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The Rising Price of Civilization
American Thinker ^ | 04/16/2013 | Jon. N. Hall

Posted on 04/16/2013 3:01:28 PM PDT by SeekAndFind

Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes famously opined: "Taxes are the price we pay for civilization." Right, but that price is rapidly rising. Might we be paying for more "civilization" than we can afford?

When I filed my 2013 Personal Property Declaration with Jackson County, Missouri, I noticed that most of what the county assesses concerns transportation -- automobiles, boats, motorcycles, RVs, airplanes, and the like. My declaration was for "all the tangible personal property made taxable by the laws of the state of Missouri, which I owned or which I had under my charge or management on the first day of January."

So if it's late in the year, smart Missourians postpone buying a vehicle until after New Year's Day. That way they won't have to pay property taxes for an entire year on a car they owned only at the end of the year. (Buying a new car in late December is something an émigré from Kansas might do.)

The county also needs to know the "market value of all farm machinery & equipment," which is a mite strange in that Jackson County is largely urban. Inspecting my personal property declaration a little further, I noticed in the lower left that I had to list my barrows, gilts, replacement ewes, sows and other livestock. If my animals reproduce, I pay taxes on their newborns. Why can't I just declare them as dependents?

Finally, I read this: "market value of all grain & other agricultural crops in unmanufactured condition." But what if I'm farming just to feed my family? Is this some nightmarish extrapolation of Wickard v. Filburn, some misbegotten vestige of the New Deal? At least they seem to want to leave my victory garden untaxed. Or does that fall under: "other agricultural crops in unmanufactured condition"?

(Excerpt) Read more at americanthinker.com ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: civilization; irs; taxes

1 posted on 04/16/2013 3:01:28 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Who gives a rat’s *ss what Holmes said; as we all know, taxes are the price we pay for corrupt congressmen and corrupt senators to buy the votes of their corrupt constituents.


2 posted on 04/16/2013 4:00:02 PM PDT by Jack Hammer (American)
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To: SeekAndFind

“Taxes are the price we pay for civilization.”

WRONG. Taxes are the price we pay for failing to civilize.


3 posted on 04/16/2013 4:28:03 PM PDT by Skepolitic
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