People are strange.
There seems to be a common consensus that somehow taxes are a Good Thing.
Personally, I recognise that some taxes are necessary. Someone has to pay for the services we all expect, such as street lighting or teachers’ salaries but apart from the essentials I strongly resent my taxes being spent on vanity projects or services for a minority group that should be capable of funding themselves. Out gubmint seems to be under the impression that income from taxation is a pit of free money for them to throw away without any regard for its source.
So where possible I evade tax. And if circumstances allow, I avoid tax. If there is a tax allowance, I will claim it and if I can pay for something “under the counter” I will do so. I consider it my moral duty.
What baffles me though is the number of people who will actively call for greater taxation to further some pet cause and to “nudge” people into the path of righteousness. Someone perceives that there is a problem somewhere and their first suggestion is invariably taxation. This seems to be a fairly new phenomenon and my theory is that it traces back to tobacco taxes.
A case in point is a suggestion that the gubmint should lower alcohol taxes to prevent cross border trade with Norn Iron. When asked if this is a good idea however, around a third of the population think this is a bad idea. These people think it is right that alcohol tax should remain at exorbitant levels and assuming that a fair proportion of these people partake in a drop of libation then I can only assume that they are willing to freely give their money to the gubmint to piss against the wall.
I have a limited bank account in so far as there is only so much arriving in it. If I try to spend more than the current balance I get into severe trouble. If there are insufficient funds then I can’t spend. If I were a gubmint however, I just slap an extra tax on something and watch the funds increase and carry on with my profligate spending.
I wish I were a gubmint!