Well, to listen to the congressional rhetoric about the pending 2001 tax cuts, – you would think that congress thinks that most of the money you make is their money!
Yep, that’s right, not only are you NOT entitled to the fruits of your own labor (until the government gets it’s cut); but, you are damn lucky if they let you keep any of it.
Before the government can confiscate your money – it must be made. But, how is money created?
Money is the result of merit – the best effort of honest men and women. (For in general, most are not rewarded for their worst efforts and in a free marketplace worst efforts are swept away by the choice of purchaser.)
Money is the mode whereby all persons of honorable intent exchange their “merits” with others voluntarily – for their own mutual benefit. Ayn Rand (in Atlas Shrugged) said, “Money is the tool of exchange, which can’t exist unless there are goods produced and men able to produce them. Money is the material shape of the principle that men who wish to deal with one another must deal by trade and give value for value.”
If you believe that you own yourself (and that the government does not own you) then you must also believe that you own the product of your own ideas and efforts. Anyone or any government seeking to seize by force or unjust fiat the results of your own efforts is stealing the product of your labor – enslaving your efforts for their own benefit. These people should be condemned for the thieves and looters that they reveal themselves to be and this theft should not be allowed to stand.