Quotes and Sayings about Tax



"That's why so many stars are making pictures in Europe today. The tax guys are making thieves out of everybody."
- Bud Abbott
(Related: Europe, Tax, Stars, Today)

"We can't live without taxes, but we sure would like to have good ones."
- Charles Adams
(Related: Taxes)

"Rulers do not reduce taxes to be kind. Expediency and greed create high taxation, and normally it takes an impending catastrophe to bring it down."
- Charles Adams
(Related: Expediency, Greed, Taxation, Taxes)

"I'm spending a year dead for tax reasons."
- Douglas Adams
(Related: Tax)

"Friendship is a very taxing and arduous form of leisure activity."
- Mortimer Adler
(Related: Friendship, Leisure)

"Just dying should not be a reason for taxes."
- Todd Akin
(Related: Dying, Reason, Taxes)

"The first thing that strikes a visitor to Paris is a taxi."
- Fred Allen
(Related: First, Paris)

"An income tax form is like a laundry list - either way you lose your shirt."
- Fred Allen
(Related: Tax, Income)

"I support exemptions from the estate tax to ensure that when Maine farm owners die, their families will be able to continue to farm the land that they have protected and lived on, often for generations."
- Tom Allen
(Related: Tax, Generations, Land, Support, Will)

"These kids understood what is not immediately obvious; that they were going to pay the bills for tax cuts that had been passed today or in the last 4 years, and for the war in Iraq, because essentially we are borrowing money to do those things."
- Tom Allen
(Related: Money, War, Borrowing, Tax, Iraq, Kids, Obvious, Tax cuts, Today, Years)

"To do what we are doing in this budget to our children, cutting their health care funds, decreasing opportunity, simply so we can pay for tax cuts and a war in Iraq is beyond belief, and we need to reverse it."
- Tom Allen
(Related: Health, War, Opportunity, Belief, Care, Children, Tax, Iraq, Tax cuts)

"I belong to a church and I try to do my Christian duty, so I am against alcohol... But we need the tax money."
- Walter Allen
(Related: Money, Christian, Church, Alcohol, Duty, Tax)

"I don't know the taxpayer has perhaps much of an understanding of just how much wealth has been and is being and can be created that flows through the economy and just how many jobs depend upon it."
- John Anderson
(Related: Wealth, Being, Economy, Jobs, Understanding)

"We're going to have a tax cut. Today's American family is overtaxed at all levels."
- Dick Armey
(Related: Family, American, Tax, Today)

"Our current tax system is broken."
- Dick Armey
(Related: Tax)

"The extravagant expenditure of public money is an evil not to be measured by the value of that money to the people who are taxed for it."
- Chester A. Arthur
(Related: Money, People, Evil, Public, Value)

"And that's how I start myself. I usually go back a couple of pages, maybe to the beginning of the chapter, and I start reading. And as I'm reading, I'm tweaking - putting in a different word, changing the syntax, putting that clause over there, you know that sort of thing."
- Jean M. Auel
(Related: Beginning, Reading, Word)

"The truth is that as we move forward, if one side says we can't raise any taxes on anybody or any interest, and the other side says we can't cut anything, we're obviously not going to make progress on this. And our interest is in making progress on this."
- David Axelrod
(Related: Truth, Progress, Interest, Taxes)

"Instead of creating new jobs, Republicans gave tax cuts to companies that send jobs overseas."
- Joe Baca
(Related: Tax, Jobs, Republicans, Tax cuts)

"It's not so much the amount of tax we pay - it's the sense that our pocket's being picked without our knowing what's going on."
- Andrew J. Bacevich
(Related: Being, Tax, Sense)

"I come from a modest background. I put myself through college and law school and a postdoctorate program in tax law."
- Michele Bachmann
(Related: College, Tax, Law, School)

"Most illegals are without health insurance, and when these workers need emergency healthcare, the American taxpayer gets stuck with the bill."
- Spencer Bachus
(Related: Health, American, Healthcare, Workers)

"The rapid growth in many of our suburbs has spawned a booming construction industry eager to hire low wage immigrants who gladly fill these jobs, many of them happy to be paid in cash, free of federal and state taxes."
- Spencer Bachus
(Related: Growth, Jobs, State, Taxes, Wage)

"I am opposed to any individual taxes until we eliminate all of the unconstitutional agencies, and I suspect we wouldn't need a tax after that."
- Michael Badnarik
(Related: Tax, Taxes)

"What that book does for me is give me the tools in the same way that I had the tools when I learned the regular scales or the alphabet. If you give me the tools, the syntax, and the grammar, it still doesn't tell me how to write Ulysses."
- David Baker
(Related: Grammar, Tools)

"Political liberty, the peace of a nation, and science itself are gifts for which Fate demands a heavy tax in blood!"
- Honore De Balzac
(Related: Peace, Science, Fate, Tax, Gifts, Liberty, Nation)

"When I wake up in the morning, I feel like a billionaire without paying taxes."
- Ernie Banks
(Related: Taxes)

"Most Americans are more concerned about the economy and job creation. And they can't understand why the Obama administration or the Democrat majority in Congress wants to pass a bill like the cap-and-trade tax that will cost us jobs, that will hurt our economy, that will drive up costs for families, as well as for small businesses."
- Haley Barbour
(Related: Americans, Congress, Creation, Economy, Tax, Hurt, Job, Jobs, Majority, Will)

"When I became governor, spending actually increased 28 percent my first term. Revenue increased 42 percent my first term without raising anybody's taxes. We did it because we had more taxpayers with more taxable income. That's how you get the revenue up. We did that without raising anybody's taxes."
- Haley Barbour
(Related: First, Income, Taxes)

"There's no recovery on Main Street, I can tell you that for sure. And in a re - in an economy like this, we don't need to be raising anybody's taxes."
- Haley Barbour
(Related: Economy, Taxes)

"Big business never pays a nickel in taxes, according to Ralph Nader, who represents a big consumer organization that never pays a nickel in taxes."
- Dave Barry
(Related: Business, Taxes)

"There certainly is a lot of political pressure for states to adopt the new federal tax codes. But there is no law that requires them to do so."
- John Barry
(Related: Tax, Law, Pressure, states)

"The worst thing that we could do is raises taxes. It would only hurt the economy."
- Dan Bartlett
(Related: Economy, Hurt, Taxes)

"I will continue my consistent record of voting for lower taxes, less spending and fewer regulations to make our government more effective and efficient while upholding our Constitution."
- Roscoe Bartlett
(Related: Government, Constitution, Taxes, Voting, Will)

"If it is the duty of the State to educate, it is the duty of the State also to bear the burden of education, namely, the taxation out of which education is provided."
- Edmund Barton
(Related: Education, Burden, Duty, State, Taxation)

"As President, I will end once and for all the use of taxpayer funds to promote the National Endowment for the Arts and other programs that subsidize amoral and degrading activities."
- Gary Bauer
(Related: End, President, Will)

"Taxpayers should not be coerced into giving up their privacy rights just to file their taxes."
- Melissa Bean
(Related: Rights, Giving, Privacy, Taxes)

"Reports also suggest that Ernst and Young and other large tax preparation firms are sending tax returns overseas for processing. But the IRS has no control over tax information once it's been sent to India or another country."
- Melissa Bean
(Related: Control, Country, Tax, Information, Preparation)

"And yet, if we don't, first and foremost, act responsibly with the national tax dollars that we have, we can't properly address those regional priorities that we would like to."
- Melissa Bean
(Related: Act, First, Tax, Priorities)

"The IRS is currently considering a rule that would make it easier for tax preparers to disclose the private information contained in tax returns - including name, address, Social Security number, employer, income, and charitable donations."
- Melissa Bean
(Related: Tax, Income, Information, Name, Security)

"Even the best data security systems can't protect private taxpayer information from entrepreneurial foreign businesses than can make huge profits selling U.S. taxpayer information."
- Melissa Bean
(Related: Selling, Information, Security)

"To say that people would cease to come to California if they would have to pay more taxes is to underestimate the advantages of being in California - mightily."
- Warren Beatty
(Related: People, Being, Taxes)

"Common sense tells us that we should focus our resources to benefit children, teachers and taxpayers by keeping dollars in the classroom."
- Bob Beauprez
(Related: Children, Classroom, Common sense, Focus, Teachers)

"We all know what the problems are: it's tax and spend. One party will tax and spend, the other party won't tax but will spend. It's both of them together."
- Glenn Beck
(Related: Tax, Party, Problems, Will)

"It's not just spending, it's not just taxes, it's not just corruption, it is progressivism, and it is in both parties. It is in the Republicans and the Democrats."
- Glenn Beck
(Related: Corruption, Democrats, Republicans, Taxes)

"It's been a rollercoaster ride. There have been some great moments and some low points... like when I was leaving Stax. That's when I actually thought of getting out of the business."
- William Bell
(Related: Business, Thought, Moments)

"The Business Profits Tax, which is imposed on in-state businesses, we need to impose the same thing on out-of-state businesses, because the way the Business Profits Tax is calculated, it is highly dependent on how much sales and profits are generated in-state."
- Craig Benson
(Related: Business, Tax, Sales)

"I just filled out my income tax forms. Who says you can't get killed by a blank?"
- Milton Berle
(Related: Tax, Income)

"A lot of girls annoy me who go to university - one girl told me she was going to Oxford because it was something to do between leaving school and getting married. And I've got to pay for that being an income tax payer."
- Jeffrey Bernard
(Related: Being, Tax, Girls, Income, School, University)

"I come into the peace of wild things who do not tax their lives with forethought of grief... For a time I rest in the grace of the world, and am free."
- Wendell Berry
(Related: Peace, Time, Tax, Grace, Grief, Rest, World)

"Bats have no bankers and they do not drink and cannot be arrested and pay no tax and, in general, bats have it made."
- John Berryman
(Related: Tax)

"This is absolutely bizarre that we continue to subsidize highways beyond the gasoline tax, airlines, and we don't subsidize, we don't want to subsidize a national rail system that has environmental impact."
- Joe Biden
(Related: Environmental, Bizarre, Tax, Want)

"No one making less than $250,000 under Barack Obama's plan will see one single penny of their tax raised, whether it's their capital gains tax, their income tax, investment tax, any tax."
- Joe Biden
(Related: Tax, Income, Investment, Will)

"In the middle of a recession, where we're just climbing out of it, where the economy -unemployment is still at 9.7 percent, the idea of raising taxes and reducing spending is a prescription for disaster."
- Joe Biden
(Related: Idea, Disaster, Economy, Taxes)

