"There is always a philosophy for lack of courage."—Albert Camus

Friday, January 27, 2006

Brassy Tax

Just when you thought that you would have to wait until next week for another of my articles, I slipped in a quickie before the weekend. My newest essay over at The American Spectator ruminates over the moral foundation of the state's right to tax.

Here are a few lines, in case you have a mirror handy:

In brief, the brief for all taxation is the notion that the state provides something that facilitates the transaction. If a person earns income in a certain place, he does so by relying on the protection of his person and his property -- and often the enforcement of the contracts -- afforded by the local governing authority. If he buys a product or a piece of real estate, he can be taxed on the same basis. The state in effect takes a commission.

3 comments:

JC said...

That's absolutely hysterical. I'm inclined to agree with some of the points, but at the same time, I like the idea of adding a tax burden to drug dealers. So I propose that the state continue with the sticker program, but without the stipulation that they can't turn over information to the police. This creates a "catch-22" for drug dealers: if they pay the tax, they go to jail; if they don't pay the tax and are caught with drugs, they go to jail and have to pay the assessment anyway.
No part of the state would be silently supporting illegal drugs, so it would be morally closer to a fine than a tax.

I guess I just like the idea of drug dealers having their assets reposessed.

James Elliott said...

...I slipped in a quickie before the weekend...

This conjured images that made me want to stab my eyes out with my pen.

Jay D. Homnick said...

James, if it's a picture of me that you're angling for, it's in the archives on July 17, 2005.