Quotes on Taxes

You can't be for big government, big taxes, and big bureaucracy and still be for the little guy. Ronald Wilson Reagan Quote Details

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Families cannot prosper and keep America strong if government becomes a Goliath that preys upon their wealth, usurps their rights, and crushes their spirit. Ronald Wilson Reagan Quote Details

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Government's view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it. Ronald Wilson Reagan Quote Details

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Government is like a baby - an alimentary canal with a big appetite at one end and no sense of responsibility at the other. Ronald Wilson Reagan Quote Details

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It has been pointed out that the days of democracy are numbered once the belly takes command of the head. When the less affluent feel the urge to break a commandment and begin to covet that which their more affluent neighbors possess, they are tempted to use their votes to obtain instant satisfaction. Then equal opportunity at the starting line becomes an extended guarantee of at least a tie at the finish of the race. Under the euphamism "the greatest good for the greatest number," we destroy a system which has accomplished just that and move toward the managed economy which strangles freedom and mortgages generations yet to come. Ronald Wilson Reagan Quote Details

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Confiscatory taxes bear a Democratic trademark. Since the inception of the federal income tax in 1914, it has been increased thirteen times under Democratic administrations. It has been reduced eight times under Republican administrations. Ronald Wilson Reagan Quote Details

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A government that robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul. George Bernard Shaw Quote Details

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The hardest thing in the world to understand is the income tax. Albert Einstein Quote Details

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I want to find a voracious, small-minded predator and name it after the IRS. Robert Bakker Quote Details

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The avoidance of taxes is the only intellectual pursuit that carries any reward. John Maynard Keynes Quote Details

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A government which lays taxes on the people not required by urgent public necessity and sound public policy is not a protector of liberty, but an instrument of tyranny. Calvin Coolidge Quote Details

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Everyone ought to realize that the sole source of national wealth is thrift and industry, and that the sole supply of the public treasury is the toil of the people. Calvin Coolidge Quote Details

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Under this republic the rewards of industry belong to those who earn them. The only constitutional tax is the tax which ministers to public necessity. Calvin Coolidge Quote Details

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The wise and correct course to follow in taxation and all other economic legislation is not to destroy those who have already secured success but to create conditions under which every one will have a better chance to be successful. Calvin Coolidge Quote Details

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To preserve our independence, we must not let our rulers load us with perpetual profusion and servitude. Thomas Jefferson Quote Details

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If we can prevent the Government from wasting the labors of the people, under the pretense of caring for them, they will be happy. Thomas Jefferson Quote Details

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A right, such as a right to free speech, imposes no obligation on another, except that of non-interference. The so-called right to health care, food or housing, whether a person can afford it or not, is something entirely different; it does impose an obligation on another. If one person has a right to something he didn't produce, simultaneously and of necessity it means that some other person does not have right to something he did produce. That's because, since there's no Santa Claus or Tooth Fairy, in order for government to give one American a dollar, it must, through intimidation, threats and coercion, confiscate that dollar from some other American. Walter E. Williams Quote Details

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A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury. Alexander Fraser Tyler Quote Details

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Three-fifths to two-thirds of the federal budget consists of taking property from one American and giving it to another. Were a private person to do the same thing, we'd call it theft. When government does it, we euphemistically call it income redistribution, but that's exactly what thieves do -- redistribute income. Income redistribution not only betrays the founders' vision, it's a sin in the eyes of God. Walter E. Williams Quote Details

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No man's life, liberty, or property are safe while the legislature is in session. Judge Gideon Tucker Quote Details

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To compel a man to furnish contributions of money for the propagations of opinions which he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical. Thomas Jefferson Quote Details

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I contend that for a nation to try to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle. Sir Winston Churchill Quote Details

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The only difference between a tax man and a taxidermist is that the taxidermist leaves the skin. Mark Twain Quote Details

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Tax policy should not be based on the premise that government owns you and allows you to keep some arbitrary amount of your labor. Ron Paul Quote Details

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Simply put, freedom is the absence of government coercion. Our Founding Fathers understood this, and created the least coercive government in the history of the world. The Constitution established a very limited, decentralized government to provide national defense and little else. States, not the federal government, were charged with protecting individuals against criminal force and fraud. For the first time, a government was created solely to protect the rights, liberties, and property of its citizens. Any government coercion beyond that necessary to secure those rights was forbidden, both through the Bill of Rights and the doctrine of strictly enumerated powers. This reflected the founders' belief that democratic government could be as tyrannical as any King.