"While the wealthiest families completely benefit from the tax cuts targeted towards the upper brackets, middle-income families were hit with the unwelcome surprise of higher taxes on tax day."
- Tim Bishop
(Related: Day, Tax, Tax cuts, Taxes)

"Republicans rejected calls for amnesty and we've fought efforts to provide illegal aliens with taxpayer funded benefits. The American people are far closer to our Republican approach to border security than they are to Nancy Pelosi's approach."
- Marsha Blackburn
(Related: People, American, Benefits, Republican, Republicans, Security)

"Our tax policies, the tax relief and reform we passed in 2003 and 2005, helped get government out of the way of America's entrepreneurs, and our unemployment rate is now lower than it was in the 1970s, the 1980s, and the 1990s."
- Marsha Blackburn
(Related: Government, America, Entrepreneurs, Tax, Now, Reform, Unemployment)

"Republicans are not going to play I-told-you-so, but it is pretty obvious that the tax reductions passed in 2003 helped Americans dig out of a recession and get back to work."
- Marsha Blackburn
(Related: Work, Americans, Tax, Obvious, Play, Pretty, Republicans)

"Job creation requires a business friendly environment with a tax structure that is not punitive and a state government designed for efficient use of fewer tax dollars."
- Kenneth Blackwell
(Related: Business, Government, Creation, Environment, Tax, Job, State)

"In order to spur economic growth we need to put the brakes on out of control spending, lower Ohioans tax burden and create a most efficient and effective government."
- Kenneth Blackwell
(Related: Government, Control, Growth, Burden, Tax, Order)

"The President and the Democrats on Congress have exploited the financial crisis to advance their socialist big government tax, spend and borrow agenda."
- Bradley A. Blakeman
(Related: Government, Financial, Congress, Crisis, Democrats, Tax, President)

"Well, you have the public not wanting any new spending, you have the Republicans not wanting any new taxes, you have the Democrats not wanting any new spending cuts, you have the markets not wanting any new borrowing, and you have the economists wanting all of the above. And that leads to paralysis."
- Michael Bloomberg
(Related: Borrowing, Democrats, Public, Republicans, Taxes)

"Taxes are not good things, but if you want services, somebody's got to pay for them so they're a necessary evil."
- Michael Bloomberg
(Related: Evil, Taxes, Want)

"It was an absurd theory that by cutting taxes you would increase government revenues, because the growth of the economy would create an overflow of taxes that would fall into the government coffers."
- Sidney Blumenthal
(Related: Government, Growth, Economy, Taxes, Theory)

"Taxpayers deserve a government that harnesses technology to better serve the people."
- Matt Blunt
(Related: Government, Technology, People)

"If you're opposed to the budget I submitted to the General Assembly, you're for a tax increase."
- Matt Blunt
(Related: Tax)

"Taxes should be lower, flatter, and simpler, in that order."
- David Boaz
(Related: Order, Taxes)

"I don't see a groundswell of people willing to raise gas taxes right now. That leaves fuel economy standards as the only effective tool we have as a nation to make a dent in our dangerous and ever growing consumption of oil."
- Sherwood Boehlert
(Related: People, Economy, Nation, Now, Oil, Right, Taxes)

"We have to deal with two issues. Spending and taxes."
- John Boehner
(Related: Taxes)

"Make no mistake, a 'yes' vote on the Democrats' health care bill is a vote for taxpayer-funded abortions."
- John Boehner
(Related: Health, Mistake, Care, Democrats, Vote)

"I talked to a lot of employers who just are, are fearful of what's coming next out of Washington. It's all the spending, it's all the debt. It's their national energy tax, they want to call it cap and trade - more mandates, higher costs, more taxes. Their healthcare bill - more mandates, higher costs, higher taxes."
- John Boehner
(Related: Debt, Energy, Tax, Healthcare, Taxes, Trade, Want, Washington)

"Listen, I think what's best for the economy and to create jobs is to extend all of the current tax rates - for all Americans. It - it begins to reduce the uncertainty. And for small businesspeople, they can look up and begin to plan."
- John Boehner
(Related: Americans, Economy, Tax, Jobs, Uncertainty)

"I am not for raising taxes on the American people in a soft economy."
- John Boehner
(Related: People, American, Economy, Taxes)

"If we don't act now, the death tax will come back in just a few years. Under current law the death tax is phased out in 2010 but comes back in full force in 2011. That is a ridiculous and untenable policy."
- Kit Bond
(Related: Death, Policy, Act, Force, Tax, Law, Now, Will, Years)

"We need to end permanently the tax that punishes American values of savings and investment and of building small businesses and family farms and ranches."
- Kit Bond
(Related: Family, Values, American, Building, End, Tax, Investment)

"The death tax should be completely and permanently repealed now in order to make the Tax Code fairer and simpler and to eliminate the harmful drag this tax has on the economy."
- Kit Bond
(Related: Death, Economy, Tax, Now, Order)

"The death tax punishes the American dream - making it virtually impossible for the average American family to build wealth across generations."
- Kit Bond
(Related: Death, Family, Dream, Wealth, American, Tax, Generations)

"The death tax is one of the leading causes of the dissolution of small businesses."
- Kit Bond
(Related: Death, Causes, Tax, Leading)

"Currently, not only are Americans taxed on what they earn, but those assets are taxed again when they are passed on to a loved one."
- Mary Bono
(Related: Americans)

"Bush is giving the rich a tax cut instead of putting that cut in the pockets of working people."
- Carol Moseley Braun
(Related: People, Tax, Giving)

"There is just one thing I can promise you about the outer-space program - your tax-dollar will go further."
- Wernher von Braun
(Related: Tax, Promise, Will)

"When people see the budget, they're going to say, 'Oh, my God, I wanted a tax cut, but I didn't know what you were going to do to health care and to Medicare and national defense.'"
- John Breaux
(Related: Health, God, People, Care, Defense, Tax)

"I have done almost every human activity inside a taxi which does not require main drainage."
- Alan Brien
"I suppose the White House thinks it's doing what Big Business wants, but it will lead to vastly increased taxes, because all these guest workers are to be allowed to bring their children."
- Peter Brimelow
(Related: Business, Children, Guest, Taxes, Will, Workers)

"For the first time in history, we declared war without financing it. Americans have not been asked to pay for it through taxes."
- David Broder
(Related: Time, War, History, Americans, First, Taxes)

"Something got screwed up in terms of your priorities if you think it's more important to get rid of the dividend tax than it is to take care of 11 million kids."
- David Broder
(Related: Care, Tax, Kids, Priorities)

"Whether we look at capitalism, taxes, business, or government, the data show a clear and consistent pattern: 70 percent of Americans support the free enterprise system and are unsupportive of big government."
- Arthur C. Brooks
(Related: Government, Business, Americans, Capitalism, Support, Taxes)

"We will have bigger bureaucracies, bigger labor unions, and bigger state-run corporations. It will be harder to be an entrepreneur because of punitive taxes and regulations. The rewards of success will be expropriated for the sake of attaining greater income equality."
- Arthur C. Brooks
(Related: Equality, Success, Corporations, Income, Labor, State, Taxes, Will)

"I've been held responsible for taxes I know nothing about."
- James Brown
(Related: Nothing, Taxes)

"Several unions have agreed to larger employee contributions for their members. Taxpayers are living with cuts and making sacrifices to deal with the reality of California's budget crisis, state workers are going to have to do the same."
- Jerry Brown
(Related: Crisis, Living, Reality, State, Workers)

"I am neither a free-trade man, willing to collect all the money we have to raise by direct tax upon the people, nor am I willing to lay a tax simply for protection when the Government does not need the money."
- Joseph E. Brown
(Related: Government, Money, People, Tax, Man, Protection)

"In speech after speech on his health care plan, the President has tried to convince us that what he is proposing will be good for America. But, how can it be good for America if it raises taxes by a half trillion dollars and costs a trillion dollars or more to implement?"
- Scott Brown
(Related: Health, America, Care, President, Speech, Taxes, Will)

"The Republicans are running wild with our tax dollars and it's been a mistake to let this administration continue a policy of incompetence when it comes to Iraq."
- Sherrod Brown
(Related: Mistake, Policy, Tax, Incompetence, Iraq, Republicans, Running)

"I'd sing with Roberta Flack in a taxi if you called up and said she'd be in it."
- Peabo Bryson
"Tax reform is taking the taxes off things that have been taxed in the past and putting taxes on things that haven't been taxed before."
- Art Buchwald
(Related: Tax, Past, Reform, Taxes)

"When we leave money in the hands of taxpayers, they buy things, they pay taxes, they grow government."
- Ken Buck
(Related: Government, Money, Taxes)

"I would like to electrocute everyone who uses the word "fair" in connection with income tax policies."
- William F. Buckley, Jr.
(Related: Connection, Tax, Income, Word)

"If anything, taxes for the lower and middle class and maybe even the upper middle class should even probably be cut further. But I think that people at the high end - people like myself - should be paying a lot more in taxes. We have it better than we've ever had it."
- Warren Buffett
(Related: People, Class, End, Middle class, Taxes)

"In a system where the cost of care is hidden by taxes levied on your income, property, and business activities, it is no wonder why so many Americans rely on Medicaid to pay their long term care."
- Michael Burgess
(Related: Business, Americans, Care, Income, Property, Taxes, Wonder)

"To tax and to please, no more than to love and to be wise, is not given to men."
- Edmund Burke
(Related: Love, Men, Tax)

"Too bad all the people who know how to run this country are busy running taxicabs or cutting hair."
- George Burns
(Related: People, Country, Hair, Running)

"Too bad that all the people who know how to run the country are busy driving taxicabs and cutting hair."
- George Burns
(Related: People, Country, Driving, Hair)

"I'm like the guy who prepares your taxes or a dentist. I'm very conservative and boring in a lot of ways."
- Augusten Burroughs
(Related: Conservative, Taxes)

"Read my lips: no new taxes."
- George H. W. Bush
(Related: Taxes)

"The financial crisis should not become an excuse to raise taxes, which would only undermine the economic growth required to regain our strength."
- George W. Bush
(Related: Financial, Growth, Strength, Crisis, Taxes)

"And the cornerstone of my economic policies, when I first got elected, was cutting taxes on everybody on who paid taxes."
- George W. Bush
(Related: First, Taxes)

"And what's interesting, and I don't think a lot of Americans understand this fact, is that, one, most new jobs are created by small businesses; two, most small businesses pay tax at the individual income tax, or many small businesses pay tax there."
- George W. Bush
(Related: Americans, Fact, Tax, Income, Jobs)

