The Slavery of Taxes
When I first heard the use of taxes as slavery, I was taken aback. It did make me stop and think, what was being referred to. So I go looking for definitions of slavery. And there a whole variety of slavery types, the closest was bondage. Bondage meaning subject to ………… Involuntary subjection.
, enthrallment. Slavery, bondage, servitude refer to involuntary subjection to another orothers. Slavery emphasizes the idea of complete ownership and control by a master: to be sold into slavery.Bondage indicates a state of subjugation or captivity often involving burdensome and degrading labor: inbondage to a cruel master. Servitude is compulsory service, often such as is required by a legal penalty:penal servitude.
On that definition of being in subjection, one can see how taxes can create a form of slavery. Being citizens of a country, there is a certain level of obligation to help the government. It is usually done by collecting revenue. So various types of taxes, were created to help the government to operate. Most taxes were use taxes. Taxes imposed on goods and or real property. Other types of taxes were head taxes, just for being a citizen, a person had to pay a tax. Then there were taxes imposed, for nothing in particular.
In early history, some of the most despised people were the tax collectors. Along with royalty, these people lived a lavish life. The tax collector developed a following of a few people who would help him collect taxes usually the local bully. Along with the taxes, a tribute would be collected so that the bully would not damage the person’s property or self. To become a tax collector meant riches for that person and sometimes a small empire and maybe up the ranks to a royal standing.
Over the years the tax collector has lost this status but not their fear. For if one does not pay taxes, there are some pretty nasty consequences. In this lies the state of slavery.
something that limits or restricts something else; a qualification: you may enter only under certainconditions
( plural ) external or existing circumstances: conditions were right for a takeover
When the United States came into existence, taxes for the most part were voluntary. With some people not paying taxes, laws were passed compelling people to pay taxes. Then shop keeps and business were compelled by the government to collect taxes for them. All these laws of compulsion carried some stiff penalties of non-compliance. Years in prison and or large fines were imposed if people did not pay their taxes or if businesses did not collect taxes. Much like slavery, if one did not do the job there were severe punishments. Usually in the form of whippings and or locked away in some manner.
The parallels between tax laws and slave laws are ominous to the person who thinks they are free.
a. to alter the response of (a person or animal) to a particular stimulus or situation
b. to establish a conditioned response in (a person or animal)
to put into a fit condition or state
The other way tax laws are used is to control behavior and or alter certain behavior. The sin taxes are in that category. There are those who do not like drinking or smoking and as such these items are easily taxed. It is hoped that by taxing these items to excess people will alter their behavior or abstain from consuming these products.
A variety of laws have passed to make consumption of tobacco and alcoholic beverages illegal under certain conditions. If any of these laws are violated, taxes of another kind are imposed, fines.
When looking at taxes and laws and how they are used to subjugate people to conform to certain behaviors, one can see a form of slavery.
To control a person, there is usually some type of intimidation used. To force one to follow certain rules, the slave master would use various punishments. Public flogging is but one example, public executions: hanging by the neck or beheading, are but a few example of public intimidation. These public events have also been used by various governments over the centuries. Publishing of debts and criminal records is another example of an attempt to humiliate and control people.
Taxes are a volatile debate, yet one had never considered taxes as a form of slavery. Yet if I do not conform to rules that are imposed by governments, I will suffer severe consequences.
So at what level of slavery is acceptable? Some people were asked: would you rather be a slave or free? Many answered a slave for they got room and board if they were slaves. Kind of like the guy would sold his soul to the devil.
Who Are The Slave Master(s)?
Interesting question, the obvious finger points at the politicians, the politician controls the purse strings to a certain extent. Next look at where the tax dollars go. The cronies of politicians would be a good place to start. Then there are the bureaucrats, those whose, wages are paid by tax dollars. Some of these agencies have become very adept at manipulating the political process to funnel more money into their agencies, to expand their fiefdoms.
