Taxation Without Representation Is Now Our Way of Life

Independent Sentinel

We fought a Revolution over taxation without representation but our Founding Fathers would be stunned if they saw us today. We no longer have control over our system of taxation. Without any accountability, politicians add on taxes under the guise of fees or modifications to existing law, and they use it all to buy votes.

Uncle Sam is America’s biggest bill and states make it worse, cheatsheet wrote.

The nation as a whole doesn’t earn enough money to pay its total tax bill for the year until mid-April.

The highest state tax rates will not come as a surprise but the amount they rip off from residents might.

In New York, the rate is 12.6%, New Jersey is 12.3%, Connecticut – 11.9%, California -11.4% and Wisconsin – 11%.

New York, a big welfare state, is the worst. The difference from the national average is 39%, and the cost of living is a whopping 51 out of the 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Governor Andrew Cuomo won’t allow fracking in New York but he never met a welfare program he doesn’t love.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo makes a point during a meeting on tax cut proposals in the Red Room at the Capitol on Monday, Jan. 6, 2014, in Albany, N.Y. Cuomo has proposed cutting the state’s corporate income tax from 7.1 percent to 6.5 percent and eliminating it altogether for upstate manufacturers. He also has proposed paying more state aid as an incentive to any of New York’s 10,500 local governments that impose hard 2 percent spending caps and cut their costs by consolidating services with other towns, villages, cities and counties. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

You can read an analysis on the highest and lowest states on cheatsheet.

This won’t help at least three of the Republican candidates for president.

The lowest tax states are Wyoming – 6.9%, Alaska – 7%, South Dakota – 7.1%, Texas – 7.5%, and Louisiana – 7.6%.

These states make a lot of money from natural resources. Alaska, Nevada, and Texas don’t tax wages; Nevada doesn’t have a corporate tax, they make money off tourists; Maine and Vermont makes money off vacation homes. It can be done with some creativity and common sense.

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Tyranny Just Keeps Coming

Independent Sentinel

Taxation without representation is tyranny and Americans no longer seem to care.

Our forebears fought for freedom from England because of the excessive taxation by King George III who saw the colonists as easy pickings to pay off his war debt. How ironic that we now allow unelected bureaucrats to rewrite laws to increase taxes because we are having fun or driving to work.

We allow taxes on “amusement” as if it were an unsustainable sin and we are going to soon be tracked and taxed by the mile in our cars with no regard for our privacy rights.

Unelected bureaucrats in Chicago’s finance department ruled last month, amending that their established amusement tax will include “electronically delivered amusements.” That includes streaming music, movies and television. It also includes online gaming.

City residents will pay an extra 9% tax to use services such as Netflix and Spotify.

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