"Apparently there are some Democratic leaders in the Senate that are running for office who now believe in tax cuts."
- Jeb Bush
(Related: Tax, Leaders, Now, Office, Running, Senate, Tax cuts)

"The money the president wants to borrow for Iraq will come directly out of the American taxpayer wallets in the form of Medicare and Social Security receipts. That's your money."
- Robert Byrd
(Related: Money, American, Iraq, President, Security, Will)

"In order to fix Social Security, we must restructure it so that we continue to provide for our Nation's seniors that are approaching retirement age, but allow for younger taxpayers to invest a portion of their Social Security taxes in private accounts."
- Herman Cain
(Related: Age, Nation, Order, Retirement, Security, Taxes)

"Income tax filing and payment day should be moved from April 15th to November 1st so it can be close to election day. People ought to have their tax bills fresh in mind as they go to vote."
- Steven G. Calabresi
(Related: People, April, Day, Tax, Income, Mind, Vote)

"From where I am sitting much of the country now sees the President the way I have seen him since the campaign. He is an ambitious leftist, with little understanding of economics, and with far-reaching goals to create significant and irreversible growth of government and redistribution of wealth through dramatic changes in tax, regulatory, and spending policies."
- Charles W. Calomiris
(Related: Government, Goals, Growth, Wealth, Country, Economics, Tax, Now, President, Understanding)

"We must have a fair tax in the United States. We have to re-adjust it, we must be fiscally responsible."
- Peter Camejo
(Related: Tax, states, United)

"There's another way we are getting behind business - by sorting out the banks. Taxpayers bailed you out. Now it's time for you to repay the favour and start lending to Britain's small businesses."
- David Cameron
(Related: Business, Time, Banks, Now)

"The president, just as any other American, deserves a legal defense against personal lawsuits not related to his office. But the costs of that defense should be borne by him and not the taxpayer."
- Ben Nighthorse Campbell
(Related: Legal, American, Defense, Office, President)

"Note, besides, that it is no more immoral to directly rob citizens than to slip indirect taxes into the price of goods that they cannot do without."
- Albert Camus
(Related: Taxes)

"The Internet has exceeded our collective expectations as a revolutionary spring of information, news, and ideas. It is essential that we keep that spring flowing. We must not thwart the Internet's availability by taxing access to it."
- Chris Cannon
(Related: Ideas, Expectations, Information, Internet, News, Spring)

"It's all about the fungibility and money. If Planned Parenthood accesses hundreds of millions of dollars of taxpayer money and they use that for other purposes, then they can use other dollars to fund abortion."
- Eric Cantor
(Related: Money, Abortion, Parenthood)

"In a perfect world we would bring corporate tax rates down to 25% or less so we can get competitive in the world economy. Ultimately, I would love to see a flat tax."
- Eric Cantor
(Related: Love, Corporate, Economy, Tax, World)

"I am not for raising taxes in a recession, especially when it comes to job creators that we need so desperately to start creating jobs again."
- Eric Cantor
(Related: Job, Jobs, Taxes)

"What the president announced yesterday, is that somehow magically, if we just continue to prime the pump of taxpayer dollars, we're going to see magically an economic recovery."
- Eric Cantor
(Related: President, Yesterday)

"But the fact is, it's illegal for the Administration to spend North west taxpayers' money to develop this rate hike proposal, just so it can turn around and raise their energy rates."
- Maria Cantwell
(Related: Money, Energy, Fact)

"It is irresponsible for this Congress to not investigate the President's lack of an exit strategy, and the fraud, waste, and abuse of U.S. tax dollars."
- Russ Carnahan
(Related: Strategy, Abuse, Congress, Fraud, Tax, President, Waste)

"Not to be blasphemous, but I wonder if even the Holy Trinity understands the American tax code."
- Maurice Carroll
(Related: American, Tax, Trinity, Wonder)

"Lotteries, a tax upon imbeciles."
- Camillo di Cavour
(Related: Tax)

"The rich pay more in total taxes now than ever before - ever. It's true. Just like it's true that when the rich are convinced they're going to be taxed more, they spend less. And when the top few percenters don't spend, there goes all your spending, because they account for half of all retail spending."
- Neil Cavuto
(Related: Now, Taxes)

"Even with not having a balanced budget at this time, I support tax cuts. That will help limit spending."
- Steve Chabot
(Related: Time, Tax, Help, Support, Tax cuts, Will)

"You have to starve the Beast. That's one of the most important things about tax cuts. If you leave the money in Washington, it's going to be spent."
- Steve Chabot
(Related: Money, Tax, Tax cuts, Washington)

"On the issues that I care deeply about - the environment, Roe vs. Wade, the war in Iraq, with no weapons of mass destruction, the tax cuts that are now leading to deficits, I've got some deep issues with the president."
- Lincoln Chafee
(Related: War, Care, Deep, Destruction, Environment, Tax, Iraq, Leading, Now, President, Tax cuts, Weapons)

"Change of fashion is the tax levied by the industry of the poor on the vanity of the rich."
- Nicolas de Chamfort
(Related: Change, Fashion, Tax, Poor, Vanity)

"Congress has changed the Social Security system over time, and over 20 times in the past Congress has raised taxes on Social Security in payroll taxes into the system."
- Chris Chocola
(Related: Time, Congress, Past, Security, Taxes)

"If we do not act now to strengthen Social Security, the system that so many depend upon today will be unable to meet its promises to tomorrow's retirees, and it will burden our children and grandchildren with exhaustive taxes."
- Chris Chocola
(Related: Act, Burden, Children, Now, Promises, Security, Taxes, Today, Tomorrow, Will)

"The government needs to help those in need, but members of Congress shouldn't take advantage of the situation and use a national tragedy as an opportunity to spend taxpayer dollars on their pet projects."
- Chris Chocola
(Related: Government, Pet, Opportunity, Congress, Help, Needs, Projects, Tragedy)

"Higher taxes is the road to ruin. We must and we will shrink our government, and that means making some tough choices, tightening our belts."
- Chris Christie
(Related: Government, Choices, Road, Ruin, Taxes, Will)

"I said we are going to balance an $11 billion budget deficit in a $29 billion budget, so by percentage, the largest budget deficit in America, by percentage, larger than California, larger than New York, larger than Illinois. And we're going to balance that without raising taxes on the people of the state of New Jersey."
- Chris Christie
(Related: People, America, Balance, State, Taxes)

"And I just think that we're at a point in our economic life here in our state - and - and, candidly, across the country, where increased taxes is just the wrong way to go. The people of our state are not convinced that state government, county government, local government has done all they can with the money we already give them, rather than the money that we have before."
- Chris Christie
(Related: Government, Life, Money, People, Country, State, Taxes, Wrong)

"There is no such thing as a good tax."
- Winston Churchill
(Related: Tax)

"The best measure of a man's honesty isn't his income tax return. It's the zero adjust on his bathroom scale."
- Arthur C. Clarke
(Related: Honesty, Tax, Income, Man, Measure)

"The American taxpayer should not be treated more shabbily than debtors from other nations and we should be encouraging other nations to help rebuild Iraq's economy."
- Hillary Clinton
(Related: Encouraging, American, Economy, Help, Iraq, Nations)

"Many of you are well enough off that the tax cuts may have helped you. We're saying that for America to get back on track, we're probably going to cut that short and not give it to you. We're going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good."
- Hillary Clinton
(Related: America, Tax, May, Saying, Tax cuts)

"Countries that will not tax their elite who expect us to come in and help them serve their people are just not going to get the kind of help from us that historically they may have."
- Hillary Clinton
(Related: People, Countries, Tax, Help, May, Will)

"A salute from this corner to President Bush for saying he was willing to investigate raising or eliminating the cap on salaries subject to the Social Security tax."
- Nick Clooney
(Related: Tax, President, Saying, Security)

"Currently, 94 out of 100 of us pay the Social Security tax all year round."
- Nick Clooney
(Related: Tax, Security)

"The tendency of taxation is to create a class of persons who do not labor, to take from those who do labor the produce of that labor, and to give it to those who do not labor."
- William Cobbett
(Related: Class, Labor, Taxation)

"I therefore declare, that if you wish any remission of the taxation which falls upon the homes of the people of England and Wales, you can only find it by reducing the great military establishments, and diminishing the money paid to fighting men in time of peace."
- Richard Cobden
(Related: Men, Money, Peace, Time, People, EnglFighting, Military, Taxation)

"I look forward to working with our leadership team to advance the causes of smaller government, lower taxes, eliminating terrorism, and providing affordable health care, among other issues."
- Howard Coble
(Related: Health, Leadership, Government, Care, Causes, Taxes, Terrorism)

"After 20 years in Congress, I still believe that smaller government and lower taxes are the most effective economic policies."
- Howard Coble
(Related: Government, Congress, Taxes, Years)

"Eliminating the Death Tax will continue to restore consumer confidence, spur capital investment, and create new jobs which are critical components of economic growth, particularly within the small business community."
- Howard Coble
(Related: Business, Death, Growth, Community, Confidence, Tax, Investment, Jobs, Will)

"Welfare reform happened with reconciliation; half the Democrats voted for it. The Bush tax cuts happened with reconciliation; twelve Democratic Senators voted for it. You didn't have a real partisan issue on those times that it was used."
- Tom Coburn
(Related: Democrats, Tax, Reform, Senators, Tax cuts, Welfare)

"My favorite language for maintainability is Python. It has simple, clean syntax, object encapsulation, good library support, and optional named parameters."
- Bram Cohen
(Related: Favorite, Language, Support)

"Did you know that they introduced the 15 percent flat tax on individual and corporate income in Iraq? Something that some politicians very much wanted to push in the United States without success but in Iraq they do it."
- Juan Cole
(Related: Success, Corporate, Tax, Income, Iraq, Politicians, states, United)

"There's just one thing I can't figure out. My income tax!"
- Nat King Cole
(Related: Income)

"The key players are now all in place in Washington and in state governments across America to officially label carbon dioxide as a pollutant and enact laws that tax us citizens for our carbon footprints."
- John Coleman
(Related: America, Tax, Key, Laws, Now, State, Washington)

"I'd cap the total amount of income taxes paid by Americans to no more than 25 percent and tax all income only once."
- Cesar Conda
(Related: Americans, Tax, Income, Taxes)

