Blood and Taxes

An adult human has 10+ pints of blood. In general, bigger people have a bit more blood than smaller people, with the blood comprising upwards of 7-8% of one’s body by weight. It is quite common for us to lose a bit of blood without feeling any ill effects. Cuts, hemorrhoids, nurses with needles, etc all permit small losses of the body’s precious fluid without any of us feeling the worse for it. Of course, take enough blood at one time (such as drawing a pint for donation purposes) and the body realizes that things aren’t just right. Take 2 to 3 pints of blood and chances are very high you will pass out. Lose 4 or more and you are well on your way toward dying.

The bottom line is this: we humans depend on our blood for life itself. If we lose too much of it at one time, we lose life. We can, however, lose quite a bit of it over time without our body feeling more than a little weak for a day or two after each donation.

Money is the economic lifeblood of a citizen. The difference, of course, between blood and money is that the amount of money each person needs to sustain a lifestyle may vary widely, so there is not a simple equation which can be used to determine how much a person could lose before becoming financially weak or worse.

The truth is that irresponsible government spending, which can only result in overall tax increases, has the tendency of taking more of the economic lifeblood from a citizen than can be replaced in the normal course of business. In other words, overmuch taxation has the benefit (if one could call it such) of extracting donations from the taxpayer from which the taxpayer is unable to recover and remain financially healthy. One might say that such an approach is remarkably counter-productive since it takes those who are financially healthy and moves them into the ranks of the not-so-healthy, all in the guise of distributing wealth to the less fortunate.

Thankfully, some have recognized this approach for the foolishness it was in the case of the New Jersey millionaire tax and kept that poor proposal from becoming law.

Taxation is necessary, but a proper appreciate for what it means to tax a free people well explicated by the current governor of Indiana, Mitch Daniels:

“The essence of our nation is the protection of individual liberties,” he says in an interview with The Washington Times. “That means, for example, never take a dollar from a free citizen through the coercion of taxation without a very legitimate purpose.

“And then we have a solemn duty to spend that dollar as carefully as possible, because when we took it we diminished that person’s freedom. Otherwise, that citizen could spend that dollar on something he or she chose. This is an obligation of everybody who serves in government.”

I may disagree with you on the definition of “legitimate purpose” but if we all had this understanding of taxation, perhaps our blood would be a bit less likely to boil when we find out what our earnings are being used for.

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