How libertarians are born

“How Republicans are born… Daughter, 8, has been savings [sic] up to buy her first Guitar. Found it for $35. She had 35 exact. Then…sales tax.”

This tweet (quoted above) by Grover Norquist, the founder and president of Americans for Tax Reform, has generated a lot of discussion on the Internet today. On the one hand, taxes are a necessary evil to pay for public goods such as national defense and public roads. On the other hand, maybe we don’t need so many roads and military weapons. But what most commentators are missing is that Mr Norquist is just plain wrong about Republicans being “anti-taxes.” In truth, when they have been in power, Republicans in Congress have done nothing to curb federal spending (except talk). (An intellectually-honest libertarian would argue that taxes are a form of theft, backed up by coercion.)

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