"Growing up, being watched from the outside... it's kind of very taxing and maybe I should just do some kind of manual labor-it might be more relaxing. But I can't, it's not in my nature."
- Jennifer Connelly
(Related: Nature, Being, Growing up, Labor)

"Welfare reform happened with reconciliation; half the Democrats voted for it. The Bush tax cuts happened with reconciliation; twelve Democratic Senators voted for it. You didn't have a real partisan issue on those times that it was used."
- Kent Conrad
(Related: Democrats, Tax, Reform, Senators, Tax cuts, Welfare)

"The Beltway is waking up to the realities of Prsident Obam's budget plan, which taxes, spends, and borrows as far as the eye can see."
- Matthew Continetti
(Related: Eye, Taxes, Waking)

"The American taxpayers should not have to send one more penny on the Administration's Iraq misadventure. Let's give our troops the supplies they need to get out of Iraq safely. Let's bring our troops home."
- John Conyers
(Related: Home, American, Iraq, Troops)

"Collecting more taxes than is absolutely necessary is legalized robbery."
- Calvin Coolidge
(Related: Taxes)

"But I always seem to finish a book and then think, oh God, I've got to pay a tax bill, so I'd better write a novel, so I tend not to stop and learn word processing."
- Jilly Cooper
(Related: God, Tax, Word)

"While tax refunds amount to substantial income for many Americans, current IRS rules do not allow taxpayers to directly deposit their refund into more than one account."
- Jim Cooper
(Related: Americans, Tax, Income, Rules)

"Well, where is the money? Show me the money? Our allies have put up a few billion dollars, but the American taxpayer has been required to shoulder the burden of this war."
- Jim Cooper
(Related: War, Money, American, Burden)

"It is my absolute intent to hold the line on taxes."
- Jon Corzine
(Related: Taxes)

"The Crime Victims Fund is distributed to service providers who assist millions of crime victims annually throughout our communities in a host of ways. It is paid for by fines levied on criminals, not taxpayers."
- Jim Costa
(Related: Crime, Service, Victims)

"The New York Times editorial page is like a Ouija board that has only three answers, no matter what the question. The answers are: higher taxes, more restrictions on political speech and stricter gun control."
- Ann Coulter
(Related: Control, Answers, Question, Speech, Taxes)

"When we were at peace, Democrats wanted to raise taxes. Now there's a war, so Democrats want to raise taxes. When there was a surplus, Democrats wanted to raise taxes. Now that there is a mild recession, Democrats want to raise taxes."
- Ann Coulter
(Related: Peace, War, Democrats, Now, Taxes, Want)

"When you try to figure out what the religious right is, it ultimately comes down either to one man, Pat Robertson, or anyone who believes in a higher being and wants their taxes cut."
- Ann Coulter
(Related: Being, Man, Religious, Right, Taxes)

"Taxes are like abortion, and not just because both are grotesque procedures supported by Democrats. You're for them or against them. Taxes go up or down; government raises taxes or lowers them. But Democrats will not let the words "abortion" or "tax hikes" pass their lips."
- Ann Coulter
(Related: Government, Abortion, Democrats, Taxes, Will, Words)

"Lottery tickets are a surtax on desperation."
- Doug Coupland
(Related: Desperation)

"I have always paid income tax. I object only when it reaches a stage when I am threatened with having nothing left for my old age - which is due to start next Tuesday or Wednesday."
- Noel Coward
(Related: Age, Tax, Income, Nothing, Old)

"Congress has a responsibility to make sure our taxpayer dollars are being spent responsibly and effectively, and at the same time, that our men and women in uniform have everything they need to carry out the War on Terror."
- Larry Craig
(Related: Men, War, Women, Time, Being, Congress, Responsibility, Terror)

"While our nation faces many challenges that must be met regarding homeland security and our military readiness, it is imperative that we live within our means and wisely spend taxpayer dollars."
- Michael Crapo
(Related: Faces, Military, Nation, Security)

"New York State is upside down and backwards; high taxes and low performance. The New York State government was at one time a national model. Now, unfortunately, it's a national disgrace. Sometimes, the corruption in Albany could even make Boss Tweed blush."
- Andrew Cuomo
(Related: Government, Time, Boss, Performance, Blush, Corruption, Disgrace, Now, State, Taxes)

"If you can manipulate news, a judge can manipulate the law. A smart lawyer can keep a killer out of jail, a smart accountant can keep a thief from paying taxes, a smart reporter could ruin your reputation- unfairly."
- Mario Cuomo
(Related: Law, News, Reputation, Ruin, Taxes)

"So you keep raising these taxes, and all of a sudden the business community says, 'Why are we here? We can go someplace else and use their phones.' That's one of the problems that directly affects the business community."
- Richard M. Daley
(Related: Business, Community, Problems, Taxes)

"We say that anytime budgets are balanced and an ample savings account has been set aside, government should just stop collecting taxes. Better to leave that money in the pockets of those who earned it, than to let it burn a hole, as it always does, in the pockets of government."
- Mitch Daniels
(Related: Government, Money, Budgets, Taxes)

"We Hoosiers hold to some quaint notions. Some might say we 'cling' to them, though not out of fear or ignorance. We believe in paying our bills. We have kept our state in the black throughout the recent unpleasantness, while cutting rather than raising taxes, by practicing an old tribal ritual - we spend less money than we take in."
- Mitch Daniels
(Related: Money, Fear, Ignorance, Old, Ritual, State, Taxes)

"Make no mistake, tax cheaters cheat us all, and the IRS should enforce our laws to the letter."
- Tom Daschle
(Related: Mistake, Tax, Laws)

"On issues relating to taxes, you don't always speak with one voice."
- Tom Daschle
(Related: Taxes, Voice)

"The present government is very insistent that business sponsorship should replace government sponsorship of the arts. Business sponsorship won't happen unless you make tax concessions, which they won't."
- Peter Maxwell Davies
(Related: Business, Government, Tax, Present)

"What I want to do is create more taxpayers, not more taxes."
- Geoff Davis
(Related: Taxes, Want)

"Once again, the Republicans in the Senate have rejected an increase in the minimum wage. They support tax breaks for multi-millionaires, but they oppose helping the working poor to earn a decent income."
- Mark Dayton
(Related: Tax, Income, Poor, Republicans, Senate, Support, Wage)

"The Center for Immigration Studies found that illegal immigrants cost the United States taxpayer about $10.4 billion a year. A large part of that expense stems from the babies born each year to illegal immigrants."
- Nathan Deal
(Related: Babies, states, United)

"I think most people... would be glad to pay the same taxes they paid when Bill Clinton was president, if only they could have the same economy they had when Bill Clinton was president."
- Howard Dean
(Related: People, Economy, President, Taxes)

"Governors of both political parties face a stark choice between unpopular tax increases and drastic cuts in Medicaid, education, public safety and other essential services."
- Bill Delahunt
(Related: Education, Choice, Tax, Public, Safety, Tax increases)

"Uncollected sales taxes on Internet purchases cost the states more than $16 billion in 2001."
- Bill Delahunt
(Related: Internet, Sales, states, Taxes)

"Brick and mortar businesses - and the communities that depend on them - cannot continue to bear an unfair sales tax burden from which their on-line competitors are effectively exempt."
- Bill Delahunt
(Related: Burden, Tax, Sales)

"The Texas Energy Office's Loan Star Program has reduced building energy consumption and taxpayers' energy costs through the efficient operation of public buildings, saving taxpayers more than $172 million through energy efficiency projects."
- Rosa DeLauro
(Related: Building, Efficiency, Energy, Office, Projects, Public)

"You know, the Democrats want to balance the budget by raising spending and raising taxes. The Soviet Union had a balanced budget."
- Tom DeLay
(Related: Balance, Democrats, Taxes, Want)

"Nothing is more important in the face of a war than cutting taxes."
- Tom DeLay
(Related: War, Nothing, Taxes)

"The only thing that hurts more than paying an income tax is not having to pay an income tax."
- Thomas R. Dewar
(Related: Tax, Income)

"My decision on this matter is as certain and final as death and the staggering New Deal taxes."
- Thomas Dewey
(Related: Death, Decision, Taxes)

"You live these three months in this reality, in this dark reality. You don't want to do those films every year because they're taxing. I started smoking a lot of cigarettes."
- Vin Diesel
(Related: Months, Reality, Smoking, Want)

"I fail to understand how you can justify a poll tax on the entire population, yet exclude a significant proportion of that population from programmes that this tax is paying for."
- Jonathan Dimbleby
(Related: Tax, Population)

"Nobody in this country realizes that cap-and-trade is a tax - and it's a great big one."
- John Dingell
(Related: Country, Tax)

"To tax the community for the advantage of a class is not protection: it is plunder."
- Benjamin Disraeli
(Related: Class, Community, Tax)

"Low-income taxpayers deserve the same rights as everyone else. It was wrong of the IRS to target low-income taxpayers, and I am please by the decision to correct this unfair practice."
- Christopher Dodd
(Related: Decision, Rights, Practice, Wrong)

"The United States invented the Internet and it has been our gift to the world, paid for by our taxpayers. The U.N.'s desire to take that gift as a means of increasing its power must be stopped."
- John Doolittle
(Related: Power, Desire, Internet, states, United, World)

"The taxpayers deserve accountability."
- Byron Dorgan
"As I've often said, Wisconsin's greatest strength continues to be the dedicated, hardworking people of our state. They go to work everyday, pay their taxes, and raise their kids with good, Midwestern values."
- Jim Doyle
(Related: Work, People, Strength, Values, Kids, State, Taxes)

"Every day President Bush and Congress refuse to fulfill their obligation to special ed is another day Wisconsin property taxpayers are stuck with the bill. It's unfair, irresponsible and must stop."
- Jim Doyle
(Related: Congress, Day, Obligation, President, Property)

"When we played, World Series checks meant something. Now all they do is screw your taxes."
- Don Drysdale
(Related: Now, Taxes, World)

"Americans spend much of their adult lives paying taxes in various forms. We should end this practice of paying a tax that is triggered only by debt."
- Jennifer Dunn
(Related: Americans, Debt, End, Tax, Practice, Taxes)

"The death tax destroys family businesses and stifles investment that leads to increases in jobs and personal income. As a result, 70 percent of family-owned businesses are not passed on to the next generation and 87 percent do not make it to the third generation."
- Jennifer Dunn
(Related: Death, Family, Tax, Income, Investment, Jobs, Result)

"I'm being told it saves money to shoot in Toronto, because of tax benefits, the crews are cheaper, but what I save in the bottom line, I lose in a million other ways."
- Griffin Dunne
(Related: Money, Being, Benefits, Tax)

