Brewster Rockit by Tim Rickard for June 30, 2019

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    Bilan  almost 5 years ago

    But don’t forget that we no longer have taxation without …

    Er, wait a second.

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    Mungolikecookies  almost 5 years ago

    Unfortunately without taxation then there will be none of the facilities such as road maintenance, a standing army etc. which people desire. It is either have taxation and facilities or have none and have none.

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    The Reader Premium Member almost 5 years ago

    Too right!

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    Say What Now‽ Premium Member almost 5 years ago

    Now they are going to go to Mars to avoid taxes.

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    cdward  almost 5 years ago

    The point was always the representation. Of course, with gerrymandering, that’s rather suspect.

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    therese_callahan2002  almost 5 years ago

    At least he didn’t mention tea tacks like Bugs Bunny did.

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    Masterskrain Premium Member almost 5 years ago

    Almost time for “Revolutionary War 2”.

    Loyal, Patriotic Americans vs. The Republican party.
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    Andrew Sleeth  almost 5 years ago

    I’d hardly say taxation was the sole, or even primary, cause of the Revolutionary War. I seem to recall reading an old essay or something that enumerated all the reasons behind the colonists’ revolt. Hmmm, now let me think … where did I read that? …

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    jrlind55  almost 5 years ago

    Unfortunately!? He gets his salary from the taxes that feed his secretive agency.

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    runar  almost 5 years ago

    When most people think of the Declaration of Independence, all they think about is the parts that say things like “…all men are created equal…” and “…life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness…”.

    But all that is just a prologue to the real substance of the Declaration, which are the twenty-five specific grievances against the governance of George III. Of these twenty-five grievances, fourteen dealt with the colonies’ right to self determination and governance; eight dealt with military interference in the affairs of the colonies; one dealt with restrictions on immigration and territorial expansion (yes, the DoI supported open borders and unrestricted immigration); one dealt with trade. That leaves just one more provision, which I quote here: “For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:”. If taxes were so important, why does the word “taxes” only appear once in the entire Declaration?

    The truth is that the colonists didn’t mind paying taxes, provided that taxation was fair and allowed them to determine their own governance. What they primarily objected to in matters of taxation was the proliferation of loopholes for the king’s cronies and business associates (sound familiar?) and that they were fairly levied and not punitive.

    The notion that the American Revolution was primarily a fight against taxes is not a “great American story”, it’s a great American myth, perpetuated by people who have never read more than the first paragraph of the Declaration of Independence.

    In the interests of full disclosure, the principal author of the DoI id my many-times-great uncle. I am a direct descendant of one of his sisters.

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    JPuzzleWhiz  almost 5 years ago

    Unfortunately, there’s a certain somebody whom I shall not name who’s trying to hijack the holiday and make it all about him…it’s been in the news…

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    SukieCrandall Premium Member almost 5 years ago

    runar did a great job above describing the reality.

    without representation are the key words when one discusses “no taxation without representation”.

    Anyone who wants to try living without taxes should try living in Somalia for a while. (not recommended)

    While it is known that there certainly were some people who thought that they were fighting to not have any taxes my hope is that most were paying better attention with more observant interpretations of decently complete information, but perhaps then as now there were people who got caught up in soundbites rather than in content.

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    wbbh  almost 5 years ago

    Taxation is theft, period.

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    jvn  almost 5 years ago

    If you want something done right, do it yourself.

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    WCraft Premium Member almost 5 years ago

    Do NOT move to Taxinois, they just doubled the state gas tax. Their new motto: Tax and Spend!

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    Radish the wordsmith  almost 5 years ago

    Well someone has to pay for the tax breaks for billionaires.

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    b95954297b48a54fcff8fddbcdef6b2f  almost 5 years ago

    More like a pretzel.

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    Masterskrain Premium Member almost 5 years ago

    Nuke Congress from Orbit. It’s the ONLY way to make sure…

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    julie.mason1 Premium Member almost 5 years ago

    And they are honest. Once bought, they stay bought!

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    Daeder  almost 5 years ago

    The issue of taxes was just a pretense. They called our bluff and offered us representation, which we declined.

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    syzygy47  almost 5 years ago

    Ah, but we had income taxes imposed on us to finance the Great War that began in 1914. And someday, when the Kaiser and pointy hatted minions are defeated, we can bring the boys home from the trenches and end that bleepin’ tax.

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