The ability of a country to pay taxes
must always be proportioned, in a great degree, to the quantity of money in circulation, and to the celerity with which it circulates.
Last year their taxes
were heavy enough, in all conscience--but this year they have been increased by the addition of taxes
that were forgiven them in times of famine in former years.
You must remember that the first mortgage comes in for the first claim after taxes
, and if the foreclosure doesn't bring enough to satisfy more than that, the second mortgage is sleeping on its rights."
--and then all the people cheered again, and one man, who was more excited than the rest, flung his hat high into the air, and shouted(as well as I could make out) "Who roar for the Sub-Warden?" Everybody roared, but whether it was for the Sub-Warden, or not, did not clearly appear: some were shouting "Bread!" and some "Taxes
!", but no one seemed to know what it was they really wanted.
"My public servants have been fools and rogues from the date of your accession to power," replied the State; "my legislative bodies, both State and municipal, are bands of thieves; my taxes
are insupportable; my courts are corrupt; my cities are a disgrace to civilisation; my corporations have their hands at the throats of every private interest - all my affairs are in disorder and criminal confusion."
It will present liberty everywhere crushed between standing armies and perpetual taxes
. The fortunes of disunited America will be even more disastrous than those of Europe.
A commodity which is a more or less adulterated condition the State sells to the citizen as a reward for his allegiance, taxes
and personal service.
What a difficult undertaking is the rehabilitation of the Civil Service while the liberal cries aloud in his newspapers that the salaries of clerks are a standing theft, calls the items of the budget a cluster of leeches, and every year demands why the nation should be saddled with a thousand millions of taxes
. In Monsieur Rabourdin's eyes the clerk in relation to the budget was very much what the gambler is to the game; that which he wins he puts back again.
Not only that; but the village, light-headed with famine, fire, and bell-ringing, and bethinking itself that Monsieur Gabelle had to do with the collection of rent and taxes--though it was but a small instalment of taxes
, and no rent at all, that Gabelle had got in those latter days--became impatient for an interview with him, and, surrounding his house, summoned him to come forth for personal conference.
The causes and motives of seditions are, innovation in religion; taxes
; alteration of laws and customs; breaking of privileges; general oppression; advancement of unworthy persons; strangers; dearths; disbanded soldiers; factions grown desperate; and what soever, in offending people, joineth and knitteth them in a common cause.
The Cretans conducted their public meals better than the Lacedaemonians, for at Lacedsemon each individual was obliged to furnish what was assessed upon him; which if he could not do, there was a law which deprived him of the rights of a citizen, as has been already mentioned: but in Crete they were furnished by the community; for all the corn and cattle, taxes
and contributions, which the domestic slaves were obliged to furnish, were divided into parts and allotted to the gods, the exigencies of the state, and these public meals; so that all the men, women, and children were maintained from a common stock.
In fifteen years' time there will be a thousand francs worth of wood to fell for every hundred francs' worth cut now, and the taxes
will not cost the inhabitants a penny.