I’ve often thought that if time is money, then money is time, and so taxation is a more fundamental type of crime then mere theft. Taxation actually takes away the best of a persons life, so slavery or murder is more like it. Obviously, that is an extreme view (or at least it sounds like an extreme view, which is bad enough). The Tax Payers Alliance has done a bit better in the preamble to it’s latest newsletter:
The truth is that despite all the talk of cuts, politicians and bureaucrats still waste our money every single day. And on a monumental scale, too. As we exposed last week in our new Bumper Book of Government Waste, £120 billion worth of our cash was squandered in just one year. That’s £4,500 for every household in the country.
Think about it like this. The average household will pay £656,000 in taxes over a whole lifetime. The Department of Energy and Climate Change spent more than £700,000 on business class and premium economy flights in just over two years. That’s how quickly politicians and bureaucrats can wipe out a family’s entire lifetime of hard work.