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12-30-2015, 01:19 AM   #91
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The government has no ownership of me; neither right nor obligation to 'invest' in me nor in my education. Neither do I owe 'government' any part of me or my output as an obligation. Sure, there are various taxes here, all based on commercial transactions (other than Real Estate tax), but I retain the opportunity to choose not to transact and thus owe less or no tax. I am not OBLIGATED to expose myself to taxes. That is unfortunately a difficult concept to grasp for most people.

Nothing is free. Someone's taxes paid whatever the government 'invested' in that education, and the government expects a return on its investment. Interestingly, which type of country has had the higher return over the last 150 years?
I was commenting on political philosophies. While I have views of what is good I will not elaborate because that could become inappropriate P&R discussion.

My view of taxes is that they should be based on choices the taxpayer makes, your choice to participate in a transaction. Also, the system should be designed to be easy, cheap, to administer so there is a minimum of effort and cost to collecting the money, and designed broadly enough to avoid weird distortions and inequities arising from details of how some people organise their affairs but denied to others in technically different circumstances or not rich enough to justify/afford smart tax avoidance specialists.

---------- Post added 12-30-15 at 06:53 PM ----------

When I first ravelled overseas in 1985 the fare cost me $1350. 4 times what I paid for my MX in 1981. Today the same route on a similar class of airline is about the same amount, about the cost of my K3.

But my cars have increased from $9000 in 1983 to $40000 today. Better car but similar market positioning.

Different things inflate at different rates.

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