Over the last number of years, starting mostly with the rise of Ronald Reagan as president, a new religion, or rather a cult, has risen and overwhelmed our country. The mantra of this religion is “no taxes,” or “cut taxes,” or “no new taxes.” This mantra has been promoted primarily by the so-called “conservative Republicans” and some Libertarians, but has also been adopted by many in the general public — the latter having been brainwashed by the endless repetition, and never questioning the real reasons for its promotion.
The claim is that the concept of taxes implies that the government essentially steals the money of honest, hardworking men and women, and then squanders it on frivolous enterprises or on the dreaded “bureaucrats.”
And herein lie several contradictions and concepts. To begin with, to my knowledge nobody likes to pay taxes. Our prehistoric ancestors most probably did not pay taxes. But much has happened since the prehistoric times, empires came and disappeared, but importantly, democracy was created by the ancient Greeks.