Just looking at the US tax rates… you’d be shocked at how high taxes are in the “home of the free”.
You hear politicians say that we don’t tax enough or that people are getting away with not paying taxes, but that’s because we have exorbitant tax rates for all and the federal government grants giant tax breaks to their “friends” (also known as campaign donors).
Let’s say you lived in California (That’s me!) and worked for a corporation and you made over one million dollars, by the time a dollar of income went through a corporation, to the employee and was used to buy a good, that $1 would now be worth $0.329423. That means that over $0.67 is taken out of each dollar as a tax.
That’s ridiculous. Over 66% of all income generated by private industry ends up in the pockets of the government (at different levels).
I don’t know why I still live here or why anyone would conduct business here. The only thing I can think of is how great the natural landscape is and that I was born here so I have human bonds that are hard to break. Other than that, I should be packing up and moving.
My favorite nonsensical government idea is carbon taxes. First the vilify industry, then they outlaw it and then they tax it and the last step is to allow companies to pollute by paying for and even buying additional tax credits. In the end, you haven’t ended pollution, you’ve simply profited from it. But that’s what government does best, profit from the misfortune of the people.
One can extrapolate and argue that if any law without consent is not slavery, then any band of authoritarians need only to declare themselves a government and all their coercion is legalized.