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Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Those Dirty Rotten Taxes

Taxes have been the cause of more wars than any other issue in history. They caused the war that founded this country and the war that divided it.
Many tax revolts have occurred throughout history, but one of the first, after the Revolution, was defeated on this day in 1786.

At this time, European investors were demanding that we pay our war debt in silver and gold. But there was not enough in the states, primarily Massachusetts, so the wealthy businessmen, politicians, etc., tried to tax it from the rural farmers. Most of the landowners didn't have the hard currency, so their property was confiscated.

Angry farmers came together to talk about what the best way would be to go about addressing the grievances.

One of the farmers said this:

"I have been greatly abused, have been obliged to do more than my part in the war; been loaded with class rates, town rates, province rates, Continental rates and all rates...been pulled and hauled by sheriffs, constables and collectors, and had my cattle sold for less than they were worth...The great men are going to get all we have and I think it is time for us to rise and put a stop to it, and have no more courts, nor sheriffs, nor collectors nor lawyers."

Many of the men, veterans of the war for Independence, had been ill treated, cheated of their pay. They began to organize themselves in bands and armed themselves. Assuming command of these bands was the war veteran, Daniel Shays.

The aristocracy of Boston was stunned. How dare these peasants come out of their God-appointed vocation and tell them what to do! They put their money together and commissioned an army to defend the "insulted dignity of government".

The two armies met on February third, near an armory. The government forces fired a volley into the "Shaysites", killing four men. The farmers instantly fled.

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Blogger Bria said...

Great post Stephen!
Have you read the book 'Those Dirty Rotten Taxes'? I saw it in Mr. Chancey's library once and wondered if it was good.

February 3, 2009 at 4:58 PM  
Blogger Stephen Boyd said...

Those Dirty Rotten Taxes, by Charles Adams, is a great book!

I highly recommend all of Mr. Adam's books, my favorite is When In The Course of Human Events.

Thanks for the comment!

February 3, 2009 at 7:27 PM  
Blogger Gravelbelly said...

Burdensome taxes represent SOMEONE'S greed, covetousness, envy or lust for power. Today (sadly), I would guess that covers 90% of the population.

Ronald Reagan once said, "A government big enough to give you everything you want is big enough to take everything you have."

I'm no Reaganite, but that saying embodies a truth most Americans neither live nor vote by.

February 4, 2009 at 9:41 AM  
Blogger Stephen Boyd said...

Reagan definitley had some good things to say.
Thanks for the comment.

February 4, 2009 at 12:32 PM  

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