Tax Myths

Today I got an email containing a list of about 25 different types of taxes (liquor, social security, property, etc...). At the end, it said the following_

Not one of these taxes existed 100 years ago, and our nation was the most prosperous in the world, had absolutely no national debt, had the largest middle class in the world, and Mom stayed home to raise the kids...

What the hell happened????

This set off my bullshit-meter big time. Ten minutes of google searches later, I replied_

In 1906_

The average lifespan was also 47 years, since biomedical research wasn't getting funded by the government. Would you prefer to give up 30 years of your life?

We didn't have the largest highway and road system in the world to maintain, because cars weren't being used. Would you prefer to go back to a horse and buggy?

Over 45% percent of people labored in the country's fields as subsistence farmers. That's hardly what we think of as 'middle-class'. In fact, in 1900, 99% of the nation's wealth was owned by just 1% of the people. How's that for economic inequity?

Women didn't stay home with the kids - most women either toiled on the farm, like the rest of the family, or worked in sweatshop-ike conditions in city factories. Even children worked 10-12 hour shifts in factories starting at a very early age. But boy, we sure saved a lot of tax money on education...

By this point, you won't be surprised to hear that the "no national debt" claim is false too. In 2006, the US national debt was over 2 billion dollars (a hell of a lot of money in those days)

All this took less than 10 minutes to find using google. Get your facts straight before getting all nostalgic for a time that never existed.

Responses like this are probably why I don't get many forwarded emails anymore. I find it hard to ignore crap like this, though.


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