Comment: I thought I explained it pretty well. A TAX supposedly buys us

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I thought I explained it pretty well. A TAX supposedly buys us

...the services of our government because that is how the government gets the revenues needed to function (it never produces anything at a profit).

A FINE or PENALTY is only a punishment for something you did (or didn't do) for which you have received NOTHING in return.

"We have allowed our nation to be over-taxed, over-regulated, and overrun by bureaucrats. The founders would be ashamed of us for what we are putting up with."
-Ron Paul