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    Can A Nation Tax Itself Into Prosperity?

    Consider the following quote from Winston Churchill:
    "We contend that for a nation to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle."

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    Re: Can A Nation Tax Itself Into Prosperity?

    Wise man, that Winston Churchill - too bad they don't make Churchillian politicians these days.
    A Canadian conservative is one who believes in limited government and that the government should stay out of our wallets and out of our bedrooms.

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    Re: Can A Nation Tax Itself Into Prosperity?

    No, of course not. But the idea that an incompetent buffoon like Winston Churchill is a valid argument against Keynesian economics is hilarious.

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    Re: Can A Nation Tax Itself Into Prosperity?

    Isn't that what Greece tried to do?
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    Re: Can A Nation Tax Itself Into Prosperity?

    No, but that's not to say that the product of said taxation cannot help a society develop and thrive.

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    Re: Can A Nation Tax Itself Into Prosperity?

    Quote Originally Posted by CanadaJohn View Post
    Wise man, that Winston Churchill - too bad they don't make Churchillian politicians these days.
    So the tax money President used to build the Federal interstate highway system didn't make the U.S. much more properous? The tax money spent on the space programs didn't make the U.S. more prosperous?


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    Re: Can A Nation Tax Itself Into Prosperity?

    Quote Originally Posted by pbrauer View Post
    So the tax money President used to build the Federal interstate highway system didn't make the U.S. much more properous? The tax money spent on the space programs didn't make the U.S. more prosperous?
    Seriously? That's your angle here? There isn't a conservative around, including Churchill, who's against taxation used to build and maintain infrastructure and on research and development. That's not, however, what liberals have in mind when they talk of raising taxes. With liberals, it's all wealth redistribution and making life easier for the poor and lazy.
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    Re: Can A Nation Tax Itself Into Prosperity?

    Quote Originally Posted by pbrauer View Post
    So the tax money President used to build the Federal interstate highway system didn't make the U.S. much more properous? The tax money spent on the space programs didn't make the U.S. more prosperous?
    I think the government can do things to help the nation prosper, but you also have to keep in mind that what the government spent on those things had to first be collected in taxes. So in a way, prosperity comes first. After all, I don't think anyone believes that you can take a Third World nation and make it prosperous through taxation.

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    Re: Can A Nation Tax Itself Into Prosperity?

    Obviously not.

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    Re: Can A Nation Tax Itself Into Prosperity?

    Quote Originally Posted by CanadaJohn View Post
    Seriously? That's your angle here? There isn't a conservative around, including Churchill, who's against taxation used to build and maintain infrastructure and on research and development. That's not, however, what liberals have in mind when they talk of raising taxes. With liberals, it's all wealth redistribution and making life easier for the poor and lazy.
    That's not true at all. It might suprise you that one of our most liberal Senators Bernie Sanders wants to spend money to update our infrastructure, the problem though is that it would create jobs and the GOP is dead set against it. It took JFK to get the space program going, which if you think about it, the result have been millions of jobs.


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