However, to suggest that government is based on theft is not all that hasty. Do you know of any other way for a state to exist than to confiscate from private individuals?
And of course that is true - government taxation is de facto
appropriating, through coercion, force or threat of force, resources from others, mainly its own citizens. If done by a private actor, the identical methods would be criminal.
Most rational people don't have a problem with taxing authority or the fact that taxes must be paid, probably by them, to fund government operations.
What happened is, since roughly the election of FDR, there has been little-to-no restraint placed on governmental spending at the federal level. In the wake of this spending, we have 4 or 5 generations of people with ZERO inkling there are non-governmental solutions to problems. Americans very paradoxically desire (and I use the Presidential elections of 2008 and 2012 as evidence) a huge federal government, but yet one that does not overreach and overtax (and I use election results, particularly House elections in 1994 and 2010 as evidence), and in fact, it has been argued that, collectively, the American electorate would be described, psychologically, as "bi-polar" on these issues.
The problem is the debt - if the US was relatively debt free right now, we could afford a whole host of, IMO, wrong-headed, counter-productive, meddling social engineering projects (to which we seem to be inextricably addicted). We aren't, and therefore we cannot afford to continue this governmental expansion.
Since we're going to do it any way - you just think
we've endured confiscatory tax policy in the past.
This post was edited on 12/12 at 1:08 pm