[OT] Are we a democracy or a republic?
amb-plug at bradfords.org
Fri Sep 2 18:13:40 MDT 2005
Thus said Michael Torrie on Fri, 02 Sep 2005 18:01:22 MDT:
> Having lived for 20 years in Canada and then here for more than 10, I
> can say that when all is said and done, we pay almost the same amount
> for all our services as they do. For example, start with taxes, then
> add in the various insurances premiums and health-care costs. Ideally
> it is still lower here than there (the amount removed from the
> paycheck each month), but not by much. It is just that it is easier to
> digest because it's divided up and taken out a piece at a time (fed
> income tax, state income tax, health premium, social security,
> unemployment insurance, etc) that it is seems much more appealing and
Is this supposed to make me feel better about all the taxes we have to
pay? Whether it comes out in small chunks or one lump sum, it still has
the same effect on the ``bottom line.'' How many people would suddenly
realize how much they really pay in taxes if we only had to pay a lump
sum at the end of the year? How many people would then voluntarily pay
this? They know that it is easier to nickle and dime than it is to
demand it all at once, which is why unlawful methods like forcing it out
of every paycheck is enacted. Also, whatever happened to voluntary
taxation? Are we subjects under a King or are we sovereign freemen as
our founding fathers intended?
> So while I recognize this slide, I don't think it's necessarily bad.
> I am extremely concerned over our hypocrisy when it comes to
> globalization. We want the whole world to open up their markets to us,
> but we're still more protectionist than China on many fronts.
Would you agree then that protectionism is bad for our economy?
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