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Comment: The question is who should feel the pain.

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The question is who should feel the pain.

If taxation is theft, as you define it, then what do you call deficits? Or inflation when money is printed to make up the difference? Are those not theft as well, just affecting different groups of people? So does it make moral sense for our kids and grandkids to face the consequence of big government or for our generation to do it here and now? The Constitution allows the federal government to raise the necessary revenue to meet expenditures. If we insist that there can be no tax hikes while others insist there can be no spending cuts, there will continue to be larger and larger deficits. I would rather suffer for a few years than cause my children to suffer because I wanted to keep the same tax rate. There will be no real spending cuts until people are forced to see what government actually costs. Deficits allow big governments to continue with relatively lower taxes as the real cost of the beast is hidden from the public.

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