As early as 1733, Colonial frustrations were felt against the British Parliament via the Molasses Act. Indignation grew over the decades, erupting in 1764, when Parliament enacted the Sugar Act and the Currency Act. But it was not until 1765, when Parliament levied the first direct tax upon the Colonies via the Stamp Act, that larger protests permeated all 13 Colonies. And though that tax was repealed in 1766, the appeasement was short-lived. Parliament passed the Townshend Acts beginning in 1767, placing a tax on a number of essential goods, including paper and tea -- something which, in turn, led to the Boston Massacre in 1770, the Boston Tea Party in 1773, the Intolerable Acts and the First Continental Congress in 1774 and, of course, the Declaration of Independence in 1776.
What's so amazing is that no matter how vast Parliament's control and taxation upon the colonists were back then, it all pales in significance to Washington's control and taxation upon Americans today.
Some are rejoicing over the passing of Obamacare, but their joy certainly will turn to mourning once they've experienced the trickling down of related costs and taxes over the years.
Let me summarize. Americans for Tax Reform have pulled from Obamacare legislation 20 taxes coming down the pike (with references to the location in the law and the dates the taxes begin) that will be paid by every American in one way, shape or form.
Of course, with President Barack Obama's promise not to raise taxes on the lower and middle classes -- combined with the report last week that 47 percent of citizens pay no federal taxes at all -- half the readers of this column might feel momentarily immune to the coming increases in taxation. Unfortunately, such financial resistance will be short-lived.
That is why the White House sent out three of its biggest financial guns this past week on three consecutive days to prepare the way for tax increases that will be coming soon to your neighborhood.
First, White House economic adviser Paul Volcker said the feds should consider imposing a "value-added tax" similar to those charged in Europe to help get the deficit under control. He emphatically declared, "If at the end of the day, we need to raise taxes, we should raise taxes."
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