A discussion of whether taxation without representation is tyranny

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A discussion of whether taxation without representation is tyranny

Jack Rabbit 45, posts I partly agree with Scalia on a tax revolt, but he won't like why Many on the right like to make the American Revolution out to be a tax revolt.

British taxes on the colonies weren't the only grievance the colonists had against Britain, but it was no small part of the colonies' irritation the King and parliament. Today's right goes on to complain about "taxes, taxes, taxes" as if taxation is in and of itself a form of tyranny.

The worst way to characterize the levying of taxes in general is that it is a necessary evil. Turn everything over to the free market and people won't benefit from public services if they live in unprofitable areas.

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No one should expect mail delivery, garbage collection or to be able to send his children to school if one lives in some remote backwater area. Don't expect police protection if you live in a neighborhood without the funds to support it, which sounds like the kind of neighborhood that has a high crime rate in the first place.

A discussion of whether taxation without representation is tyranny

A neighborhood like that is likely to get a cop on the beat like George Zimmerman. Of course, libertarians who think this is a bright vision of the American of tomorrow will answer the critique that such a vision is flawed with "well, nothing's perfect.

The proper question is whether taxpayers are getting enough bang for their buck, not whether taxes are an unnecessary government intrusion into our lives.

Let's not let the Koch brothers and their allies rewrite history. The colonists weren't complaining about British taxes per se. They said, "taxation without representation is tyranny. The colonists didn't seem to complain about it, but that's because there was no MP from Virginia or Pennsylvania to raise a stink in London and suggest to their fellow MPs that they get the money by taxing the the landed aristocracy.

Since eighteenth century transportation made it impractical for the colonists to send representatives to parliament, the colonists demanded independence and, having achieved that, set up their own governments with their own system of taxation and let voters choose their own representatives.

At first, voters were wealthy white males, but soon the franchise was extended to all white males, then to males who weren't necessarily white and in to women. America is a democracy, perhaps not always in the political sense but always in a cultural sense.

Democracy is what Martin Luther King marched for and willing went to jail many times. Democracy was in the blood of the labor movement, fighting for a decent wage and safe working conditions.

Those who claim America is not a democracy but a mere republic are just wrong, and we are not going to let them take it away from us. Today, the Koch brothers, through their organization, ALEC, have crafted model legislation and sent it to the states to deny poor people the right to voting by requiring they show ID before voting.

The ID required by this legislation is usually not a drivers' license but something more expensive and tailored to be biased to Republican voters. For example, in Texas it is valid to show one's firearms permit for voting, covering gun owners, which studies show to be a predominantly Republican voters; on the other hand, a college student body card is not valid for the same purpose.

College students are a predominantly Democratic demographic.

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In this way, the state of Texas is deliberately barring Democrats from the polling place in greater numbers than Republicans. During the past decade there have been proposals from the right to continue and expend tax cuts for the wealthy and pay for it with higher taxes on the poor and middle class.

If the poor, who are more likely to vote for Democats, are barred from the polls in greater number than others, and then have their taxes raised to benefit the rich, then how is this not taxation without representation?

It's bad enough to claim that the rich are "job creators" when after plus years of Reaganomics there is only one job being offered for every three unemployed Americans. The rich certainly haven't earned a tax cut from the government nor, for that matter, a pay raise or a bonus from the board of directors.

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But even if the economy were in better shape than it is, barring the poor from participation in the process of choosing elected representatives and raising their taxes to cover the shortfall from revenue lost by cutting the taxes of the wealthiest Americans is simply outrageous.

Taxation without representation is still tyranny. We, the people, should revolt against it, just as the colonists did years ago.Legality principle of taxation “no taxation without representation” was founded on the notion of “social contract” whereby people obey the sovereign only if its acts .

“No taxation without representation”, I believe, is a simple little ditty that generations of school teachers have been able to drill into the heads of inattentive school children.

*Trial by Jury also stood out during several of the State Conventions to ratify the U.S.

A discussion of whether taxation without representation is tyranny

Constitution in "taxation without representation is tyranny.” To this day he is still correct. By a crisis had arisen and a constitutional convention was called --the first attempt at a U.S.

Mar 03,  · So taxation without representation is OK as long as its in the Constituion - but NOT Ok if its part of British law - is that how it goes?

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Mar 3, #22 Offline. Jun 18,  · Taxation without Representation District of Columbia voting rights is a term encompassing the controversy regarding the lack of voting representation for citizens of the District of Columbia (i.e., the city of Washington, D.C.) Views: 40K.

UNIT 4 – Forming a New Nation Elaborated Unit Focus “no taxation without representation,” the activities of the Sons of Liberty, Daughters of why it was necessary, and how it was a response to tyranny and the abuse of power.

c. Describe the major events of the Revolution and explain the factors leading to American victory and.

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