Our new Constitution is now established, and has an appearance that promises permanency; but in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.
—Benjamin Franklin, in a letter to Jean-Baptiste Leroy, 1789
I remember my dad talking about working for ten cents an hour. The least I ever worked for was 75 cents a hour. I used to wonder how anyone lived on ten cents an hour? As I get older I understand the cost of living. When dad and mom were first married, eggs were a penny a piece if you had to buy them. A new car was $500.
When we got married eggs were 35 cents a dozen and bread was 15 cents a loaf. A new Chevy was about $1900. in 1956 we earned about $1100 and paid about $56 federal taxes and $20 NC state tax.
Funny, I never thought how long taxes have been around, but remember in the time of Christ, Mary and Joseph paid taxes. Then we had this little problem of taxes to the King of England in the colonies, and we fussed about taxation without representation.
Sherry and I are residents of Florida. We spend about six months a year there most years. We own property in North Carolina. The last house we bought we paid $55,000 for it. Our county just appraised it for over $100K, I complained and they must have laughed and said your argument does not hold water, you will pay tax on $100K+.
I must smile, I think, the tax on this house alone is over half of our income when we got married. That is just property tax.
I smiled(?) also as a young man when the county sent me a form to fill out. I had to list the # of cows, horses we had. vehicles and how much the furniture was worth. Cars and trailers and tractors, etc. They covered everything including clothes. As a 18year old husband, I learned about taxes. We did not own a tractor, cow nor horse. Total furniture was probably worth $10. (LOL) We did own a wrecked 1950 Chevrolet.
My son Mark once told me, “I’m not paying any taxes, none of the boys on the hill pay taxes.”
I tried to explain to him the ‘boys on the hill’ (bums and druggies) did not own anything, but you own a TR6, if you do not pay taxes on it, they WILL COME AND GET IT.
It is no joke, Benjamin Franklin was right about death and taxes!
PS: IMO very few Americans would mind paying their fair share if the money was spent in a reasonable fashion.
Does your county and state require taxes?
1956, the year we got married NEW CARS
We could not afford any of these cars.