"Unfortunately the Republican tax cut will deny important revenues to many states facing their own deficits. This will create greater pressure for higher state and local taxes."
- Dick Durbin
(Related: Tax, Pressure, Republican, State, states, Taxes, Will)

"There's almost no way of doing importing honestly, because if you do you're at such a disadvantage competitively. So people spend huge amounts of effort getting around stupid laws and not paying taxes."
- Esther Dyson
(Related: People, Effort, Laws, Taxes)

"I think I have the right to know what Steve Forbes paid in taxes - I don't think there should be a law. I think there should be a presumption. I wouldn't vote for a guy who wouldn't reveal what he paid in taxes. That kind of thing."
- Esther Dyson
(Related: Law, Right, Taxes, Vote)

"I had hoped to let the one-half cent sales tax sunset this year, but we do not believe revenues will grow as fast as we hoped for the rest of the year."
- Michael F. Easley
(Related: Tax, Rest, Sales, Sunset, Will)

"The hardest thing to understand in the world is the income tax."
- Albert Einstein
(Related: Tax, Income, World)

"No, in Lethal Weapon I was a taxi cab driver that Mel jumps in front of the taxi and pulls me out of the car and steals the taxi. Then I did some other indie driving for some of the car sequences."
- David R. Ellis
(Related: Car, Driving)

"No collection of people who are all waiting for the same thing are capable of holding a natural conversation. Even if the thing they are waiting for is only a taxi."
- Ben Elton
(Related: People, Conversation, Waiting)

"For every benefit you receive a tax is levied."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
(Related: Tax)

"Until we can fully grasp the extent of corruption and fraud involved in the administration of the Oil-for-Food program, and until the United Nations decides to cooperate in the investigation, no American taxpayer dollars should go to the United Nations."
- John Ensign
(Related: American, Corruption, Fraud, Investigation, Nations, Oil, United)

"Now on a personal level with things like the California Tax Commission... I really think if people started banding together and saying no to this it could snowball and that could really help."
- Joe Eszterhas
(Related: People, Tax, Help, Now, Saying)

"I might say that in retrospect, looking at where the community college system is today, I think we may have gone too far. The community college system is so big, so broad, so consuming of tax money."
- Daniel J. Evans
(Related: Money, College, Community, Tax, May, Today)

"A Harris poll I've seen says only 12 percent of the electorate names taxes as one of the most important issues facing the nation. Voters put tax cuts dead last, behind education, Social Security, health care, Medicare and poverty."
- Lane Evans
(Related: Health, Education, Care, Tax, Names, Nation, Poverty, Security, Tax cuts, Taxes)

"I am such a strong admirer and supporter of George W. Bush that if he suggested eliminating the income tax or doubling it, I would vote yes on first blush."
- Jerry Falwell
(Related: Blush, First, Tax, Income, Vote)

"I ascribe a basic importance to the phenomenon of language. To speak means to be in a position to use a certain syntax, to grasp the morphology of this or that language, but it means above all to assume a culture, to support the weight of a civilization."
- Frantz Fanon
(Related: Civilization, Culture, Importance, Language, Support, Weight)

"There's not an appropriations bill in the last 10 years that the-that Democrats passed in the Congress. We haven't spent any money of your taxes in the last decade."
- Chaka Fattah
(Related: Money, Congress, Democrats, Taxes, Years)

"But the point you need to know is that no president at war cut taxes $1.5 trillion, like Bush did."
- Chaka Fattah
(Related: War, President, Taxes)

"The reward of energy, enterprise and thrift is taxes."
- William Feather
(Related: Energy, Reward, Taxes)

"No taxation without respiration."
- Tom Feeney
(Related: Taxation)

"It is my belief that tax credits only go to people who are making money, and they generally keep it."
- Diane Feinstein
(Related: Money, People, Belief, Tax)

"Increased government spending can provide a temporary stimulus to demand and output but in the longer run higher levels of government spending crowd out private investment or require higher taxes that weaken growth by reducing incentives to save, invest, innovate, and work."
- Martin Feldstein
(Related: Government, Work, Growth, Investment, Taxes)

"Only in Washington would death be considered a taxable event."
- Mike Ferguson
(Related: Death, Washington)

"And I have to tell you as a grandmother, I worry about the fact that my grandchildren are going to be paying for all the spending, including military spending, that has gone on and the tax cuts that have come through."
- Geraldine Ferraro
(Related: Fact, Tax, Military, Tax cuts, Worry)

"I think we ought to ban earmarks. I think we ought to give citizens the opportunity to designate up to 10 percent of their federal income tax toward debt reduction. If we did that, we would reduce our debt by $95 billion a year."
- Carly Fiorina
(Related: Opportunity, Debt, Tax, Income)

"The GAO just released a report that said 22 percent of federal programs fail to meet their objectives. The truth is we don't know how taxpayer money is spent in Washington, D.C., which is why I think we ought to put every agency budget up on the Internet for everyone to see."
- Carly Fiorina
(Related: Money, Truth, Internet, Objectives, Washington)

"We're not as materialistic and income-tax conscious as we think. At the moment our superstitions are tucked away, but come out sometimes in strange ways sex crimes, black masses."
- Terence Fisher
(Related: Sex, Income)

"The estate tax punishes years of hard work and robs families of part of their heritage by imposing a huge penalty on inheritance after death - a tax on money that has already been taxed."
- Mike Fitzpatrick
(Related: Death, Money, Work, Tax, Hard work, Inheritance, Years)

"Dying should not be a taxable event."
- Mike Fitzpatrick
(Related: Dying)

"Back then, the excise tax was designed to be a luxury tax for people who owned telephones."
- Mike Fitzpatrick
(Related: People, Excise, Tax, Luxury)

"Telephones are a virtual necessity - not a luxury - and the revenues collected by this tax flow into the general fund. But this once temporary tax remains and costs American taxpayers, our small businesses and families almost $6 billion dollars a year."
- Mike Fitzpatrick
(Related: American, Tax, Luxury, Necessity)

"We will attract more people to Kentucky by lowering our income tax rate. In fact, lowering the income tax rate is the single most important thing we can do to create opportunity."
- Ernie Fletcher
(Related: People, Opportunity, Fact, Tax, Income, Kentucky, Will)

"If you don't drink, smoke, or drive a car, you're a tax evader."
- Thomas S. Foley
(Related: Car, Tax)

"And it would be fair. Everyone will pay the same tax and it will eliminate tax cheaters and corporate shenanigans."
- Steve Forbes
(Related: Corporate, Tax, Will)

"You've got to either say you're going to cut taxes and find some spending cuts. I think we ought to reform long-term entitlement spending in the country, but you can't out of one side of your mouth say, 'Yes, we're for tax cuts, we're for spending discipline, and we're for bringing down the debt.'"
- Harold Ford
(Related: Discipline, Country, Debt, Tax, Reform, Tax cuts, Taxes)

"I get out of the taxi and it's probably the only city which in reality looks better than on the postcards, New York."
- Milos Forman
(Related: Reality)

"The Clinton tax increase - which was an increase in taxes primarily on upper-income people - not only made the tax code more nearly progressive, it preceded one of the most productive economic periods in American life."
- Barney Frank
(Related: Life, People, American, Tax, Taxes)

"Certainty? In this world nothing is certain but death and taxes."
- Benjamin Franklin
(Related: Death, Certainty, Nothing, Taxes, World)

"In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes."
- Benjamin Franklin
(Related: Death, Nothing, Taxes, World)

"Was I always going to be here? No I was not. I was going to be homeless at one time, a taxi driver, truck driver, or any kind of job that would get me a crust of bread. You never know what's going to happen."
- Morgan Freeman
(Related: Time, Job)

"I just want Texas to be number one in something other than executions, toll roads and property taxes."
- Kinky Friedman
(Related: Property, Taxes, Want)

"We have a system that increasingly taxes work and subsidizes nonwork."
- Milton Friedman
(Related: Work, Taxes)

"The most important ways in which I think the Internet will affect the big issue is that it will make it more difficult for government to collect taxes."
- Milton Friedman
(Related: Government, Internet, Taxes, Will)

"I am favor of cutting taxes under any circumstances and for any excuse, for any reason, whenever it's possible."
- Milton Friedman
(Related: Circumstances, Reason, Taxes)

"Inflation is taxation without legislation."
- Milton Friedman
(Related: Inflation, Legislation, Taxation)

"Inflation is the one form of taxation that can be imposed without legislation."
- Milton Friedman
(Related: Inflation, Legislation, Taxation)

"Let's be very honest about what this is about. It's not about bashing Democrats, it's not about taxes, they have no idea what the Boston tea party was about, they don't know their history at all. This is about hating a black man in the White House. This is racism straight up."
- Janeane Garofalo
(Related: History, Idea, Boston, Democrats, Man, Party, Racism, Taxes, Tea)

"When you want to do your homework, fill out your tax return, or see all the choices for a trip you want to take, you need a full-size screen."
- Bill Gates
(Related: Choices, Tax, Want)

"The world is likely to view any temporary extension of the income tax cuts for the top two percent as a prelude to a long-term or permanent extension, and that would hurt economic recovery as well by undermining confidence that we're prepared to make a commitment today to bring down our future deficits."
- Timothy Geithner
(Related: Commitment, Confidence, Future, Tax, Hurt, Income, Tax cuts, Today, World)

"What is not fair now is that corporations pay less and less tax, which means that you and I pay more because we're rooted somewhere, they've got our address, right?"
- Susan George
(Related: Corporations, Tax, Now, Right)

"Why would we want to keep a tax cut that's failed? Why would we not want to go back to the Clinton tax code? And why would we not want to help every family more with a health-care plan like mine? Let's help average people. Let's be Democrats."
- Dick Gephardt
(Related: Family, People, Health, Democrats, Tax, Help, Want)

"I'm a terrible singer, but it helps when I have to call a taxi."
- Gordon Getty
"If, if more stimulus means more tax cuts to small businesses, if, if more stimulus means middle class tax cuts, then I'm for it."
- Alexi Giannoulias
(Related: Class, Tax, Middle class, Tax cuts)

"In the middle of a recession no tax increase is justified because it kills jobs, and any tax increase is a job-killing measure and should be defeated."
- Newt Gingrich
(Related: Tax, Job, Jobs, Measure)

"An energy tax punishes senior citizens, it punishes rural Americans, if you use electricity it punishes you. This bill will increase your cost of living and may kill your job."
- Newt Gingrich
(Related: Americans, Electricity, Energy, Tax, Job, Living, May, Will)

