Sunday, December 17, 2006

Not One of These Taxes Existed 100 Years Ago


Accounts Receivable Tax
> > Building Permit Tax
> > CDL license Tax
> > Cigarette Tax
> > Corporate Income Tax
> > Dog License Tax
> > Federal Income Tax
> > Federal Unemployment Tax (FUTA)
> > Fishing License Tax
> > Food License Tax,
> > Fuel permit tax
> > Gasoline Tax (42 cents per gallon)
> > Hunting License Tax
> > Inheritance Tax
> > Interest expense
> > Inventory tax
> > IRS Interest Charges IRS Penalties (tax on top of tax)
> > Liquor Tax
> > Luxury Taxes
> > Marriage License Tax
> > Medicare Tax
> > Property Tax
> > Real Estate Tax
> > Service charge taxes
> > Social Security Tax
> > Road usage taxes
> > Sales Tax
> > Recreational Vehicle Tax
> > School Tax
> > State Income Tax
> > State Unemployment Tax (SUTA)
> > Telephone federal excise tax
> > Telephone federal universal service fee tax
> > Telephone federal, state and local surcharge taxes
> > Telephone minimum usage surcharge tax
> > Telephone recurring and non-recurring charges tax
> > Telephone state and local tax
> > Telephone usage charge tax
> > Vehicle License Registration Tax
> > Vehicle Sales Tax
> > Watercraft registration Tax
> > Well Permit Tax
> > Workers Compensation Tax
> >
> > COMMENTS: Not one of these taxes existed 100 years ago,
> > and our nation was the most prosperous in the world.
> > We had absolutely no national debt, had the largest middle class
> > in the world, and Mom stayed home to raise the kids.
> > What happened?

From Jim Price

7 Comments:

Blogger Mark F said...

We didn't spend over 40% of the budget on defense back then and didn't have much of a standing army (had a pretty good navy though).

If you were poor and got sick or were run over by someone's wagon, you either got better or you died because the government wasn't going to pay for your medical care.

The government spent essentially zero to research medical cures.

If you didn't have cash in hand to go to college. You either earned a scholarship or found a job. No government help there either.

If you wanted to own a home you either paid cash for the total price or you had sufficient assets to get a loan because the government wasn't going to underwrite your mortgage by providing low-cost funding to banks.

If you lived near a factory, no telling what you were drinking. It's been less than 40 years since the Cuyahoga River caught fire due to the pollution. Not to mention Baltimore Harbor, Buffalo River in New York or the Rouge River in Michigan all burning at various times. Without some government interference we would still have such events.

If you served in the military, you generally only got a pension if Congress voted it and that generally only happened years after a war. You certainly didn't get GI Bill college benefits or VA home loans.

You didn't have high quality roads connecting the nation because the Federal government wasn't in the business of funding roads.

You didn't have huge expenditures making sure that medicines being sold actually worked or ensuring that they didn't cause harm.

You had no expenditures to keep drugs out of circulation. Congress didn't outlaw the importation of opium until 1909.

Our forebears paid less in taxes but they got a lot less too.

12:35 PM, December 19, 2006  
Anonymous Ford Prefect said...

You could still sue people in court though, for hitting you with a car, selling you rubbish, and poisoning your water.

We still had medical cures discovered, roads were built, etc, nothing new.

I don't remember the outrageous out-of-control drug problem 100 years ago, which must have existed since the DEA didn't exist and we didn't spend any money trying to curb the 'problem'.

The upside of course, is that a smaller standing army is harder to deploy on ill-thought out 'conflicts' overseas.

4:13 PM, December 19, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A joke right?

You understand that the environmental regulation thing is a scam.

Big business with its greater lobbying power has the better shot at getting the acceptable pollution levels at a rate that works for them. Then by adhering to that standard they get near immunity from any harm they may cause because they complied with the law.

Of course the other part of the equation is in a non-regulated environment who do you sue to stop pollution? Which of 20 factories using benzene is the one that released the benzene that poisoned the well you drink out of? Which factory locally or on the other side of the country or which car or truck released the pollutant that caused your lung cancer.

Nice fantasy but not realistic.

9:38 AM, December 20, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sue ALL of 'em, get money inproprotion to the benzene they dumped in.

12:45 PM, December 30, 2006  
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