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Someone Give Me A Cogent Reason For The Death Tax

Updated on December 16, 2010

I Need Someone To Give Me A Cogent Reason For The Death Tax

The conspicuous signs in Europe (England, France) show that the mentality of eating from the perpetual trough of entitlement is coming to an end. It is not that Americans are no longer generous, but like in Europe – whose cradle to grave largess was the norm – our cousins across the pond see the writings on the walls and so do we. California is an economic disaster and there are other states on the verge of fiscally collapsing and no tax increases will get them out of their fiscal mess. The last credit card, which will allow access to the Chinese cornucopia for the Democrats to supposedly cure our ills is to maintain the so called ‘death tax’ – this is where anyone with means who died… and bequeathing to their heirs $5 million or more must forfeit to the government close to half of said $5 million; for a couple who meet their maker, the threshold is $10 million. I have never heard of a cogent reason why this ‘death tax’ is morally right, yet, it is part of our cumbersome tax codes.

It must be noted that this money bequeathed to the heirs as part of the ‘death tax’ was already taxed when it was acquired, and therefore, the half paid on the death of the benefactor (s) means that it will be taxed again - and where is it wrong to pass on to your love ones the fruits of your labor? Close to a decade ago, one intrepid reporter showed the hypocrisy of the Massachusetts Kennedys - who are champions for high taxes to cure all our social woes – whose hundred of millions were kept offshore… so as to prevent our taxes from reaching their nest egg. I am supposing that the reason behind the ‘death tax’ has to do with some perverted idea of Social Justice of taking from the so called rich and give to the poor; there are even religious leaders who are positing that this ‘taking’ is sanctioned by the Bible.

I dare say that there is no evidence in the Bible where it was or is moral to take from the rich and give to the poor – and I further dare anyone who is positing this perversion to show me any scintilla of evidence where Jesus assented or moreover took from the rich and gave to the poor. Any such giving to the less fortunate was recommended by the Christ to be voluntary – not by fiat. Any benefactor who labored should have the right to pass on such fruits to his or her heirs; and said benefactors also have the option, if the heirs have reached the age of majority, of leaving their largess to the state. I sincerely hope that the riots, borne out of an addiction to entitlements, currently plaguing Europe, do not make it here….


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    • Verily Prime profile imageAUTHOR

      Verily Prime 

      7 years ago from New York

      Thanks for the comments...I hope even when members of this site disagree, we can also do so without the vitriol.

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      7 years ago

      What American Romance said.

      We can pretty much count on having riots here, but not necessarily on the rioters having such success at throwing things into disarray. Heck, pass one little old SB 1070 law here in Arizona, and the open borders types are Up in Placards wherever TV cameras can be seen. What're they gonna do when we kick the rest of the Democrats out of the Senate, plant Sarah Palin in the White House, and start really SECURING the border?

      Not to mention cutting all those "the government will pay you so you don't have to work" entitlements.

      But America is NOT Europe, thank goodness and pass the ammunition. For one thing, the numbers that manipulative types can incite to riots have limits. For another, sheer geography helps: They may riot in Los Angeles, but Montana will keep right on working (for example).

      It may get ugly, but it won't get as suicidally destructive as it does across the pond.

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      American Romance 

      7 years ago from America

      Excellent hub and right on! You think like a true American! too bad our politicians have some sort of brain disorder!


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