A good example is the highway/roadway departments. People like to drive on smooth roads for an easy drive and if there are problems with a road, the bickering begins. Politicians wanting to get re-elected are quick to respond. They meet with the citizens, hear the complaint then the political type goes to the road keepers. The transportation people say they can fix the problem but it will cost X more dollars.
Such begins the cry for more tax money. This is but one example of how different agencies clamor for more taxes. Each year there are budget hearings and each time there is a clamor for more money in their budget. It is a part of the American fabric, bigger is better, so if there is a bigger government, it will be better.
The government bureaucracies have grown beyond the management level of one or two people. The cabinet heads command a large staff and the President has numerous czars to oversee the cabinet members and their staffs. These people serve at the pleasure of the current administration and change as the political winds change. Whereas the bureaucrats remain the same throughout their careers, their appetites ever growing, wanting more.
Like most people, they want more pay, some status, power and their base for this comes from the tax[payers. Read somewhere that the average government worker makes 22% more than their counterpart in the private sector. The Civil Servant has outstripped the pay of the taxpayers that support them, kind of ironic. The other way they gain prestige and more money is by creating department heads. Then the wages jump into the 6 figure income bracket and on up. Sometimes these people have no more then 5-10 people under them. Stop in at the local agency office, see how many bosses there are and how many are under them, it is surprising.
So if someone wants to search out slave masters, they have to look beyond the politician. One can not just look at one political party either. The Republicans have their favorite taxes as well as the Democrats. For the Republicans their sacred cow is the military among others. The Department of Defense has grown like the other bureaucracies and like them the DOD has become top heavy with administrators.
So one can not point a finger at any particular political group and say they are the slaves masters.
What would have if taxes of a certain type were discontinued or changed? One of the excuses politicians use for raising taxes is to help the poor. Welfare is the first to jump out of the bushes, so look at that.
This is where money is taken from all and then sent to a bureaucracy and these bureaucrats in turn give a small portion back to certain people that are in a certain income bracket. Now a 100% of the money does not go to these people, a portion is retained by the bureaucracy to administer the tax dollars.
So, how to do it different? I asked a friend once, “How would you like a raise of $200.00-$300.00 per month? I got a quizzical stare. I explained that if the tax rates were changed it would provide more disposable income for the household, still a blank look.
Depending on who one talks to, the poverty rate is an income of less than $25,000.00 per year. Yet these people still have to pay an income tax, and they qualify for various welfare benefits. So, do it differently, exempt certain income levels from personal income tax.
To get out from under the slavery of taxes, the rule of taxes need to change. Politicians have been arguing over reforming the tax codes for years, not much has happened. Taxes can not be eliminated, the government needs to function, at what level is the debate, which leads to what level of slavery does one want.
If those who were below $25,000.00 income were exempted from personal income tax, they would have another $200.00 to $400.00 per month to spend. That would be groceries, a monthly payment on something, some extra disposable income. It would also make the minim wage jobs a little more attractive.
With the burden of personal income tax gone the person in the poverty income range could live a different life. No longer would they be dependent for government programs, their burden of slavery would be reduced. They would be more productive members of society and still be in support of society for they would still pay the consumption taxes. These are the taxes that support the schools, roads and local police/fire agencies.
For years a few have argued that personal income tax is not constitutional, that is not in question here. What is being pointed to is the burden it places on people and how people become subjugated to the slavery of taxes.
There is a small element in society that has control issues and occasionally they get into Congress and laws that control behavior are passed, not laws of consequences. Personal income tax is a law of behavior and used to control behavior. For if one does not pay their taxes or collect them there are sever consequences, including the loss of personal property and or real property. These are the things a slaver would tend to do to control his slaves.
Personal Income tax removes one’s freedom of choice. Whereas consumption taxes, one has a choice on what to consume. There is a difference, albeit subtle. In this difference one can see why there has been such a reluctance why the people in Washington DC are so reluctant to give up the control they over people with personal income taxes.
Whatever the political affiliation is, fingers point all directions. The Republicans have their sacred cow taxes as do the Democrats.