This is one tax levied upon Americans that results in no representation for the taxed and it takes away the liberty of Americans to live securely in your home.
Now the Gunny HATES income taxation as it is in America today simply because it is unfair. One, illegal aliens profit and businesses who hire them profit by paying them, “under the table” so that many times taxes are not collected from them YET they suck down benefits they do nor rate or pay into. Two, “off the grid” workers like prostitutes, pimps, drug dealers, etc, DO NOT pay income tax. What are they gonna write in as occupation? Drug lord? Bank robber? Three, roughly 40% of Americans ARE NOT PAYING A DIME in income tax AND yet they get a refund (redistribution of OPM (other people’s money)) via EIC. Four, the rich, like the Kennedy’s, especially Ted, shelter/sheltered their cash and paid very low taxes for decade after decade. Five, liberals usually dodge these taxes, i.e., Solis, Rangle, Ghietner, Selbelius, etc., but the Gunny digresses.
Perhaps more evil that an unfair income tax is taxation of personal property in order to fund bullshit like schools, roads, etc. Now liberals will whine and moan and twist their hankies over this but roads are funded by a gas tax on a local, city, state, and federal level so the question is, why can’t parents who have children going to a public school be assessed a fee to cover their kids for the year like private schools/charter schools do? In fact, it leads to the question of, why do we NEED public schools one, when they turn out a shitty product, when they can be privatized and parents who have kids in school pay up? Why must those of us without children or children long out of school continue to pay government imposed rent on our homes? Indeed, we pay a property tax for the “children” yet we have NO CONTROL over the liberal pablum taught to kids in today’s government indoctrination sites (public schools), i.e., “Barack Hussein Obama MMM! MMM! MMM!” No taxation without representation started a revolution.
Now there will be liberals and other idiots (damn, sorry for another digression) who’ll wail and moan and say, “but other’s paid for your kids,” and they’d be right but if something was wrong and stupid in the first place, it is wrong and stupid to continue it. In fact, the Gunny believes that whomever thought of property taxes was a Democrat.
Property taxation, as seen from the government, is a two-prong attack on our wallets. One, it is a rent imposed by a government and that said shelter somehow generates an income to be taxed! Now if you are a landlord renting a property, that can be valid. However, in the second part, for a simple homeowner, when the government imposes a property tax, that makes the government our landlord in some sort of fuedal system, i.e., you live on our land, you pay a tax. Indeed, under this sort of thinking, WE are serfs holding a piece of land in fief and thus, owe or liege lord a cut of whatever wealth we’re generating from our home, i.e., crops, animals, etc., in return for protection by our lord.
Now assessing a property tax on a business makes sense but they are already paying the highest corporate tax in the civilized world (which is why US businesses are relocating overseas) and any tax levied on a business is merely passed to the consumer.
The true perversion of a property tax is that it becomes a shell game for the damn politicians, as is happening in Alaska right now. They say, “oh, we’ll exempt the first 50K of your property’s value,” yet they either jack up the assessed value of your home to cover the “loss” or they jack up the mil rate to cover the “loss” and like a car payment, many homeowners either don’t see the raise (automatic payment) or they see the raise and figure, oh well, I can still pay it. Moreover, it inflicts a hardship on those who have paid off their mortgage and should be PAYMENT FREE for their golden years yet get slapped with a tax bill that they MUST PAY or they lose their home.
Property taxation is wrong simply because you PAY a tax at the time of purchase and must CONTINUE to pay a tax on it until death do you part! If you bought a car and had to pay a tax on it from the time you bought it to the time you junked it, even AFTER it was paid off, is that not unjust? If you bought a wedding ring for your spouse and had to continue to pay a tax on that ring, again, until death do you part, is that not unjust? Like the Death Tax, imposed by Democrats on the survivors of the deceased, so that the government gets their cut on money that has been taxed and taxed and taxed again. Any wonder why the rise of the Taxed Enough Already Party?
The problem is that politicians spend MORE not less. Here is Alaska the eunuchs in Anchorage moan that there will be an X number of million dollar shortfall next year so taxes must go up, blah blah blah. Maybe if the government did not BUY, OPEN, and SUPPORT bullshit like the Red Nose Inn (a housing complex for drunks run by the City/State) they’d HAVE the money to effectively run the city. Maybe if the government was not in the business of spending mountains of cash to plant flowers and veggies in Anchorage (that the moose devour throughout the year), they’d have the damn cash to run the city effectively and cheaply. Unfortunately, we have scumbag Democruds like “Gunny” French (a wannabe Gunny who was really a Lance Corporal in the reserves) and Les Garra who think spending and tatxing and taxing and spending is a legitmate function of government. In other words, what is our’s is their’s and what is their’s is their’s.
So here is how the politicians solve this and THIS is already being discussed in Alaska (because the greenies have almost destroyed the oil, mining, and timbering industries that USED to pay for EVERYTHING but now are no longer in business (thank you Sierra Club out of Mexifornia)), ”fine we’ll lower the property taxes for the city but we’re going to have to implement a local income tax to cover the shortfall!” Thus you get 50 bucks off of your property tax and whacked with another tax bill of say, oh, 1000 bucks a year. It is just like the Fair Tax or a National Sales Tax that some of us want but are afraid of the politicians slapping THAT on us AND leaving the Federal Income Tax in place!
In closing, property tax is nothing but a rental fee and your title/deed to your house doesn’t mean a goddamn thing if you don’t pay the tax because the State will seize your property and sell it to someone else who CAN pay it and you’re out in the street! Indeed, you have to pay for a permit to get PERMISSION to change something AND then pay to have it inspected! Now the Gunny doesn’t criticize wthout offering a solution. End the property tax and then implement user fees like a gas tax, school fees, licensing costs, etc, so that WE, as Americans, can OWN our own small piece of the world without the fear of the government taking it from us for not paying a tax for the privilege of owning land.