“There’s a whole generation of Australians who see government handouts as a regular part of their income support throughout their whole life and not just some last resort for the disadvantaged,” Morrison said.
“You mean your generation with free education and negative gearing for their investment properties?” asked a journalist.
“No. I mean the young people who can’t find jobs in today’s economy. Those fucking leeches expecting us to help them when they’re not even rich enough to be political donors. So anyway, I think the solution to our tax problem is cutting health funding and welfare, as is our annual custom in the Liberal party.”
“But big corpor-”
“CUTTING HEALTHCARE AND WELFARE FUNDING. AS IS THE ANNUAL TRADITION OF THE LIBERAL PARTY.” Morrison boomed.
The story of Jesus commanding us to give unto Caesar that which is Caesar’s is commonly misrepresented as His commanding us to give to Caesar the denari which he asks for (i.e., to pay taxes to government), as—it is assumed—the denari are Caesar’s, being that they have Caesar’s image and name on them. But Jesus never said that this was so! What Jesus did say though was an ingenious case of rhetorical misdirection to avoid being immediately arrested, which would have interfered with Old Testament prophecy of His betrayal as well as His own previous predictions of betrayal.
When the Pharisees asked Jesus whether or not it is lawful to pay taxes to Caesar they did so as a ruse in the hopes of being able to either have Him arrested as a rebel by the Roman authorities or to have Him discredited in the eyes of His followers. At this time in Israel’s history it was an occupied territory of the Roman Empire, and taxes—which were being used to support this occupation—were much hated by the mass of the common Jews. Thus, this question was a clever Catch-22 posed to Jesus by the Pharisees: if Jesus answered that it is not lawful then the Pharisees would have Him put away, but if He answered that it is lawful then He would appear to be supporting the subjection of the Jewish people by a foreign power. Luke 20:20 makes the Pharisees’ intent in asking this question quite clear:
So they watched Him, and sent spies who pretended to be righteous, that they might seize on His words, in order to deliver Him to the power and the authority of the governor.
Thus, Jesus was not free to answer in just any casual manner. Of the Scripture prophecies which would have gone unfulfilled had He answered that it was fine to decline paying taxes and been arrested because of it are the betrayal by Judas and Jesus’s betrayer replaced. Here is a quote from Peter on this matter from Acts 1:16:
“Men and brethren, this Scripture had to be fulfilled, which the Holy Spirit spoke before by the mouth of David concerning Judas, who became a guide to those who arrested Jesus.”
As recorded in Matthew 26:54,56 and Mark 14:49, Jesus testifies to this exact same thing after He was betrayed by Judas. As well, Jesus Himself twice foretold of His betrayal before He was asked the question on taxes. See also John 13:18–30, which testifies to the necessity of the fulfillment of Psalm 41:9, as Jesus here foretells of His betrayal by Judas.
In addition, it appears that the only reason Jesus paid the temple tax (and by supernatural means at that) as told in Matthew 17:24–27 was so as not to stir up trouble which would have interfered with the fulfillment of Old Testament Scripture and Jesus’s previous prediction of His betrayal as told in Matthew 17:22—neither of which would have been fulfilled had Jesus not paid the tax and been arrested because of it. Jesus Himself supports this view when He said of it “Nevertheless, lest we offend them … ,” which can also be translated “But we don’t want to cause trouble.” He said this after in effect saying that those who pay customs and taxes are not free— yet one reason Jesus came was to call us to liberty.
It should be remembered in all of this that it was Jesus Himself who told us “Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves. Therefore be wise as serpents and harmless as doves.” Jesus was being wise as a serpent as He never told us to pay taxes to Caesar, of which He could have done and still fulfilled Scripture and His previous predictions of betrayal. But the one thing He couldn’t have told people was that it was okay not to pay taxes as He would have been arrested on the spot, and Scripture and His predictions of betrayal would have gone unfulfilled. Yet the most important thing in all this is what Jesus did not say. Jesus never said that all or any of the denari were Caesar’s! Jesus simply said “Give to Caesar that which is Caesar’s.” But this just begs the question, What is Caesar’s? Simply because the denari have Caesar’s name and image on them no more make them his than one carving their name into the back of a stolen TV set makes it theirs. Yet everything Caesar has has been taken by theft and extortion, therefore nothing is rightly his. A further demonstration that Jesus considered the institution of taxation to be unjust is given in the below story:
As Jesus passed on from there, He saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax office. And He said to him, “Follow Me.” So he arose and followed Him.
Now it happened, as Jesus sat at the table in the house, that behold, many tax collectors and sinners came and sat down with Him and His disciples. And when the Pharisees saw it, they said to His disciples, “Why does your Teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?”
When Jesus heard that, He said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy and not sacrifice.’ For I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.”
It’s important to point out here that Jesus actually made a stronger case against the unrighteousness of tax collectors than the Pharisees originally had in questioning Jesus’s disciples about it: the Pharisees actually separated the tax collectors from the sinners when they asked “Why does your Teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?” Yet when Jesus heard this He answered the Pharisees by lumping the two groups together under the category of sinners—thus: “For I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.”
Yet since this is the story of Matthew the tax collector being called to repentance by Jesus we will do well to ask how it was that Matthew obtained repentance. The answer: By first giving up tax collecting! And from this beginning Matthew would thus go on to become one of Jesus’s twelve disciples.
It may be pointed out in response that “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” But the below passages make clear just how unrighteous and iniquitous an occupation Jesus considers tax collection to be:
“For if you love those who love you, what reward have you? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet your brethren only, what do you do more than others? Do not even the tax collectors do so?”
“And if he refuses to hear them, tell it to the church. But if he refuses even to hear the church, let him be to you like a heathen and a tax collector.”
An excerpt from: “Jesus is an Anarchist” by James Redford
“The burden of tax paperwork can be expressed in dollars. Based on the average earnings of U.S. workers, Tax Foundation finds that federal tax paperwork imposes a $409 billion annual cost on the economy.”
The European Commission have shown themselves incapable of listening, recent leak shows they intend to push ahead with link tax and ignore public consultation process.
Today Statewatch released a leaked copy of the European Commission’s Impact Assessmenton copyright reform: their statement of intent and justification for the proposed new copyright rules we’ve been anticipating the last two years.
Here’s the shocker: In this document the Commission clearly states that they will introduce an ancillary copyright for press publishers, giving them the ability to levy a fee on links with accompanying short snippets of text. aka, the link tax.
The ancient Romans have passed many traditions on to modern day society, but they certainly had a different perspective on urine. It was seen as much more useful than today. They used it as a cleaning agent for washing their clothes, brushing their teeth as well as for tanning leather. Ancient laundries even used to collect urine in giant clay pots which were placed out in public for people to relieve themselves. Eventually, so much urine was used and collected that a tax was imposed by the Roman emperor. Pecunia non olet meaning, “money does not stink" was a famous phrase coined as a result of this tax levied by the emperors Nero and Vespasian in the 1st century AD.