Friday, April 18, 2008


A "tax" by any other name

Creeder Reader Kim tells sends us the following link, from the New York Times, in which Richard Conniff says the U.S. gov'ment don't need to use the word "tax" no more:

"I propose we stop saying 'taxes' and start calling them 'dues.' ...
'[T]tax' comes from the Latin for 'appraise' with punitive overtones of 'censure' or 'fault,' as if wage-earners have done something wrong by their labors. Dues,' in contrast, is rooted in social obligation and duty."

Don't know about you, but to me a tax by any other name is still a tax -- or legally sanctioned robbery.

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