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Almost every penny left in the grubby hands of federal officials is squandered, wasted, misused or misallocated. Every penny kept from the federal behemoth is private property conserved and saved.

One of Donald Trump’s virtues is that he appears smart enough to instinctively know what I just said. It benefits business and everyone else if as much private property remains in private hands, so that it’s put to the best use possible.

I’m talking Trump taxes.

It’s alleged that over two decades, Trump had the good sense to pay almost no taxes by declaring close on a billion dollars in losses, before 1995. This, at least, is my understanding of this particular trumped-up case against the candidate.

At the risk of offending the crass utilitarians who make up the cattle that is the commentariat, I’ll talk natural rights.

It has become anathema to float the outrageous idea that a man owns the proceeds from his labor, completely, and that whatever government takes from him or her amounts to private property stolen.

It’s considered an equal outrage to so much as suggest that your prime real estate is your body. And that what you do to sustain your corporeal self—the money you make—is an extension of your body and 100 percent yours.

Certainly from the fact that the state skims 30 percent or 45 percent, or some random sum, from your pay—it does not follow that this law is preordained by a higher power.

Neither does it follow that, by virtue of being decided by 535-odd clowns in the Lower and Upper Houses, property confiscated by force—taxation—is sanctioned by the same higher power.

You may also wish to consider that the US government no longer pays for its obligations, but continues to borrow against the future earnings of its people. What is not borrowed by government or counterfeited by the Federal Reserve is confiscated from individual Americans via taxation.

So preventing a thief and counterfeiter from seizing funds that’ll be further misused and misspent is a laudable thing. Moreover, what the state takes from you is fungible—in other words, the government can put your money to use as it sees fit, not as you see fit. It can meddle all over the world, sponsor the importation of refugees who may kill Americans and consume resources you’d rather see spent on America’s own displaced and destitute.

While I’m making mischief, in the context of self-ownership, consider the following:

Liberals insist a woman owns her body. That’s what undergirds their insistence that she may eliminate fetal tissue from within her body.

So be it.

But if ownership of their bodies is the ethical basis upon which women can choose to abort their babies; why can’t a man or a woman, for that matter—both of whom presumably own their bodies—keep private property accrued through the use of that same body’s labor and smarts?

I mean, is your body—your mind, soul and corporeal self—yours only when it suits liberals? Is your body your own only for the purpose of killing what’s in it, but never for the purpose of keeping what it creates?

Trump is accused of not parting with enough of his private property, taxes, which he was supposed to hand over to a shakedown agency; to what is essentially an engorged, voracious organ called government.

But put it this way: Whatever Trump did with his funds is better than what the government would have done with them.

Private property in the hands of its rightful owner is always better utilized than in the possession of centrally-managed, politically-driven systems. The perennial misallocation of funds in such centrally-managed systems is inescapable, because there is no private property in a government system.

“Oh, we’ll reform government,” conservative and liberal politicians keep promising. They lie. If they claim to be able to run the state apparatus as they would their own privately owned businesses, they lie.

Why? In a government system the concept of scarcity doesn’t exist. Why do scarcity and conservation not exist in government-run departments and systems? Not because the people are necessarily bad, but because the incentives motivating them are inverted and perverse.

Again: The imperatives associated with private property are not in operation in government.

Government misuses your taxes, or Trump’s taxes, because once in the government’s coffers, that money belongs to nobody. It’s held collectively, not privately. Government will forever end up misusing, misallocating, squandering or wasting resources, because this is money held communally, not privately.

Money that is not yours, and comes easily, by simply pointing a gun at someone and saying, “Your Money or Your Life,” a la the IRS; money you’ve not worked to earn—this money will never be put toward its most productive use, but will generally go towards shaping production and society in politically pleasing ways.

You can’t reform government no matter how hard you try. You can only minimize it, or cut it so that it “can be drowned in the bathtub,” to paraphrase Grover Norquist.

