The Tax Man Cometh


Seeing as yesterday was Tax Deadline Day, I thought I’d share a number of quotes I had laying around and some I found.  Some are funny, some where just meant to be.  In either case, you might want to think about taxes as a result of forgetting where we came from.

Just so you know, we fought against the taxes laid upon us by the Mother Country.  But do you know what those taxes where destained for?  Most of the taxes we started to revolt against where to pay for the protection we recieved from the Garrisons in place on our then, western border.  Today we would call it defense spending.  Today, if memory serves, over 50% of the Federal Budget is Social Spending.  That, while hundreds every day cross our southern border and recieve our tax dollars.  So much for that.  Please enjoy these quotes.

“The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not. ” Thomas Jefferson

“The income tax has made more liars out of the American people than golf has.” Will Rogers

“But in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” Benjamin Franklin

“Unquestionably, there is progress. The average American now pays out twice as much in taxes as he formerly got in wages.” H. L. Mencken

“To compel a man to subsidize with his taxes the propagation of ideas which He disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical.” Thomas Jefferson

“The politicians don’t just want your money. They want your soul. They want you to be worn down by taxes until you are dependent and helpless. When you subsidize poverty and failure, you get more of both.” James Dale Davidson, National Taxpayers Union

“I’m not going to raise taxes on middle-class Americans to pay for the programs I’ve recommended.” Bill Clinton, (who increased taxes by 10%).

“The hardest thing in the world to understand is the income tax.” Albert Einstein

“Income tax returns are the most imaginative fiction being written today.” Herman Wouk

“When there is an income tax, the just man will pay more and the unjust less on the same amount of income.” Plato, (Keep in mind the number of Politicians that are in the News involving their taxes).

“The IRS spends God knows how much of your tax money on these toll-free information hot lines staffed by IRS employees, whose idea of a dynamite tax tip is that you should print neatly. If you ask them a real tax question, such as how you can cheat, they’re useless. So, for guidance, you want to look to big business. Big business never pays a nickel in taxes, according to Ralph Nader, who represents a big consumer organization that never pays a nickel in taxes…” Dave Barry

“Look, we play the Star Spangled Banner before every game. You want us to pay income taxes, too?” Bill Veeck, Chicago White Sox

“I’m proud to be paying taxes in the United States. The only thing is I could be just as proud for half the money.” Arthur Godfrey

“I see a good deal of talk from Washington about lowering taxes. I hope they do get ’em lowered enough so people can afford to pay ’em.”  Will Rogers

“I make a fortune from criticizing the policy of the government, and then hand it over to the government in taxes to keep it going.” George Bernard Shaw

“Man is not like other animals in the ways that are really significant: Animals have instincts, we have taxes.” Erving Goffman

“Noah must have taken into the Ark two taxes, one male and one female. And did they multiply bountifully! Next to guinea pigs, taxes must have been the most prolific animals.” Will Rogers

To take from one to give to another, to relieve the fruits of one man’s labor to give to one who will not it tyranny, short sweet and simple.  This Country was founded on principles of a Republic, not a Democracy, as many today claim when a large group of the population, (or a President), says I won.  Democracy is 51% of the people taking away the rights of the other 49%. Thomas Jefferson

That is why we were made a Republic.


“Rebellion to Tyranny is Obedience to God”


11 Responses to “The Tax Man Cometh”

  1. L0RBE Says:

    Well, again we agree Chas.. Newt is indeed a politician…. Wasn’t it Winston Churchill who said that politicians look to the next election and statesman look to the future?… Or something to that effect? Newt is EXTREMELY gifted at looking at the political landscape and taking advantage of the weaknesses that present themselves.

    Yes, you are also correct, under the current election “laws” it would be almost impossible to run a 3rd party and win… HOWEVER I always have hope for election reform..;-) I just have one word.. Lobbies…. THEY are our country’s enemy… not liberals or conservatives, not dems or repubs… if you need an enemy.. Lobby’s would be the target…Campaign finance reform! Yes
    Lobbies would cease to matter where the Government confind to using only such power as the Constitution grants them. If the USSC would do their job and call all this illegal spending what it is, unconstitutional, lobbies would have no power.


    For the last time to night namaste my friend.. 😉

  2. L0RBE Says:

    Thanks again Chas for taking the time to reply to my annoying questions… And again we agree….well cept I don’t think the democrats are getting us there faster… I’d have to say they are taking a different road and Repubs are doing a better job at choosing the costume in which they hide. 😉

    I think you should follow Newt’s advice and go for a 3rd party.. he was speaking with James Carville’s class @ Tulane University (they are close friends) recently and said as much… I don’t agree with one political issue Newt holds but I sure do think he is a hell of a political strategist. Have you checked good ole Newt out lately? I think you’d like… namaste…
    The thing about Newt that I don’t like, he is a politician. I’m not going to try and drag down one agenda or another, because I disagree with both, because neither are in line with the original intent. People can argue that all day long, but fact is the first and foremost idea of the Republic is individual first, Family and God, while government ends up at 10 or so down the list.

    Both Parties have made it almost impossible to have all 50 States have a real showing for a third party. And short of a real change of belief’s that the government isn’t the real answer, no third party is going to collect enough money to compete with the big 2.

    Lori, your questions are not annoying.

  3. L0RBE Says:

    Jefferson used many old classic works, which he studied in their original language, to form his ideas on the working of a Republic. It is not unusual that some form of a former thinker would evolve into his words with the same basic idea.

    That is what I think too Chas, everything should be taken in context.

