax collectors. If I want to be free their control, I must not impose controls on others."
~ Hans F. Sennholz
"There's only one way to kill capitalism--by taxes, taxes, and more taxes."
~ Karl Marx
"The way to crush the bourgeoisie is to grind them between the millstones of taxation and inflation."
~ Vladimir Lenin
"Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys."
~ PJ O'Rourke
"A society of sheep must in time beget a government of wolves."
~ Bertrand de Jouvenel
"The power to tax involves the power to destroy."
~ former US Supreme Court Justice John Marshall
"Taxes are not levied for the benefit of the taxed."
~ Robert Heinlein
"Taxes are the sinews of the state."
And finally, a warning …
"Be wary of strong drink. It can make you shoot at tax collectors, and miss."
~ Robert Heinlein