Friday, March 12, 2010

Is This Cause For Taking Up Arms?

Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., famously commented that "Taxes are the price we pay for civilization."

Without questioning the wisdom of that statement, or lack thereof, Holmes was never confronted with the specter of states delaying tax refunds (i.e., overpayments of taxes owed) because they don't have enough money.

Let's make sure we get this right: when refunds are due, they are of overpayments, monies wrongfully exacted from taxpayers, usually through inflated payroll deductions. And, of course, I am aware of no taxing authority which goes through the courtesy of paying interest on overcharges (though woe be unto to you if you substantially underpay your taxes; the Federal government can impose substantial penalties for doing so).

So the states listed in the article are keeping money wrongfully exacted, without compensation.

One has to wonder what the appropriate response of The People should be to such an outrage. Should taxpayers reduce deductions from their wages to engage in self-help?

In this day of assaults on our Liberty in the cause of statism, one has to wonder whether the Founders didn't have the right answer.

The question "When do reasonable men take up arms?" is one that should always be contemplated by a free People. Or a People that wants to remain free.

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