    I admit I am a little slow, but was that an original quote from Jefferson? Or an interpretation of an opinion he once wrote? I think I am hearing it wasn’t a quote but rather another opinion?

    A democrat might be saying the same thing today because, for almost a decade now, republicans have taken from the working class “spoils” and use it for their own benefit.

    As always thanks for the conversation… I am now off to read something about liberals that Sterling referred to on F&F blog.. LOL Geeeze… a lliberals job is never done! LOL namaste….
    I believe that saying that Dems or Repubs are any different is dishonest. They just have a different approach, both would send us into more Government. That’s what I see. The GOP just is taking the slower turn left.

    When does the thoughts of someone become their own and not the sum of their life and research? I say many things that might be confused with paraphrasing Jefferson, if I may so flatter myself. All “original” thought comes from life experience I would think. So little is really original except maybe in the sciences. After millions of years how original can anyone really be at this stage of mankind’s span on this planet?

    The only way to really understand Jefferson is to read his letters and see what the words mean to him at the time he wrote it. He said the same thing about understanding what the Constitution meant, “return to the time that it was written”. Liberal, Democracy and many other words had very different meanings back then.


  4. Gini Says:

    An excellent piece Chas. Enjoyed it so much. Another “note card” event, I think? Something to give to those who just don’t “get it”. Seems there are a few around still, and one has to just wonder what on earth they learned in school, from their parents, and their grand parents.They did it all, and survived it all, so one does not have to reach back very far to see what is happening now, and why it is wrong. I guess there are those that never learn a thing along the way, and so it goes, hum? One hopes that they never will have the experience of “the teacher sent to plow the fields, whilst the field hand tends to the teaching”, hum? We will try our best to keep them safe, as well as ourselves and our children and their children. Gini
    Money talks Gini. And so we pay.


  5. DogOnCrack Says:

    To suggest that Democrats want anyone other than themselves to enjoy the fruits of their labor is beyond ludicrous. The left wing stubbornly refuses to acknowledge the clear difference between charity and theft. Such blatant dishonesty is therefore twofold.
    I would say that Democrats as a group don’t actually want my money, personally, but have no trouble giving it to someone else, who did nothing to deserve it.


  6. L0RBE Says:

    Hey Chas!

    I have a question/s…. If we are a republic… I wonder why Jefferson used the word democracy in this quote?

    “The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not. ” Thomas Jefferson

    I wonder if he saw the difference in words or if he thought they were interchangeable?

    Also, in what context was Jefferson speaking when this quote was attributed to him… I tried to look it up with no success, I am sure you can put your finger right on it… All I could find was this..

    “The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not.

    This exact quotation has not been found in any of the writings of Thomas Jefferson. It bears a very vague resemblance to Jefferson’s comment in a prospectus for his translation of Destutt de Tracy’s Treatise on Political Economy: “To take from one, because it is thought that his own industry and that of his fathers has acquired too much, in order to spare to others, who, or whose fathers have not exercised equal industry and skill, is to violate arbitrarily the first principle of association, ‘the guarantee to every one of a free exercise of his industry, & the fruits acquired by it.'”

    I wonder because the context of the latter sounds an awful lot like something a democrat might be saying today.. 😉

    Thanks again for answering my nagging questions… Lori
    Jefferson also called democracy Mobocracy, the rule of the mob. The two are only interchangeable in that we vote for Representatives, who in theory vote in accordance with our wishes, bearing in mind that they also represent those who did not vote for them. He has an obligation to to find that middle ground.

    You have to remember that democracy was pretty much in the hands of a 2 year term representative, easily voted out of office before he could do a lot of harm. The 17th Amendment changed the fundamentals of the Republic and gave us in essence a 6 year representative, instead of a supporter of his/her State’s Rights.

    Jefferson used many old classic works, which he studied in their original language, to form his ideas on the working of a Republic. It is not unusual that some form of a former thinker would evolve into his words with the same basic idea.

    And with all due respect, I don’t see where any Democrat today thinks I should be privy to the fruits on my labor if I make over a certain amount. It’s more like everyone that makes less is privy to the fruits of others labor who make more. On the flip side of that coin the GOP is just willing to settle for just a little bit less.

    But charity at the point of a gun is theft no matter what party is taking it. Robin Hood was fiction, so is the idea that taking my money and giving it to someone else, for what ever reason, is morally incompatible with freedom.


  7. DogOnCrack Says:

    Be warned fellow right wing extremists! It’s time to start nailing your furniture to the floor! Electronic devices can be permanently attached to their resting places using super glue of mighty putty. Of course, this assumes that one can still afford to purchase such adhesives. Those who can should buy some for Jefferson as well, given that he’s been spinning in his grave ever since February 3, 1913 and would probably like to be still for once. Anyone who lives in a trailer is just SOL.
    I think Jefferson also took up drinking heavily.


  8. Salvatore Says:

    Chas you did a great job and this one,
    people should be concerned,
    “The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not. ” Thomas Jefferson
    this one bothers me.
    And it’s a place we’ve been since FDR. Once the words of men like Jefferson are kicked aside and disgarded, we lose what made us great.


  9. Eileen Says:

    love the one by the White Socks player
    He was the Coach, but yes I like that one also.


  10. Liz K Says:

    Great quotes, Chas!
    Positive comments from you always mean so much. I try hard so I don’t get the teacher voice. 😉


  11. Frank C Says:

    So many of the quotes are still appropriate even in this day and age. Great Job Chas.
    Thanks Frank. Feel free to copy and spread them around. One day the “people” might wake up.


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