[OT] Are we a democracy or a republic?
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Sat Sep 3 10:29:36 MDT 2005
Thus said Kenneth Burgener on Sat, 03 Sep 2005 10:06:32 MDT:
> Last time I checked, you were not required to pick up your social
> security check, or even use public schools, or public water. It is
> there as an option. If you don't like those programs you can always
> save your money for retirement, go to private schools, and buy premium
> bottled water.
If one is not required to pick up a social security check, why is one
required to pay social security tax? As to saving money for retirement,
I would gladly take all the money paid into social security and put it
towards retirement, but then I don't have the freedom to make that
> If you are religious person, this is like paying tithing, and having
> the church decide out to which things it will be divided out to.
No, it is not the least bit like paying tithing. Tithing is a strictly
voluntary donation, taxes are coerced from the people.
> I think what fundamentally what made Communism (dictatorship
> socialism) is the lack of choice.
By this definition then, we are already communists. Certainly one can
choose to not pay taxes, but then then the government confiscates
property or even people. That's like saying, you have a choice between
taking this pill which will kill you painlessly or you have the choice
to be tortured to death.
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