"The full burden of taxation in America today is largely hidden.
The continuous devaluation of the dollar is a hidden tax, one that comes straight out of the hides of the American people.
Every tax or regulation laid on business is a hidden tax that must be passed along to the citizenry every time they purchase goods or services. It's built into the price of everything you buy, especially anything that is still produced in this country.
And most of the taxes that are overt are masked by the fact that they are mostly taken from the taxpayer at the well head. If you never have the money in your hand or your bank account, you don't miss it nearly as much.
The politicians in both "major" parties could not sustain this level of taxation and spending without this quite intentional governmental deception."
-- Tom Hoefling, December 10, 2012
"The difference between death and taxes is death doesn't get worse every time Congress meets."
-- Will Rogers
"We contend that for a nation to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle."
-- Winston Churchill
"There is no part of the administration of government that requires extensive information and a thorough knowledge of the principles of political economy, so much as the business of taxation. The man who understands those principles best will be least likely to resort to oppressive expedients, or sacrifice any particular class of citizens to the procurement of revenue. It might be demonstrated that the most productive system of finance will always be the least burdensome."
-- Alexander Hamilton, Federalist No. 35
"A just security to property is not afforded by that government, under which unequal taxes oppress one species of property and reward another species."
-- James Madison, Essay on Property, 1792
"Excessive taxation ... will carry reason and reflection to every man's door, and particularly in the hour of election."
-- Thomas Jefferson