I recall a conversation I had with my brother-in-law, who is left-leaning and a solid Democrat. I was trying to explain why I viewed taxation as immoral. My slant was something like this: if taxes are good and beneficial, then individuals would pay them voluntarily. Why force me to put my money where I would otherwise not put it? To me, this is an irreconcilable abrogation on private property rights.
His response was simple: to him, taxes were voluntary. He trusts the system (more than I do, anyway) and gladly pays his taxes for what he sees are fair pay-offs: health care assistance, education assistance, roads, social security, etc. In short, he voluntarily would pay his taxes. He chooses to do so. Even if the IRS removed their thousands of armed agents and strict federal tax evasion laws were repealed, he’d still pay.
Now my argument is this: that’s fine and dandy if you or even many people would voluntarily pay the government for these services. But what of us that would not willingly do so, provided stringent repellents were not in place? We are being forced or compelled to use our money in a way we would not choose to.
Consider how many tens of millions of Americans are being forced to pay taxes (taxes and tax policy are largely controlled by unelected bureaucrats) against their will! Where is their agency? Where is their individual liberty? Why is it neglected?
Did our Founding Fathers really think that a bare majority (or unelected bureaucrats, as the case may be) are morally justified in setting an arbitrary tax rate that is binding on everyone else?
I think not. Democracy is highly over-rated in today’s political world, and is one way of abrogating private property rights and individual liberty itself. Far better to follow the Founding Fathers in severely limiting the powers and functions of government, especially government’s control over our pursestrings, and those of our grandchildren!