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  •  it is easier to steal with a pen (3+ / 0-)
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    flowerfarmer, terabytes, NonnyO

    than a sword, ask any Wall Street investment banker what he manages to steal in a year compared to a smash and grab street criminal.

    •  So you agree taxation is theft? (0+ / 0-)

      In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice; but in practice, there always is a difference. - Yogi Berra

      by blue aardvark on Fri Sep 23, 2011 at 08:01:50 AM PDT

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      •  no (2+ / 0-)
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        ahumbleopinion, flowerfarmer

        I don't, I was speaking about stealing money by private individuals in both cases.

        Not a word about taxes.  You called Madison a strong armed robber, I reponded with some snark about strong armed robbers versus those who steal with a pen.

        The text  in question actually written by Madison was the duty to promote the general welfare.  

        The power to tax supports that, but if one taxes for the general welfare,  money spent to serve all not the richest few, it is  clearly not theft.   That the Republicans and some Democrats have so perverted the use of tax monies that it does end up being a means of sucking money from the poor and middle class to the rich could be considered theft, but I put it in terms of class warfare more than individual crime.

        Given what I know of your posting history, I doubt you believe taxation is theft, but you allowed yourself to call Madison a strong arm robber.   If you believe it is theft, then there is indeed a great chasm between our beliefs.

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