"Is there any reason why the American people should be taxed to guarantee the debts of banks, any more than they should be taxed to guarantee the debts of other institutions, including merchants, the industries, and the mills of the country?"
- Carter Glass
(Related: People, American, Banks, Country, Reason)

"I'm proud to pay taxes in the United States; the only thing is, I could be just as proud for half the money."
- Arthur Godfrey
(Related: Money, states, Taxes, United)

"The income tax created more criminals than any other single act of government."
- Barry Goldwater
(Related: Government, Act, Tax, Income)

"Where is the politician who has not promised to fight to the death for lower taxes- and who has not proceeded to vote for the very spending projects that make tax cuts impossible?"
- Barry Goldwater
(Related: Death, Fight, Tax, Projects, Tax cuts, Taxes, Vote)

"In general, anyone who paid the long distance telephone tax will get the refund on their 2006 federal income tax return. This includes individuals, businesses and non-profit organizations."
- Virgil Goode
(Related: Tax, Income, Will)

"Cutting taxes for very high income people an average of more than $100,000 a year for people that make more than a million dollars a year is not an effective way to get the economy going."
- Austan Goolsbee
(Related: People, Economy, Income, Taxes)

"If a lobbyist sets up shop, or a lawyer, in which they're receiving income through what is something like a tax loophole so that it's not counting as corporate income, that is what this is counting as a small business."
- Austan Goolsbee
(Related: Business, Corporate, Tax, Income)

"I don't believe, the president doesn't believe, that the high income tax cuts work, period. I don't think the evidence supports that."
- Austan Goolsbee
(Related: Work, Tax, Income, President, Tax cuts)

"For policy makers interested in using tax policy to stimulate investments or especially to smooth business cycle fluctuations, the results are not promising."
- Austan Goolsbee
(Related: Business, Policy, Tax, Results)

"Commercials on television are similar to sex and taxes; the more talk there is about them, the less likely they are to be curbed."
- Jack Gould
(Related: Sex, Talk, Taxes, Television)

"I would give relief from the first $10,000 of the payroll tax. I would allow small businesses to accelerate depreciation so they would have an incentive to buy now rather than defer. I would also give to the states $40 billion of relief."
- Bob Graham
(Related: First, Tax, Now, states)

"It's fundamentally unfair to have so much of the tax relief go to so few. And it is a 10-year tax plan rather than one, as mine, focused on the next two years, which in my opinion is the critical time to jumpstart the economy."
- Bob Graham
(Related: Time, Economy, Tax, Opinion, Years)

"If you increase taxes now on - at any level, it's going to make it harder to create jobs And we've lost 2 1/2 million jobs since the stimulus package passed. We're at 9.6 unemployment. So I don't think we tax too little, I think we spend too much."
- Lindsey Graham
(Related: Tax, Jobs, Now, Taxes, Unemployment)

"It's not fair to say that people who work with their head or with their hands ought to pay taxes, but people who earn their living with capital ought not to."
- Phil Gramm
(Related: Work, People, Living, Taxes)

"Complacency by the watchdogs hurts both taxpayers and beneficiaries."
- Charles Grassley
"Look, I'm very much in favor of tax cuts, but not with borrowed money. And the problem that we've gotten into in recent years is spending programs with borrowed money, tax cuts with borrowed money, and at the end of the day that proves disastrous. And my view is I don't think we can play subtle policy here."
- Alan Greenspan
(Related: Money, Policy, Day, End, Tax, Play, Tax cuts, Years)

"Whatever you tax, you get less of."
- Alan Greenspan
(Related: Tax)

"I wouldn't mind paying taxes - if I knew they were going to a friendly country."
- Dick Gregory
(Related: Country, Mind, Taxes)

"Bringing the troops home is necessary not just for the future of Iraq, but also for the people of the United States. We must stop the hemorrhaging of tax dollars that could go to meet our Nation's vital domestic needs."
- Raul Grijalva
(Related: Home, People, Future, Tax, Iraq, Nation, Needs, states, Troops, United)

"The tax laws are written by men with considerable net worth, and with little understanding of what wage-earners must do to make ends meet."
- Martin L. Gross
(Related: Men, Tax, Laws, Understanding, Wage, Worth)

"The left is being funded primarily by the drug traffickers who provide this tax money and that's why the guerrillas in Colombia, unlike the guerrillas anywhere else in Latin America, have been able to survive for 40 years because they have a hard, solid source of income."
- Alma Guillermoprieto
(Related: Money, America, Being, Tax, Income, Years)

"As I said in my state of the state address, we can no longer rely on gaming and sales taxes to pay our way. Indian gaming next door in California is eroding our major industry in Nevada."
- Kenny Guinn
(Related: Sales, State, Taxes)

"Nevada once again has shown double digit increases in tax revenue... Nevada continues to show economic stability with its desirable business climate and booming tourism sector."
- Kenny Guinn
(Related: Business, Climate, Tax, Stability)

"Let me respond with a few points, the first being that all immigrants pay taxes, income taxes, property taxes, sales taxes, gasoline taxes, cigarette taxes, every tax when they make a purchase."
- Luis Gutierrez
(Related: Being, First, Tax, Income, Property, Sales, Taxes)

"As far as income tax payments go, sources vary in their accounts, but a range of studies find that immigrants pay between $90 billion and $140 billion in Federal, State, and local taxes."
- Luis Gutierrez
(Related: Tax, Income, State, Taxes)

"The ambiguities of language, both in terms of vocabulary and syntax, are fascinating: how important connotation is, what is lost and what is gained in the linguistic transition."
- Marilyn Hacker
(Related: Language, Vocabulary)

"The pull between sound and syntax creates a kind of musical tension in the language that interests me."
- Marilyn Hacker
(Related: Language, Sound, Tension)

"When you translate poetry in particular, you're obliged to look at how the writer with whom you're working puts together words, sentences, phrases, the triple tension between the line of verse, the syntax and the sentence."
- Marilyn Hacker
(Related: Poetry, Tension, Words, Writer)

"Well yes so far, I was recently in Germany and they had me do six book signings a day and that was too much so I had them cut it down to about three. It becomes taxing at times but its a lot of fun and you meet a lot of nice people."
- Larry Hagman
(Related: People, Day, Fun, Germany)

"Let them march all they want, as long as they continue to pay their taxes."
- Alexander Haig
(Related: March, Taxes, Want)

"Taxpayers will not stand for - nor should they - the funding of poster sites, leaflets or advertising. What people will support is funding for political education, for training, for party organization."
- Peter Hain
(Related: Education, People, Advertising, Party, Support, Training, Will)

"People try to live within their income so they can afford to pay taxes to a government that can't live within its income."
- Robert Half
(Related: Government, People, Income, Taxes)

"The U.S. states that allow for citizens' initiatives tend to have fewer laws and lower taxes than the ones that don't. But the beauty of the system is that it encourages the spread of best practice."
- Daniel Hannan
(Related: Beauty, Laws, Practice, states, Taxes)

"I don't know what to do or where to turn in this taxation matter. Somewhere there must be a book that tells all about it, where I could go to straighten it out in my mind. But I don't know where the book is, and maybe I couldn't read it if I found it."
- Warren G. Harding
(Related: Mind, Taxation)

"While President Bush's tax give-aways for the rich are pushing us further into debt, he compensates by increasing the out-of-pocket costs to our veterans."
- Tom Harkin
(Related: Debt, Tax, President, Veterans)

"The President must stop gambling with taxpayers' money and get the country back on the path of fiscal sanity."
- Tom Harkin
(Related: Money, Country, Gambling, President, Sanity)

"As a religion, bilingualism is the god that failed. It has led to no fairness, produced no unity, and cost Canadian taxpayers untold millions."
- Stephen Harper
(Related: God, Religion, Unity)

"Many attempts had been made by colonial legislatures to cut off or to tax the importation of slaves."
- Albert Bushnell Hart
(Related: Tax)

"Our economy is robust and will remain strong as more Americans who want a job find one. Republican economic policies based on tax relief are working for the American people."
- Dennis Hastert
(Related: People, American, Americans, Economy, Tax, Job, Republican, Want, Will)

"Priorities like winning the War on Terror and providing tax relief that will keep our economy growing strong."
- Dennis Hastert
(Related: War, Winning, Economy, Tax, Priorities, Terror, Will)

"The Tort Tax adds to the cost of everything we buy because businesses and manufacturers have to cover themselves and their employees - just in case they get sued by a greedy personal injury lawyer."
- Dennis Hastert
(Related: Employees, Tax, Injury)

"Death just shouldn't be a taxable event."
- Dennis Hastert
(Related: Death)

"On Capitol Hill, House Republicans have been doing our part. We've been hard at work developing policies that will help empower all Americans. We're beginning to see results. We reduced taxes for everyone."
- Dennis Hastert
(Related: Work, Americans, Beginning, Help, Republicans, Results, Taxes, Will)

"One way we gave small businesses more money to invest was by extending tax provisions on expensing. This allows businesses to immediately write off things like equipment, without being burdened by depreciation requirements."
- Dennis Hastert
(Related: Money, Being, Tax)

"If Americans want to see results instead of rhetoric, if taxpayers would like solutions instead of sound bites, and hard work instead of horse trading, I suggest you take a short look, and it won't take much longer, at the accomplishments of this Congress."
- Alcee Hastings
(Related: Work, Accomplishments, Americans, Congress, Hard work, Results, Rhetoric, Sound, Want)

"This is a form of double taxation and it's simply unfair."
- Doc Hastings
(Related: Taxation)

"Unfortunately, actions taken by the Senate ensured that relief from the death tax would only be temporary and that it would come back to life at the full rate again in 2011."
- Doc Hastings
(Related: Death, Life, Actions, Tax, Senate)

"With the permanent elimination of this tax, farmers and business owners will have the sense of security they need to plan for the financial future of their business or farm and their family."
- Doc Hastings
(Related: Business, Family, Financial, Future, Tax, Security, Sense, Will)

"With my support, the House of Representatives recently voted to permanently repeal the death tax so that family farms and businesses can be passed down to children and grandchildren."
- Doc Hastings
(Related: Death, Family, Children, Tax, Support)

"In 2001, Congress passed much needed tax relief to allow Americans to keep more of their hard earned money and spend it as they see fit - rather than how the federal government sees fit."
- Doc Hastings
(Related: Government, Money, Americans, Congress, Tax)

