"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
"In a general sense, all contributions imposed by the government upon individuals for the service of the state, are called taxes, by whatever name they may be known, whether by the name of tribute, tythe, tallage, impost, duty, gabel, custom, subsidy, aid, supply, excise, or other name."
-- Joseph Story, Commentaries on the Constitution, 1833
"Excessive taxation ... will carry reason and reflection to every man's door, and particularly in the hour of election."
-- Thomas Jefferson
"Any system that penalizes success and accomplishment is wrong. Any system that discourages work, discourages productivity, discourages economic progress, is wrong. If, on the other hand, you reduce tax rates and allow people to spend or save more of what they earn, they'll be more industrious; they'll have more incentive to work hard, and money they earn will add fuel to the great economic machine that energizes our national progress."
-- Ronald Reagan
"It is a singular advantage of taxes on articles of consumption that they contain in their own nature a security against excess. They prescribe their own limit, which cannot be exceeded without defeating the end purposed -- that is, an extension of the revenue."
--Alexander Hamilton, Federalist No. 21
"Our new Constitution is now established, and has an appearance that promises permanency; but in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes."
-- Benjamin Franklin, letter to Jean-Baptiste Leroy, 1789