Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Tax Day

April 15th produces consternation for many Americans. Some pay their taxes begrudgingly, others indifferently, and still others lie and cheat. In our time of increasingly partisan politics, with everything from Tea Parties to tax dodgers, many claim to know what the founders of this country wanted and intended. Many invoke their names as magical incantations to prove their point. Interestingly, they often prove as confusing and contradictory as the talking heads today. For example-

“Every proposal for a specific tax is sure to meet with opposition … It must be the province of the legislature to hold the scales with a judicious hand and balance one by another. The rich must be made to pay for their luxuries; which is the only proper way of taking their superior wealth.”- Alexander Hamilton
"Taxes should be proportioned to what may be annually spared by the individual." --Thomas Jefferson

"No taxes can be devised which are not more or less inconvenient and unpleasant." - George Washington

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