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Originally posted by argentus
I live in the Cayman Islands. We have no instrument that we call taxes, but what we do have is duties on imported goods. It's a pay-as-you-go tax. It's geared toward consumerism. You don't want to pay any tax? Fine. Don't import anything -- grow your own produce and eat a lot of fish, lobster, conch, crab and whelk.
Our fuel costs are high as compared with the U.S., but then again, we don't soil our drawers as April 15th approaches. One thing I really appreciate -- no property, sales, estate, income, SS tax. You earn a buck, it's yours. All of it.
We used to have socialized medicine. Not any longer, however medical costs are very low compared with other places. I can fill a prescription and pay less than $4.00.
I think that if the U.S. moved toward this kind of system, the people would be a lot better off. Imagine HMOs for everyone that couldn't afford a better choice, financed by a duty on consumer products.
Does this ring as control by consumerism to you all? It doesn't feel so to us. We're very grateful for it, even though none of us can verify what our monies are spent on.