You are right! If we want to talk about socialism, we should be talking about the taxes we pay for the good of all. At least that is what they say. That is socialism. NOT paying taxes is not socialism. And if it's legal, it's not even un-ethical.<quoted text>
So, you've NEVER had a home loan, and you've never deducted mortgage interest? You NEVER had kids to deduct?
Of course deductions are not socialism. Saying so is idiocy. Get a mortgage and have some kids, so you can benefit from the tax laws! Your missing out!
Deductions only offset the high taxes that people already pay.
If you want to talk about socialism, the taxes we pay, no matter how low or high, are socialism. Why should I have to pay income taxes on income that I, alone, earn? Why should I have to pay property taxes on my backcountry place that is on a private dirt road that is maintained by the landowners who own land out there, with no help from any government agency? At the same time, why should the county be able to come onto that private land, and put up street signs that nobody wants, naming the roads names that nobody wants, and then tell us landowners that we have no say? That is socialism.
Deductions are not socialism, taxes are.
Some people want to complain about socialism because everyone doesn't pay the same tax rate. I guess not charging tax on food anymore is socialism too, because we used to pay tax on it and now we don't! Do we want to pay tax on food again so we aren't socialists? We eat at a restaurant and have to pay tax on that food. Why should those who shop at the grocery store and cook at home get to skip out on that tax! According to the whining wonderer, that must be socialism too!
I'd be more willing to call taxation socialism instead of NOT paying taxes socialism, because taxes are a means of "spreading the wealth" and paying for things in a group, and we don't get a choice.