The accepted piety is that it’s patriotic to pay taxes. Quite the opposite. Be glad that Donald Trump withheld taxes, because that’s money not spent killing people (ours and others) in faraway lands, overpaying them here at home, affirmatively hiring dead wood, and generally growing the oink sector.

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  1. Well, not to worry. It seems like the simple-minded American public is much more concerned about his comments on women than taxes. Which may be for the better, to be honest.

    Locker room talk is normal and harmless. Advocating for a borderless world is a crime against humanity. Trump’s taxes and sexism will fade, Hillary’s globalism will gradually alienate her to all but a handful of scum.

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  2. Locker room talk is normal and harmless. Advocating for a borderless world is a crime against humanity. Trump’s taxes and sexism will fade, Hillary’s globalism will gradually alienate her to all but a handful of scum.

    Locker room talk is always boorish and juvenile. Advocating for a borderless world is not a crime against humanity. Trumps taxes interest almost no one, but his pussy talk lost him 2% of formerly undecided voters, because a LOT of Americans have religion-based moral values. Hillary’s globalism is not alienating her supporters, and never will.

  3. Ilana – for today’s dose of virtue-signaling female neocon insanity, please check out S.E. Cupp’s Twitter feed immediately. She started a hashtag, #justamom, along with posts gory, poorly vetted pictures of children supposedly injured in the Syrian conflict and asks “can we all be #justamom to this kid?” and constantly retweets people who call her ‘an angel’ and thank her profusely for ‘standing up for the Syrian children’! She’s also seriously claiming she’d like to adopt a bunch of little Mohammeds because ‘we’re all moms to Syria’s children’. She’s also (not making this up) advising her misguided, pathologically altruistic followers to give cash to the criminals running UNICEF! So pathetically funny…

  4. Right. So we should start by getting rid of the Ziocons and we will immediately save billions for wars. Get rid of the Zionist entity for whom we spend half of this money at war. Etc

  5. There is a robust conservative case for low taxation and small government -what the late and great libertarian Prof Robert Nozick called the Minimum State. But small government is not zero government with no taxation. If zero government is the Utopian ideal then Somalia (which really has zero government) will be a paradise on earth. Trump’s view of taxation is very Reaganite. He supports low taxation, a very different position from zero taxation. Incidentally Trump’s position on taxation is one of the very few sensible position he holds. Moreover, Trump has never claimed that he is a libertarian. He is the nationalist candidate first and foremost, perhaps the first one in modern American history. Granted there is a Trump version 2.0 which is Trump the cosmopolitan socially liberal New Yorker. Once Trump the reality TV star realized his campaign had rocketed, he appealed directly to the poor whites and tried to magnify their sense of grievance and version 2.0 regressed into the deeper reaches of the psyche. Incidentally, nationalism and libertarianism are as far apart from each other as the Israeli Likud Party is from the Iranian Ayatollahs.

    The only places in America where you see people preaching and putting into practice the concept of zero taxation are bizarre far right communes in isolated rural places where some of the womenfolk dress up as Eva Braun and some of the men wear brown shirts and sing the Horst Wessel Song. Moreover, it is a bit rich for someone to preach the gospel of zero taxation when they are in no position to pay taxes because they earn peanuts.

    Ref: Robert Nozick- ‘Anarchy, State and Utopia’ a Right Libertarian masterpiece. Read it! But perhaps on second thought the book is too difficult for the run of the mill Alt Right dullard, so don’t!

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  6. So did Nozick sue his landlord Erich Segal over rent control violations just to mock him? That was rather illibertarian of him.

    Incidentally, nationalism and libertarianism are as far apart from each other as the Israeli Likud Party is from the Iranian Ayatollahs.

    Not if liberty itself is one of the defining traits of your nation. Then they dovetail.

  7. I thought Cruz had a better tax plan with a VAT. This would make it easier to lower the corporate tax and get enough revenue, some Republicans like Sam Brownback who is also advised by Steve Moore have high debts, that school spending is getting cut and Brownback and more conservative Republicans are having a hard time now in Kansas.

