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Agitating against taxes

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Today, dismayed reaction to Chancellor Brown's latest Budget report comes from senior citizens who are given no help to pay steeply increasing Council taxes; from businesses, whose taxes are at the highest levels ever seen, thereby reducing their ability to expand, and create new jobs; and from middle income drivers, who are now expected to pay another steep fuel tax that will supposedly reduce driving and create green air.

Brits used to call this highway robbery. Chancellor Brown's stealthy and not-so-stealthy taxes are going for services such as education and health care that have not been improved by previous massive funding increases. Brown's scheme will continue to support a million new jobs in the public sector at the real cost of jobs in the private sector, which create tax revenues rather than requiring them.

The economy is a complicated subject, and you will guess that I am no expert. However, the UK has some experience over the last sixty years with high taxes and government stifling enterprise that bears me out.

Remarkably, the first recorded tax protester in history seems to have been Lady Godiva. The well-known story of her bare-back ride through Coventry is told here. (Scroll down.) She may have been a myth, but the myths that people tell tell a great deal about them.

Representative, parliamentary government in Britain can be seen as a growing effort to control how much money a King, or Chancellor, could wring out of his subjects. After Godiva's successful demonstration, Brits repeatedly protest taxes, demand accountability, and change the government when the government refuses to listen to their legitimate protests.

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