July 10, 2013 | Volume 100 / Number 28

Don't Insult My Intelligence By Calling A Tax A Fee

Someone once said, “It’s not the earning of the money that concerns me. It’s the number of people trying to take it away from me.” Maybe it was me who said it. At any rate, how true it is.

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Not counting your normal everyday expenditures for survival like food, clothing and housing, I have counted up at least 20 fees and taxes we pay. Oh, for sure, some are luxury fees and taxes for toys like boats, murdercycles, ATV’s, jet skis, RVs, airplanes and surfboards, and not everyone is subjected to paying for them.

But if you own any of the above toys you are required by regulation to r...

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