Maybe you heard about those TEA Parties last month (Taxed Enough Already) and maybe you have an opinion on them. You may have thought the people protesting were stupid and selfish. Maybe you thought that the media coverage of them was one-sided and unfair. Or perhaps it was that relating today's situation in the U.S. to the original Boston Tea Party is a tad ridiculous. After all, wasn't the idea supposed to be no taxation without representation?
I'm of the opinion that anyone involved with the Boston Tea Party or any of the liberty loving founders of what became the United States of American would've been slitting throats a long time ago.
The problem isn't taxation without representation. It's taxation. Taxation is not a means to pay for services provided by government. It's a means to isolate the taxpayer and prevent him or her from having any say over how those taxes are spent. How much say does any individual have over any government budget? And how are they supposed to have any voice? By voting for some "representative" every two years? And that's the top level. That taxpayer has zero say in how that money is spent at the agency level. No voice in the allocation of funds for schools, police, or defense. And if he or she opts for a private education or private security or doesn't want to pay for troops in Japan, Europe or the Middle East? Too bad. He or she is still paying for it.