Only works when the Federal government doesn't interfear in any form what so ever. When the government exists beyond protecting the nation from threats, and expanding trades...that's where the problems start. And that...is what we have now. And yes, it can be done without the taxes we run.
Ok, first off, people have always paid taxes. Serfs paid their lords, the lords paid their regent. People will always pay taxes. The only two certainties in life are death and taxes. Deal with it.
Second, what about Smith? He fully accepted government intervention, regulation and taxation.
1. "The subject of every State ought to contribute towards the support of the government, as nearly as possible, in proportion to their respective abilities; that is, in proportion to the revenue which they respectively enjoy under the protection of the State."
2. "The tax each individual is bound to pay ought to be certain, and not arbitrary. The time of payment, the manner of payment, and the quantity to be paid, ought all to be clear and plain to the contributor, and to ever other person."
3. "Every tax ought to be levied at the time, or in the manner in which it is most likely to be convenient for the contributor to pay it."
4. "Every tax ought to be so contrived as both to take out and to keep out of the pockets of the people as little as possible, over and above what it brings into the public treasury of the State."
The list of what income tax goes to provide is too long to list, but the education that's allowed you analyze and question the fairness of that tax has also been paid for by that tax. Perhaps you'd rather have spent your days as a child working in some factory for peanuts for 14-16 hours a day instead of getting an education and being protected by the government (also paid for by that tax)? Perhaps you feel that sort of "luxury" only belongs to the elite?
Anyone who argues against income tax is either clueless and/or an idiot. That is not to say how those taxes are applied or how people are taxed is the same thing at all, it's not. There is a whole ton of unfairness in those two things and it's long past due to fix them.
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