Few Americans understand that all government action is inherently coercive. If nothing else, government action requires taxes. If taxes were freely paid, they wouldn't be called taxes, they'd be called donations. If we intend to use the word freedom in an honest way, we should have the simple integrity to give it real meaning: Freedom is living without government coercion. So when a politician talks about freedom for this group or that, ask yourself whether he is advocating more government action or less.
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Deficits mean future tax increases, pure and simple. Deficit spending should be viewed as a tax on future generations, and politicians who create deficits should be exposed as tax hikers. Ron Paul Quote Details

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When the federal government spends more each year than it collects in tax revenues, it has three choices: It can raise taxes, print money, or borrow money. While these actions may benefit politicians, all three options are bad for average Americans. Ron Paul Quote Details

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The real problem with government is not the deficit. The real problem with government is the amount of our money that it spends. Milton Friedman Quote Details

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Worried about an IRS audit? Avoid what's called a red flag. That's something the IRS always looks for. For example, say you have some money left in your bank account after paying taxes. That's a red flag. Jay Leno Quote Details

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I am in favor of Federal deficits, if the alternative is higher taxes. I am in favor of lower taxes, even if these lead to higher deficits. I think the Federal government will not cut spending for any reason but one: bankruptcy. So, as long as the beast is going to spend money, it might as well raise it by borrowing. Let the people who trust the government wind up as creditors to the government. When the government defaults, one way or the other, those hurt most will be those who trusted politicians the most. This is as it should be. There is a kind of raw justice in the arrangement. Gary North Quote Details

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For the average American family, filling out a tax form has become like attacking a puzzle to which, often enough, there is no right answer. But we're all supposed to swear, on penalty of perjury, that we've done our best to find it. Paul Greenberg Quote Details

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The difference between death and taxes is death doesn't get worse every time Congress meets. Will Rogers Quote Details

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The citizen is sovereign only when he can retain and enjoy the fruits of his labor. If the government has first claim on his property he must learn to genuflect before it. When the right of property is abrogated, all the other rights of the individual are undermined, and to speak of the sovereign citizen who has no absolute right of property is to talk nonsense. It is like saying that the slave is free because he is allowed to do anything he wants to do (even vote, if you wish) except to own what he produces. Frank Chodorov Quote Details

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The only way to increase everyone's standard of living is by increasing the amount of capital per worker. Additional capital makes workers more productive, which means they can produce more goods than before. When our economy becomes physically capable of producing vastly more goods, their abundance makes them more affordable in terms of dollars (if the Federal Reserve isn't inflating the money supply). Soaking the rich works for only so long: the rich eventually wise up and decide to hide their income, move away, or stop working so much. But investing in capital makes everyone better off. It is the only way we can all become wealthier. We are wealthier today because our economy is physically capable of producing so much more at far lower costs. And that's why, just from a practical point of view, it is foolish to levy taxes along any step of this process, because doing so sabotages the only way wealth can be created for everyone. Ron Paul Quote Details

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The arithmetic makes it plain that inflation is a far more devastating tax than anything that has been enacted by our legislature. The inflation tax has a fantastic ability to simply consume capital. It makes no difference to a widow with her savings in a 5 percent passbook account whether she pays 100 percent income tax on her interest income during a period of zero inflation or pays no income taxes during years of 5 percent inflation. Either way, she is 'taxed' in a manner that leaves her no real income whatsoever. Any money she spends comes right out of capital. She would find outrageous a 120 percent income tax but doesn't seem to notice that 5 percent inflation is the economic equivalent. Warren Buffett Quote Details

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If you make any money, the government shoves you in the creek once a year with it in your pockets, and all that don't get wet you can keep. Will Rogers Quote Details

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It is a good thing that we do not get as much government as we pay for. Will Rogers Quote Details

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A liberal is someone who feels a great debt to his fellow man, which debt he proposes to pay off with your money. Gordon Liddy Quote Details

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