The Tax Man Cometh

Now that we've gotten past the mental anguish of tax day and either had to begrudgingly write out a check for even more of our hard earned dollars to be spent at will by those who think they know how to spend our money better then we do or celebrated that misguided joy of a tax refund without the full realization that all it means is that the government took too much of our money in the first place, I thought I would lighten the mood with 10 great quotes about taxes.

1) An unlimited power to tax involves, necessarily, a power to destroy; because there is a limit beyond which no institution and no property can bear taxation. - John Marshall

2) The only difference between a tax man and a taxidermist is that the taxidermist leaves the skin. – Mark Twain

3) 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 Reagan

4) We 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. – Winston Churchill

5) Taxation of earnings from labor is on a par with forced labor. Seizing the results of someone's labor is equivalent to seizing hours from him and directing him to carry on various activities. – Robert Nozick, Harvard philosopher

6) There is only one way to kill capitalism – by taxes, taxes, and more taxes. – Karl Marx

7) When taxes are too high, people go hungry. – Lao Tsu

8) In 1950, the average family of four paid 2% of its earnings to federal taxes. Today [pre1996] it pays 24%– William R. Mattox, Jr.

9) By the year 2012, projected outlays for entitlements and interest on the national debt will consume all tax revenues collected by the federal government … There will not be one cent left over for education, children's programs, highways, national defense, or any other discretionary program. – Bipartisan U.S. Commission on Entitlement and Tax Reform

10) In levying taxes and in shearing sheep, it is well to stop when you get down to the skin. – Austin O'Malley

With that I will leave you with one more thought, from today until the test of the year the money you earn is now yours as NH's tax freedom day happens to also fall on April 15th.  So while it is depressing to think that every penny you've earned up until yesterday was on behalf of the government look on the bright side, the rest of the country on average has to work until April 23rd before they hit their tax freedom day.  Connecticut will have to wait the longest with theirs being May 8th.