It is to redistribute wealth to share amongst citizens, so that none gets left behind, and everyone gets a chance and opportunity in life. Adam Smith knew that not everyone will have draw the same salary under a pure form of Capitalism, because some will be paid less, and some paid more. Thus, taxes are drawn from those who have more to help those with less and help fund future generations, such as building of roads, school, hospital, rails, education, healthcare, security, etc, etc.
Taxation with representation is NOT slavery. In US, everyone has the right to vote and excercise that right freely to do so or not to do so. It is one's free choice. It is only when one is taxed and yet not allowed to voice out concerns will then be one a slave.
Some claimed that they had paid taxes to the dollar every year, and when they leave the nation for another, they are free to do so. Technically, it is right. But is it morally right?
One can claim that he paid taxes, or his parents paid taxes, but then could he or his parents alone PAY for all roads, schools, hospitals, healthcare, education, security, etc?
What he or his parents did pay is only a minute portion, out of the millions other within a civilised society that pooled their resources to build and evolve a nation.Without the past and the present generations paying their share, would there have been a USA?
And what more the blood and sacrifices of founding fathers, from the brilliant generals to the brave foot soldiers, in 1776 to create a new civilisation to free us all including this generations and more from the shackles of political and religious tyranny?. Can that debt ever be repaid?
Can we, when we benefitted from their sacrifices, made it well in life, stick a finger at that same society that nurtured us and flee to another country, leaving fellow citizens to their plights when help is needed by all?
It was the society that one benefits from. Of course, a free human is free to go where he wants. But can a free human continue to take from society without giving back?
And worse, there are many more wealthy who makes tax evasion a hobby, taking from society freely, benefitting from it, but never paying back or flee when the taxmen comes a'calling or when SHTF - they are only privatising profits but socialising debts - turning the middle class and poor into slaves for them. Best the middle classes wakes up now before being robbed further by thieves in suits & their insidious bootlickers hiding amongst us all.
edit on 24-5-2012 by SeekerofTruth101 because: (no reason given)