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A member of Parliament to Disraeli: "Sir, you will either die on the gallows or of some unspeakable disease." "That depends, Sir, " said Disraeli, "whether I embrace your policies or your mistress."

"He had delusions of adequacy ." Walter Kerr

"He has all the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire." Winston Churchill

"I have never killed a man, but I have read many obituaries with great pleasure." Clarence Darrow

"He has never been known to use a word that might send a reader to the dictionary." William Faulkner (about Ernest Hemingway)

"Thank you for sending me a copy of your book; I'll waste no time reading it." Moses Hadas

"I didn't attend the funeral, but I sent a nice letter saying I approved of it." Mark Twain

"He has no enemies, but is intensely disliked by his friends." Oscar Wilde

"I am enclosing two tickets to the first night of my new play; bring a friend, if you have one. " George Bernard Shaw to Winston Churchill "Cannot possibly attend first night, will attend second... if there is one." Winston Churchill, in response

"I feel so miserable without you; it's almost like having you here." Stephen Bishop

"He is a self-made man and worships his creator." John Bright

"I've just learned about his illness. Let's hope it's nothing trivial." Irvin S. Cobb

"He is not only dull himself; he is the cause of dullness in others." Samuel Johnson

"He is simply a shiver looking for a spine to run up." Paul Keating

"In order to avoid being called a flirt, she always yielded easily." Charles, Count Talleyrand

Or maybe for Republicans/Conservative Never–Trumpers:

"In order to avoid being called a waffles, they always yielded easily."

"He loves nature in spite of what it did to him." Forrest Tucker

"Why do you sit there looking like an envelope without any address on it?" Mark Twain

"His mother should have thrown him away and kept the stork." Mae West

"Some cause happiness wherever they go; others, whenever they go." Oscar Wilde

"He uses statistics as a drunken man uses lamp-posts... for support rather than illumination. " Andrew Lang (1844-1912)

"He has Van Gogh's ear for music." Billy Wilder

"I've had a perfectly wonderful evening. But I'm afraid this wasn't it." Groucho Marx

"We believe in lower taxes", is a complaint, not a Principle, because it fails to address questions like "how much lower?".

A Principle relevant to taxation would require declaring exactly what constitutes an appropriate tax. (Please don't waste time squabbling about your favorite glittering generality like the "Fair Tax" which is a Policy with no underlying Principle.

Since one specific is worth 1,000 glittering generalities, here is one example of a Principle by which Tax Policy can be judged. Not a Policy.

There are only 4 legitimate bases for calculating a tax.

  • Value/Money received: Income, Inheritance, and Estate Taxes.
  • Value/Money spent: Sales taxes of all types.
  • Value/Money possesed: Property and Wealth Taxes.
  • Per capita: The Only Federal Tax Permitted By the originalConstitution.

Principle: Regardless of which base the political process chooses for a tax, it is only Ethical/Moral if the same rate of taxation is applied to that basis to calculate the amount of tax.

Those with twice as much of the base selected pay twice as much tax; Those with half as much of the base pay half as much tax. Period.

Even the all powerful Dark Age Catholic Church limited it's take to Tithing ... not "Progressive" Tithing.