Protests over high taxes are not new. Recall the original Tea Party in the 18th century and "No taxation without representation." Then there was California's Proposition 13 when one man started a revolt against high property taxes.
In Ireland, one-half of all Irish homeowners have joined a boycott against a new $133 property tax imposed by the government in an attempt to shore up the country's lagging economy. The government has imposed stringent cuts in spending and services, but it's the corruption and taxpayer liability for public debts to private banks that have fueled the revolt.
Here in the U.S., politicians never have enough of our money. People who earn it submit to all the programs and tax increases liberal politicians impose on them. In Maryland, especially, where the hard left Martin O'Malley is governor, new taxes have been proposed on income and gasoline. What if a substantial number of taxpayers in Maryland and, say, California and New York, revolted and refused to pay, demanding the government cut the waste and forcing politicians to live within our means? Just a thought.
I'm Cal Thomas in Washington.
Publication date: April 5, 2012