Saturday, May 30, 2009

Taxation Witout Representation!

My family was just talking this over yesterday, as we were discussing how the little brothers were going to file for taxes on the money that they got for mowing the neighbor's grass. This really wouldn't be an issue, for some one like me who is a huge fan of upholding the law (if you dont like the laws, change them proper way, but if they aren't worth changing they are probably worth upholding and enforcing). The problem I find in this is that it is the same issue over which the Boston Tea party was stirred up, and the Revolutionary war came about.

See, the patriots of 1776 did not demand representation without taxes. They wanted representation with taxes as a fair and inevitable part of having a government, or the same state of no representation in parliment, but also no taxes, since people who are not considered citzens enough to vote are not citizens enough to pay taxes.

I think that same principle holds through today. Why should someone who is not old enough to vote be old enough to pay taxes? If they are not represented in congress or legislature, aren't they "un-citizen" enough to be free of taxes as well?

Not really lengthy and researched is this^ but it is a thought, that I think is worth considering.

Despite my claim to be law abiding though, I laugh inside whenever I pick up change on the street, knowing that this counts as income (according to tax code), and that I will never pay for it.


cuileann said...

Indeed! I agree, worth thinking over...

Q said...

I've thought about this, too, and I think there are two fair ways to handle this:

1. Tax only those old enough to vote
2. Anyone who is taxed should be allowed to register to vote

Lady Brainsample said...

Big government with an out of control budget. That's probably what "justifies" it.

Edge said...

Mm. I like your thoughts on this. Especially the last paragraph.

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