  8. Well, I disagree. Probably money is misused by state official, yes. But it is a problem of a corrupt state and not of the system of taxes itself. In the past taxes were collected by monarchs and aristocrats just for their own good, but in modern societies taxes are supposed to bring common good to the whole society and not only to a few lucky enough who could have managed to earn their millions and billions. Otherwise, we would have a society where the top 1% or 10%, untaxed and without any formal obligation to the rest, would enjoy their wealth, while the remaining 90-99% would live in a constant deprivation because they would not have enough money for societal structures like roads, schools, hospitals, pensions, etc. Look at many Latin American countries. Probably their decaying state is a result of their corrupt governments, and probably the abolition of taxes makes more sense there than in the USA, but freeing the top 10% from taxes will not bring any good to them, either. But look at Scandinavia, where both the governments are honest and the taxes are high, and they’ve created one of the most fair societies in the history.

    To abolish the taxes altogether because of the corrupt government is not a solution. The solution is to abolish the corrupt government, and then the taxes will suddenly do the good for the society they are supposed to do.

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  9. Democrats can do anything and everything for which Republicans are lynched in the media, and they, the Democrats, will always be forgiven.
    They, Democrats, can wage wars, drop atom bombs, fire-bomb refuge cities ( Dresden) block school integration ( George Wallace) rape women , acrue huge amounts of monies, WB, BG, MZ,
    swim away from drowning females, park their yachts in neighboring states so as to avoid taxes, insult handicapped folks : I bowl like in the special olympics. They can, with their insane politicies, destroy prospering cities : Detroit, initiate hate groups : KKK, and the list is almost endless.
    Authenticjazzman, “Mensa” Society member of forty-plus years.

  10. ” But look at Scandinavia, where where both the governments are honest and the taxes are high”.
    If you knew what you are talking about you would also know that the Skandinavians have had it with the unbearable taxes, working three quarters of a year, just to pay their tax bill, and the refugee situation has added insult to injury.
    They are in the process of voting out the leftist grifters one by one.
    Authenticjazzman, “Mensa” Society member of forty-plus years.

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  11. Someone was talking about the US government being based on liberty, well it is in the sense of being based on freedom from other governments. Nation states are there for many reasons, but security is the crucial one, and that requires raising taxes to use making sure no other society gets any funny ideas, including slow motion invasion/occupation of the US.

    One of Trump’s most brilliant ideas is his proposed shakedown of the big corporate tax avoiders (offer of a one-time special low rate if they bring the money back to the US, or bone breaking enforcement if they decline). Trump will be ruined if he loses, and likely have to check into a mental hospital to escape the prison that Hillary’s agencies will send him to. He needs to start spending his money fast on an organisation to get his votes out. If he doesn’t, his fortune will be taken from him anyway.

  12. As Walter Block says, it is a mitzvah to deprive the state of as much money as you can.

  13. You deliberately distort things. You say like they have to pay some set amount of money (your “tax bill”), so they must work their guts out to pay. No, nobody has to pay what one has not earned. I have just compared.

    An employee in Göteborg with a monthly salary 30,000 kr ($3,300) pays 7,200 kr (24%) of taxes.

    In the USA an employee in LA with a salary $3,300/mo or $40,000/yr pays $8,100 (20%) of taxes per year at least. Plus he must pay for a health insurance. Plus he must pay for many things a Swede never even think to pay.

    But in Sweden you get what you pay for. A fair and happy society where everybody can find one’s place. Where societal infrastructures are well maintained and cities are comfortable to live. And universal health care and free higher education, two “luxuries” which the richest country in the world (the USA) cannot afford.

    Have you ever thought why is that, why are refugees going there? Because Scandinavia is one of the best places to live, even on the bottom of the society (where most refugees end up).

    Whatever the case, Scandinavian socialism is not going to cease. Otherwise it will cause an unrest. Everybody in Scandinavia now is left-wing on social issues. The only difference is migration, when if you’re against it then you’re “right”. But no right-wing party in Sweden would call for an abolition of the welfare state for Swedes themselves.

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