This week I had the wonderful privilege of doing my income taxes.  Okay not really, it makes me sick to see how much money they took by force from my paycheck to fund programs I despise.  But I have the wonderful choice of doing it or having them come after me.

This experience has led me to think about some problems I am seeing with how many on the right perceive the taxes and class war.  The left has numerous examples economic fantasy masquerading as reality. We keep hearing from the left, the myth that the rich are not paying their fair share. They seem to think that tearing down the rich is gong to make everyone wealthy. The right also have a strange belief about the poor not paying their share.

We hear over and over from the right, the idea that almost 50% of Americans pay no taxes; this is not true. It is true that almost 50% pay no income taxes, but the income tax is only a fraction of the taxes the American people pay. Everyone pays sales tax. Every working person is paying painful taxes in the form of Social Security and Medicare. Every one is paying for the hidden corporate taxes in the form of a higher price for goods and services. Everyone pays the most painful tax of all, inflation.

I do agree that anyone on government assistance [such as welfare and unemployment] are taking much more than they are paying in and therefore not really paying taxes. However, every working person is paying more than their fair share, regardless of their income tax rate.

Class warfare works both ways, eating the poor is not a counterargument to the eat the rich strategy. Both are economic cannibalism and leave a bad taste in everyone's mouth.  We saw it in 2012 when leftists used the conservative tax myth to go after people in their way.  The perpetuation of this myth by many on the right was a big part of why Obama was reelected...  If you believe the election was legitimate. 

At the end of the day Taxation is theft.  It is the government using force to take the fruit of our labor, against our will.  We don't need to raise taxes on anyone, poor or rich! We need to cut spending and lower taxes! Everyone who is not a government dependent, is being robbed.

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  1. In every class I teach in college, I make the students add up their percentage rate they pay in taxes. Many only think in terms of income tax and don't think they are paying all that much. After we sit down and list all of the taxes we pay, the students are shocked by what they discover about the nature of government. That exercise, more than anything else I could teach them, seems to shake them out of their liberalized stupor and take notice of what their government does to them.