Cornerstones

Taxes

(Progressive Farmer image by John McKinney, 1954)

Taxes are paid in the sweat of every man who labors.
FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT

And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed.
LUKE 2:1 (KJV)


The hardest thing in the world to understand is the income tax.
ALBERT EINSTEIN


Taxes on consumption, like those on capital or income, to be just, must be uniform.
BENJAMIN FRANKLIN


Collecting more taxes than is absolutely necessary is legalized robbery.
CALVIN COOLIDGE

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Taxes are like and unlike the rain, they fall upon the just and the unjust; most hardly upon the just because they will not resort to devious ways to escape the imposition.
PAUL CARUS


Taxes on capital, taxes on labor, inflation, bureaucratic regulation, minimum wage laws, are all -- to different degrees -- unnecessary slices of the wedge that stand between an individual's effort and reward for that effort.
JACK KEMP


Taxes are not levied for the benefit of the taxed.
ROBERT A. HEINLEIN


Taxes grow without rain.
JEWISH PROVERB


Like mothers, taxes are often misunderstood, but seldom forgotten.
LORD BRAMWELL


Taxes are the lifeblood of government and no taxpayer should be permitted to escape the payment of his just share of the burden of contributing thereto.
ARTHUR VANDERBILT


Tax reform is taking the taxes off things that have been taxed in the past and putting taxes on things that haven't been taxed before.
ART BUCHWALD


Taxes are like a double chain which by keeping the peasants in the commune where they were born, fixes them still to the soil; though they are no longer, by law, attached to their master, they are always, by law, attached to each other.
JOSEPH WILBOIS

In theory, taxes should be like shopping. What I buy is government services. What I pay are my taxes.
P. J. O'ROURKE


The power of taxing people and their property is essential to the very existence of government.
JAMES MADISON

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