May 15, 2008
Most people who bother with history anymore are aware of the Boston Tea Party. Now some activists in that tradition may be about to stage a second version of that great rebellion against unfair and overtaxation.
A campaign has begun in Massachusetts to abolish the state income tax. They tax everything here, sometimes more than once, like a hotel room which is taxed three times. It’s why some call it “Tax-achusetts.
What I like is the reaction from liberals to the proposal by a group of libertarians: “chaos,” “devastating,” “catastrophe."
Notice how government never asks how you are doing. It never asks if you can afford more taxes; it just assumes you can. Government never asks if you want more programs, most of which you will never benefit from. If you complain, government calls you uncaring, insensitive and greedy.
I have long thought we should require government to live within our means. We ought to be telling government how much of our money we allow them to have and not continue to allow government to tell us how much of our money they will allow us to keep.
Cal Thomas is a nationally syndicated columnist based in Washington, D.C.