Here is a little article I wrote in 40 minutes in a blinding rage over the proposed pay per mile tax that Tony Blair would like to pass in the UK and that would quite literally bankrupt me. it isn't original and I give full credit to Ayn Rand.
A Tax on Reality
I am writing to you in reference to the governments proposed scheme of taxing us for every mile we drive.
Any one with any amount of intelligence would realise that this is a ludicrous idea that will never produce what mister Blair and his looters promise.
They say that it will reduce congestion by convincing those who don’t have to drive during busy times not; this argue is flawed in assuming that any rational human being would willingly sit in traffic for and hour unless they had, the reason we have congestion at 8.30am is because it is a fact that all those driving have to go to work! In answer to this fact that mister Blair and is Looters would argue that instead we should car pool or use public transport; in answer to this I would like to point out two things. Firstly those most that can car pool do but that the instances where those who live near to each other and also work near each other are few and far between. Secondly the suggestion that our public transport is in any condition to support the huge numbers of people that would be the result if we followed that governments suggestion is laughable, it can barely keep up with it’s current capacity and is totally unreliable.
With these facts in mind I realise that every rational man who has heard of this proposed tax cannot fathom why the government whish to continue with it, we all realise that we are trapped and would find ourselves forced to pay huge taxes to go to work or to not work at all and suffer that fate.
I am sure I was not alone when I asked myself what were the government thinking, no rational man could argue that their plan makes any kind of sense yet that is what they are arguing. They hail it as the answer to all our problems of congestion and pollution yet I ask you, how does looting more money from the tax payer going to solve this problem?
The answer to this problem lies in a mistake that we the tax paying public have made, a mistake that has cost us when we need never have paid for it.
We thought they were rational, they are not.
The government does not want us to stop using our cars, far from it, they want us to continue to use them, they full appreciate that the society will live in is dependant upon the modern automobile for its survival. They appreciate this fact and have been cashing in on it for years.
We are led by a government of looters who seek nothing less than the total abdication of reality; the reality that it is they who are dependant upon us, not the other way round.
Consider that any society in order to be successful must produce and it is those that produce that are the creators of that society.
What then may I ask doe the government produce?
The answer to those of you who my state that public welfare is what the government produces is that the government does not produce this and that even if it did who are the ones who pay for it?
You and me.
We are the ones who produce, the ones who earn a living, who drive to work, who work in factories, in offices and banks, we are the producers of this countries success and nobody else, and it is built and maintained on our own work.
If you are unsure of whether you are truly a producer or not the test to see if you are or not is very simple;
Open you wage slip, if you are paying tax, you are a producer.
Yet does anyone of us feel that way?
Do you feel like you have produced something that you should be proud of, that this country is built on your efforts.
No you do not.
But do not doubt that it is.
Every penny you are taxed is a penny that you have earned, that you are entitled to and that every penny you give in tax is a trade with the government, you are paying for services such as public transport and healthcare just as you would a chocolate bar in a shop.
If you bought said chocolate bar and it was out of date you would demand you money back yet the state of our public systems is beyond the worst kind of out of date food and no one asks for their money back.
Because they can’t.
They are both trades but the difference is that with taxes we have no choice but to buy.
This would not be considered a problem were we getting our money’s worth but we are not; imagine being forced at gun point to buy a £100 chocolate bar; sound absurd? Welcome to how you are taxed.
But this is a fundamental error is this system.
It requires our own sanction to work.
We must accept the government’s right to take by force that which we have earned; this may sound foolish at first considering that we are forced to pay taxes but I will explain.
We are the ones that produce; we are what make this country tick, its motor.
But who are we working for?
The product of our own efforts belongs to us and us along and no one else has any claim to it other than the claim that we allow them. To those of you who would state that we work for others consider the following, that those who benefit from the work of others are dependant upon that person who is free to withdraw their support at any time. You may force a man to work for you at the point of a gun but if he chooses to stop to think for you then you are lost. How can you force a man to think?
The product of our own efforts should be the things we hold in highest regard as well as the things that are the product of mankind’s mind.
Such as the car.
Think of it, the ability to travel hundreds of miles in a few short hours in comfort.
We should feel proud of this achievement it is the embodiment of humanities mind, his capacity to think and to make his own life between.
Yet do any of us feel that?
Because we have offered our lives to a looting government who would use our virtues, the very thing we should be proud of, as vices to be turned against us.
We are told that we are destroying the planet when ever we get in a car, that we shouldn’t make unnecessary journeys, to slow down, we are made to feel in every way that a thing we should be proud of is thing we should be most ashamed of.
We feel guilty for our ability to drive, to produce.
It is that guilt that the government relies upon to loot the produce of you work.
If you feel guilty for you success, you ability to produce, then you feel you have no claim to it and so surrender it to others who claim that they do.
I said earlier that the government wishes to abdicate reality and here is what I meant.
They damn as evil the very thing that keeps them alive, with out the products of the producers they would perish yet they damn them as evil and those who produce as evil incarnate.
Without cars the country would fail to produce and they would perish yet they damn cars as evil.
See the contradiction?
In reality there are no contradictions, if you find one check your premises.
Our premise was that they were rational, we were wrong.
They are not ration because they believe that they can continue to loot from motorists without feel of reprisal; they think they can tax the producers out of existence and keep their product.
They want to have there cake and each it to.
What they are doing is denying causality, the law of cause and effect.
How can you have a product without those who produce it?
How can you produce without the means to produce?
In this case the means to produce is the car.
They will tax us off the roads and then demand that we still keep on producing, blindly ignoring the fact that we will turn to them and say;
They are relying on our ability to support them, they think that the can tax us as much as they want and that we will somehow produce, as if it where merely a matter of clicking our fingers.
How much longer to you wish to work for your own executioners?
That’s what it is, make no mistake, they want you to go gladly to you grave and sharpen their axe as well.
How long are you willing to work for those who take from you but give nothing in return? Those who demand that you must produce for them, who produce nothing.
But then, what are we to do?
They are dependant upon us remember?
Without us they cannot produce.
So we must not produce.
They will perish we will not, we never have because we can.
If they pass their new tax our answer is simple.
Stop using our cars.
Use their warn out public transport, walk, bike do anything to get to work but do not use your car.
Can you see where that would lead?
A rational man could.
It would lead to total chaos, the transport system would collapse, industries would grind to a halt and the government would loose millions in tax.
It would take all of 3 days to bring this country, or rather the looters who feast on it, to its knees.
Then they would be to accept reality, that it is they who need us and that we are free to support at any time and that we will only deal with them of fair terms, that every penny we give them is for our own benefit, the benefit of better schools, roads, hospital, not for our own destruction.
If the do pass their law I suggest that everyone who owns a car register it as off the road and claim back the tax that they are owed and entitled to do so.
They need us the producers; we do not need them, the parasites.