"In six short years, small business owners and family farmers will once again be assessed a tax on the value of their property at the time of their death, despite having paid taxes throughout their lifetime."
- Doc Hastings
(Related: Business, Family, Time, Death, Tax, Property, Taxes, Value, Will, Years)

"I hope that the Senate acts quickly to pass this legislation so that Americans will no longer worry about having to sell the family farm or business to pay taxes after the death of a loved one."
- Doc Hastings
(Related: Business, Death, Family, Hope, Americans, Legislation, Senate, Taxes, Will, Worry)

"Low unemployment numbers are clear indicators that Republican tax relief and economic policies are spurring growth and helping businesses hire new workers while providing American families with job security."
- J. D. Hayworth
(Related: Growth, American, Tax, Job, Numbers, Republican, Security, Unemployment, Workers)

"The tax relief package enacted in 2001 was central to pulling the economy out of the post 9-11 recession. It's the reason we've got low unemployment and have created more than two million jobs in the last year."
- J. D. Hayworth
(Related: Economy, Tax, Jobs, Post, Reason, Unemployment)

"The American people are not just being taxed to death; they're being taxed after death. But, no one should have to sell the life's work of a parent or a loved one just to pay the federal government."
- J. D. Hayworth
(Related: Government, Work, Death, People, Life, American, Being)

"New technologies such as solar systems or hybrid cars aren't created overnight. By extending these tax credits we are giving this industry time to grow, branch out and succeed."
- J. D. Hayworth
(Related: Time, Tax, Giving, Succeed)

"The difference between tax avoidance and tax evasion is the thickness of a prison wall."
- Denis Healey
(Related: Difference, Tax, Prison)

"Most people sell stock to pay taxes, but I didn't want to sell any stock."
- Christie Hefner
(Related: People, Taxes, Want)

"Be wary of strong drink. It can make you shoot at tax collectors... and miss."
- Robert A. Heinlein
(Related: Tax)

"April is tax month. If you are having trouble filing your taxes, then you should hire an accountant. They'll give you the same advice that they've given hundreds of corporations - taxes are for douche bags."
- Ed Helms
(Related: Advice, April, Corporations, Tax, Taxes, Trouble)

"Only the little people pay taxes."
- Leona Helmsley
(Related: People, Taxes)

"We don't pay taxes. Only the little people pay taxes."
- Leona Helmsley
(Related: People, Taxes)

"You know, one of the biggest thrills I have is when famous people recognize me from Taxi."
- Marilu Henner
(Related: People, Famous)

"It is the small owner who offers the only really profitable and reliable material for taxation. He is made for taxation."
- Auberon Herbert
(Related: Taxation)

"Every tax or rate, forcibly taken from an unwilling person, is immoral and oppressive."
- Auberon Herbert
(Related: Tax)

"The level of taxation is driven by spending. Less spending leads to lower taxes."
- Gregory D. Hess
(Related: Taxation, Taxes)

"Well, we have certainly produced great art before we did this. In my view, there are any number of areas of government which tax money should not be spent."
- Charlton Heston
(Related: Art, Government, Money, Tax)

"There's always somebody who is paid too much, and taxed too little - and it's always somebody else."
- Cullen Hightower
"We need to work together, on a bipartisan basis, to create new jobs, increase job training, enact real and substantive middle class tax relief, and reward companies that create jobs at home."
- Ruben Hinojosa
(Related: Home, Work, Class, Tax, Job, Jobs, Middle class, Reward, Training)

"Missouri remains a low tax, efficiently run state, according to all prominent national rankings."
- Bob Holden
(Related: Tax, State)

"Coal research and development provides huge benefits for the nation, and pay for itself many times over through taxes flowing back to the Treasury from expanded economic activity."
- Tim Holden
(Related: Development, Benefits, Nation, Research, Taxes)

"We shall tax and tax, and spend and spend, and elect and elect."
- Harry Hopkins
(Related: Tax)

"Pray a little more, work a little harder, save, wait, be patient and, most of all, live within our means. That's the American way. It's not spending ourselves into prosperity or taxing ourselves into prosperity."
- Mike Huckabee
(Related: Work, American, Prosperity)

"Arizona is a national leader in school choice with both charter schools and tuition tax credits giving parents and their children more school choices than ever before."
- Jane D. Hull
(Related: Leader, Children, Choice, Choices, Tax, Giving, Parents, School, Schools)

"We ought, therefore, to lessen the price of food to our manufacturers, and place them more on a level with the manufacturers who have cheaper food, and also much lighter taxation."
- Joseph Hume
(Related: Food, Taxation)

"And that does concern me, because we're not getting enough back for our taxes that we're paying. I think we really have to look at the whole sort of area."
- Rex Hunt
(Related: Concern, Taxes)

"I have long believed taxpayers make better use of their money than the government ever could."
- Kay Bailey Hutchison
(Related: Government, Money)

"Texans should not be taxed on our taxes."
- Kay Bailey Hutchison
(Related: Taxes)

"I do not think our priorities are misplaced when we are looking at creating a whole new class of children from these gay marriages who could end up completely dependent on the State, on the taxpayers - the American people."
- James Inhofe
(Related: People, American, Children, Class, End, Gay, Priorities, State)

"We've outpaced Japan and Europe in creating new jobs, but there's major competition from India and China. It's not enough to make income tax cuts permanent."
- Ernest Istook
(Related: Competition, Europe, Tax, Income, Jobs, Tax cuts)

"Research and development needs permanent tax credits to build the technology that spurs our growth. But no government programs alone can get America's students to study more science and math; parents must push and help their children to meet this goal."
- Ernest Istook
(Related: Government, Science, Technology, Development, Goal, Growth, America, Children, Tax, Help, Needs, Parents, Research, Students, St)

"I've done my time in being broke in Indonesia. Eating Goat soup. Australia's a developed country, you've got a lot of taxes, rents are high and its quite difficult to survive as an artist especially when you are just coming up."
- Andrew Jack
(Related: Time, Artist, Being, Country, Eating, Taxes)

"Every diminution of the public burdens arising from taxation gives to individual enterprise increased power and furnishes to all the members of our happy confederacy new motives for patriotic affection and support."
- Andrew Jackson
(Related: Power, Affection, Motives, Public, Support, Taxation)

"The wisdom of man never yet contrived a system of taxation that would operate with perfect equality."
- Andrew Jackson
(Related: Equality, Wisdom, Man, Taxation)

"My money goes to my agent, then to my accountant and from him to the tax man."
- Glenda Jackson
(Related: Money, Tax, Man)

"The budget does not adequately fund important domestic programs, promotes tax cuts to the detriment of other priorities and does little to put our nation's fiscal house in order."
- Jim Jeffords
(Related: Tax, Nation, Order, Priorities, Tax cuts)

"Throughout his life, Ronald Reagan believed America is capable of great things and its people could and would lead the way if left unburdened by taxation and regulation."
- William L. Jenkins
(Related: Life, People, America, Taxation)

"Many states rely on sales tax as their principle source of revenue and do not have a State income tax."
- William L. Jenkins
(Related: Tax, Income, Sales, State, states)

"It's really changed me. For the first time I'm in favor of the Bush tax cuts."
- Ken Jennings
(Related: Time, First, Tax, Tax cuts)

"Tax bills create wealth. They help people live better."
- Nancy Johnson
(Related: People, Wealth, Tax, Help)

"Taxing poor families runs counter to decades of effort to help people lift themselves out of poverty through work."
- Nicholas Johnson
(Related: Work, People, Effort, Help, Poor, Poverty)

"Simply cutting the taxes for America's wealthiest families is clearly not creating the needed new jobs, and that strategy is unlikely to succeed in the future."
- Tim Johnson
(Related: Strategy, America, Future, Jobs, Succeed, Taxes)

"Higher income taxes are a razor guillotine poised to descend on the bare neck of prosperity."
- Thomas H. Kean
(Related: Income, Prosperity, Taxes)

"The economic impact of illegal immigration on taxpayers is catastrophic."
- Ric Keller
"The death tax causes one-third of all family-owned small businesses to liquidate after the death of the owner. It is also an unfair tax because the assets have already been taxed once at their income level."
- Ric Keller
(Related: Death, Family, Causes, Tax, Income)

"Illegal immigration costs taxpayers $45 billion a year in health care, education, and incarceration expenses."
- Ric Keller
(Related: Health, Education, Care)

"Every time in this century we've lowered the tax rates across the board, on employment, on saving, investment and risk-taking in this economy, revenues went up, not down."
- Jack Kemp
(Related: Time, Economy, Tax, Investment, Risk, Risk-taking)

"The tax on capital gains directly affects investment decisions, the mobility and flow of risk capital... the ease or difficulty experienced by new ventures in obtaining capital, and thereby the strength and potential for growth in the economy."
- John F. Kennedy
(Related: Growth, Strength, Decisions, Difficulty, Economy, Tax, Investment, Potential, Risk)

"So if we are really concerned about generating more taxes, we ought to be investing in our people, not taking away the kinds of resources that contribute to their ability to become greater taxpayers in this country."
- Patrick J. Kennedy
(Related: People, Ability, Country, Taxes)

"Thinking is one thing no one has ever been able to tax."
- Charles Kettering
(Related: Tax, Thinking)

"We must take away the government's credit card. With limits on both tax revenue and borrowing, the Federal government would finally be forced to get serious about spending cuts."
- Alan Keyes
(Related: Government, Borrowing, Credit, Tax, Limits)

"The income tax is a twentieth-century socialist experiment that has failed. Before the income tax was imposed on us just 80 years ago, government had no claim to our income. Only sales, excise, and tariff taxes were allowed."
- Alan Keyes
(Related: Government, Excise, Tax, Income, Sales, Taxes, Years)

"The avoidance of taxes is the only intellectual pursuit that still carries any reward."
- John Maynard Keynes
(Related: Pursuit, Reward, Taxes)

"New rumors that Saddam Hussein is planning to flee to a castle in Libya with 10 billion dollars. Now President Bush doesn't know whether to nuke him or give him a tax cut."
- Craig Kilborn
(Related: Tax, Now, Planning, President, Rumors)

"The politician's promises of yesterday are the taxes of today."
- Mackenzie King
(Related: Promises, Taxes, Today, Yesterday)

"But we need to quit taxing people upon death. No taxation without respiration."
- Steve King
(Related: Death, People, Taxation)

"I wish that the Democrats would put some effort into Social Security reform, illegal immigration's reform, tax reform, or some of the other real issues that are out there."
- Jack Kingston
(Related: Democrats, Effort, Tax, Reform, Security)

