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The Taker’s Gift

The Tax Trick

Say a mugger robs Ed instead of you. Has the mugger given you a present of your stuff by not taking it? Is his non-taking a “giveaway”?

No. If you possess something you have honestly earned, it is yours by right, not as a special gift from each person who abstains from relieving you of it.

Why is this not just as true when the prospective stuff-taker is a government?

Whatever case may be made for taxing you to fund a governmental goal, the state is not “giving” you whatever part of your wealth it lets you keep.

Yet this is the claim that partisans of big government repeatedly make. They apparently aim to undermine any hint of willingness to let us keep more of what belongs to us.

We see it again in the context of President Obama’s recent attacks on the plan of some Republicans to do away with estate taxes, the notorious “death taxes.” This tax relief would allegedly be a “giveaway” to those who have worked most successfully to earn something worth leaving to people they care about. It would also allegedly “deprive” non-recipients of some government handout no longer fundable because of the tax cut.

Being taxed less is always about keeping more of your own money and being able to spend it as you wish, including on heirs.

That’s a feature of tax cuts — not a bug.

This is Common Sense. I’m Paul Jacob.

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  1. JFB says:

    Sloppy logic based on jealousy and class hate.  Typical progressive, appeals to emotion and plans to capitalize on envy to justify theft.
    Is there any wonder why the country is in decline?

  2. That is one the best explanations of the old saying “tax is theft” that I have ever read Paul. Well done!

  3. Prentiss Davis says:

    Any electorate dumb enough to select Barack Obama as it’s President should be easy prey to any socialist nonsense and collectives schemes the resulting government promotes.   As more and more of our citizens produce nothing, pay no taxes and feed primarily at the public trough, taxes will be limited only by the amount of wealth available to steal.

  4. Drifter says:

    As Death Taxes were originally perceived , during the administration of Woodrow Wilson as a means of forcing the rich to help defer the costs of WWI, I think they have served their purpose and then some. OUTRIGHT THEFT!

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