Brad Miller

No Tax: the only “Fair Tax”

In True nature of the State on July 25, 2011 at 12:23 pm

A Tax no matter how it is collected is still a tax.  

No matter if the tax is taken directly from income or indirectly from income at the point of sale, it still  is Government stealing money from individuals. Whether your employer sends money required by law to the Treasury or a retailer is forced to do so, the means of confiscation does not change the fact that they are both taxes on a person’s income.

 The only two ways to gain money in life is through selling goods and services to consumers on the free market or from stealing it from those who have successfully done so. Once income is earned that money is an individual’s property and if someone takes that property without consent, then it has been stolen.  That is why I believe all TAXES ARE THEFT.  Therefore all taxes are involuntary no matter how they are collected.  This refutes the notion that the consumption tax is a voluntary tax. If it were voluntary no law would be needed.

The other main selling point of the Fair Tax is that it gets rid of the IRS .  I’m all for that but that doesn’t get to the heart of the matter.  Frank Chodorov wrote that “the income tax was the root of all evil”. I think better stated is that “Taxation is the root of all evil”. Taxation penalizes the productive and rewards the unproductive. The Fair Tax does nothing to alter the total amount of taxation (amount of money stolen) or the size and scope of the Federal Government.  And this is the big problem we face.

Frederic Bastiat wrote “the state tends to expand in proportion to its means of existence and to live beyond its means, and these are, in the last analysis, nothing but the substance of the people. Woe to the people that cannot limit the sphere of action of the state! Freedom, private enterprise, wealth, happiness, independence, personal dignity, all vanish.”

I do fear we will be unable to limit the proposed 23% national sales tax rate of the Fair Tax from increasing. Even if it is amended into the Constitution there are no guarantees that temporary increases or even permanent would not be passed.  If history is our guide than I can say for certain the rate would increase. This is because the politicians and net tax consumers would always vote for increases.  Best case scenario with the Fair Tax would be to keep the same level of taxation. To me that is not a plus and more than likely it would be consitently increased.

Alexis de Tocqueville wrote “A democratic government is the only one in which those who vote for a tax can escape the obligation to pay it.”  

 The argument should not be about how taxes are collected but the the taxation itself.   If we have a God-given right to our life, liberty and property than taxation is by definition theft. I believe the only discussion we should be having is how to reduce and finally eliminate taxes for good. 

 
And that’s my take

For Further Reading go to http://mises.org/daily/1768, Murray Rothbard’s Consumption Tax: A Critique.

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