"Once, I took a taxi. I hate those limousines. They stink and their drivers have been driving dead people to the cemeteries."
- Klaus Kinski
(Related: People, Driving, Hate)

"Our forefathers made one mistake. What they should have fought for was representation without taxation."
- Fletcher Knebel
(Related: Mistake, Taxation)

"That taxes may be the ostensible cause is true, but that they are the true cause is as far remote from truth as light from darkness."
- Henry Knox
(Related: Truth, Cause, Darkness, Light, May, Taxes)

"Men at a distance, who have admired our systems of government unfounded in nature, are apt to accuse the rulers, and say that taxes have been assessed too high and collected too rigidly."
- Henry Knox
(Related: Government, Men, Nature, Taxes)

"The tax code is not the only area where the administration is helping the rich get richer and the poor get poorer. It has spent $155 billion for an unnecessary war driven by fear."
- Dennis Kucinich
(Related: War, Fear, Tax, Poor)

"The death tax is unfair, inefficient, economically unsound and, frankly, immoral."
- Jon Kyl
(Related: Death, Tax)

"What good will a tax break do me if I'm crippled for life?"
- Alan Ladd
(Related: Life, Tax, Will)

"I will cut all state taxes by at least one third."
- Sonny Landham
(Related: State, Taxes, Will)

"For the last 50 years, the federal government has taken out of the Gulf Coast $165 billion in taxes that came from oil and gas off of our coast that went to the federal Treasury, to rebuild all places in America except the place that it came from."
- Mary Landrieu
(Related: Government, America, Oil, Taxes, Years)

"If leaders in the space program had at its beginning in the 1940s, pointed out the benefits to people on earth rather than emphasizing the search for proof of evolution in space, the program would have saved $100 billion in tax money and achieved greater results."
- Walter Lang
(Related: Money, People, Beginning, Benefits, Earth, Evolution, Tax, Leaders, Proof, Results, Space)

"Stax was rejoicing in the difference in who we are, and that's what you see in the film."
- Ted Lange
(Related: Difference, Film)

"I never can pass by the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York without thinking of it not as a gallery of living portraits but as a cemetery of tax-deductible wealth."
- Lewis H. Lapham
(Related: Art, Wealth, Tax, Living, Portraits, Thinking)

"I strongly support tax relief for the middle class."
- Rick Larsen
(Related: Class, Tax, Middle class, Support)

"I ask the American people to consider the legacy this administration has handed us in the defense budget as we spend billions of U.S. taxpayer dollars without the tools and ability to track these dollars."
- Rick Larsen
(Related: People, Ability, American, Defense, Tools)

"Congress had the opportunity to extend tax relief to working families without increasing the deficit. Instead, we were handed a bill that favors the wealthy and eliminates deductions that benefit the middle class."
- Rick Larsen
(Related: Opportunity, Class, Congress, Favors, Tax, Middle class)

"I say I don't need a tax cut. It will not do me any more good. I can't buy more, I can't eat more, I can't do more, and I want it distributed among the ordinary people who work every day."
- Frank Lautenberg
(Related: Work, People, Day, Tax, Want, Will)

"One of the things we worry about when we cut the tax on gasoline is that it basically stimulates additional use."
- Edward Lazear
(Related: Tax, Worry)

"Calling a taxi in Texas is like calling a rabbi in Iraq."
- Fran Lebowitz
(Related: Iraq)

"On my income tax 1040 it says "Check this box if you are blind." I wanted to put a check mark about three inches away."
- Tom Lehrer
(Related: Blind, Tax, Income)

"The way to crush the bourgeoisie is to grind them between the millstones of taxation and inflation."
- Vladimir Lenin
(Related: Inflation, Taxation)

"Sadly, the President's budget proposal for the upcoming year once again puts cutting taxes for the wealthiest Americans over addressing our country's severe fiscal problems."
- Carl Levin
(Related: Americans, Country, President, Problems, Taxes)

"The way taxes are, you might as well marry for love."
- Joe E. Lewis
(Related: Love, Taxes)

"Identity theft involving these cards is a growing form of white collar crime, facilitating illegal immigration, banking and accounting fraud, tax evasion, and other nefarious activities."
- Ron Lewis
(Related: Cards, Crime, Fraud, Tax, Identity, Theft)

"Obama's health care plan will be written by a committee whose head, John Conyers, says he doesn't understand it. It'll be passed by Congress that has not read it, signed by a president who smokes, funded by a Treasury chief who didn't pay his taxes, overseen by a Surgeon General who is obese, and financed by a country that's nearly broke. What could possibly go wrong?"
- Rush Limbaugh
(Related: Health, Care, Committee, Congress, Country, President, Taxes, Will, Wrong)

"No nation ever taxed itself into prosperity."
- Rush Limbaugh
(Related: Nation, Prosperity)

"Will some reporter, or some Republican on the Sunday shows, please ask why tax cuts raid the non-existent Social Security Trust Fund but all the Democrats' new spending doesn't? Will someone please ask that?"
- Rush Limbaugh
(Related: Trust, Democrats, Tax, Republican, Security, Tax cuts, Will)

"Liberal Democrats are inexorably opposed to tax cuts, because tax cuts give people more power, and take away from the role of government."
- Rush Limbaugh
(Related: Government, Power, People, Democrats, Tax, Liberal, Tax cuts)

"If Thomas Jefferson thought taxation without representation was bad, he should see how it is with representation."
- Rush Limbaugh
(Related: Thought, Taxation)

"Spending and tax cut decisions must be both fiscally responsible and fair to our working families. I believe that fiscal responsibility is the way to create prosperity for America and secure the retirement of America's seniors."
- Blanche Lincoln
(Related: America, Decisions, Tax, Prosperity, Responsibility, Retirement)

"You replace it by 23 percent tax, a frank, transparent tax embedded in the cost at retail, and everybody gets to takes their whole check home. And the average income earner gets a 50 percent increase in take-home pay."
- John Linder
(Related: Home, Tax, Income)

"I think that anybody's craft is fascinating. A taxi driver talking about taxi driving is going to be very, very interesting."
- James Lipton
(Related: Driving, Talking)

"Nothing in life is certain except death, taxes and the second law of thermodynamics."
- Seth Lloyd
(Related: Life, Death, Law, Nothing, Taxes)

"I think there needs to be a way to allow people to become educated if they've paid taxes, they've been here a long time. And I think, actually, we need to think about young people are not making the decision on whether to come here."
- Zoe Lofgren
(Related: Time, People, Decision, Needs, Taxes)

"A tax loophole is something that benefits the other guy. If it benefits you, it is tax reform."
- Russell B. Long
(Related: Benefits, Tax, Reform)

"Tax reform means, 'Don't tax you, don't tax me. Tax that fellow behind the tree.'"
- Russell B. Long
(Related: Tax, Reform)

"The platform we had in Dallas, the 1984 Republican platform, all the ideas we supported there - from tax policy, to foreign policy; from individual rights, to neighborhood security - are things that Jefferson Davis and his people believed in."
- Trent Lott
(Related: People, Policy, Ideas, Foreign policy, Rights, Tax, Republican, Security)

"What Canada has to do is to have a government connected to the priorities of the people of which it is elected to serve. Those priorities include ensuring medicare is sustainable, support for the military, and tax and justice systems that work."
- Peter MacKay
(Related: Government, Work, People, Canada, Tax, Justice, Military, Priorities, Support)

"I have to go and say farewell to all the countries that I have been to, if I can. I am 73 now, it is taxing on me."
- Miriam Makeba
(Related: Countries, Now)

"We have reduced sales tax on food. Now we want it eliminated."
- Joe Manchin
(Related: Food, Tax, Now, Sales, Want)

"Who's on the case when it comes to the flat tax?"
- Joshua Micah Marshall
(Related: Tax)

"A hospital bed is a parked taxi with the meter running."
- Groucho Marx
(Related: Bed, Running)

"Most of the tasks we do are for humans. For example, a tax calculation is counting numbers so the government can pull money out from my wallet, but government consists of humans."
- Yukihiro Matsumoto
(Related: Government, Money, Example, Tax, Numbers)

"The American people want us to stop spending. And so let's just give them some certainty. Let's extend the tax - the existing tax cuts. And then let's give some more tax breaks to small businesses and large. And then maybe the American people will have some confidence."
- John McCain
(Related: People, American, Certainty, Confidence, Tax, Tax cuts, Want, Will)

"I've said we need to look at things from the perspective of working people and taxpayers, not from the perspective of government and government officials."
- Scott McCallum
(Related: Government, People, Perspective)

"George wrote Taxman, and I played guitar on it. He wrote it in anger at finding out what the taxman did. He had never known before then what could happen to your money."
- Paul McCartney
(Related: Anger, Money, Guitar)

"The bill that job creators and out-of-work Americans need us to pass is the one that ensures taxes won't go up - one that says Americans and small-business owners won't get hit with more bad news at the end of the year."
- Mitch McConnell
(Related: Americans, End, Job, News, Taxes)

"Americans don't think we should be raising taxes on anybody, especially in the middle of a recession."
- Mitch McConnell
(Related: Americans, Taxes)

"But beyond the hysteria of phantom death panels, where is the abomination? Show me the provisions that will hurt consumers, because if you think a $110 billion a year tax break for working-class Americans to buy private health insurance is a government takeover, I welcome the debate."
- Jim McDermott
(Related: Death, Government, Health, Americans, Debate, Tax, Hurt, Will)

"In providing this $5,000 tax credit for those purchasing rural homes, we're offering an important incentive to encourage people to live in smaller communities - and perhaps even stay in a community they might be considering leaving."
- John M. McHugh
(Related: People, Community, Credit, Tax)

"Aquatic invasive species are destroying the environment, damaging fisheries, and costing American taxpayers billions of dollars annually."
- John M. McHugh
(Related: American, Environment)

"The payment of taxes is an obvious and insistent duty, and its sanction is usually punitive."
- Joseph McKenna
(Related: Duty, Obvious, Taxes)

"Providing tax relief and reducing regulations leads to job creation and new economic opportunities for our small businesses, which are the backbone of our economy."
- Cathy McMorris
(Related: Creation, Economy, Tax, Job)

"Eastern Washington families and businesses should be able to deduct every penny of state and local sales tax they pay throughout the year from their federal tax bill, especially when people in most states are deducting their state income taxes."
- Cathy McMorris
(Related: People, Tax, Income, Sales, State, states, Taxes, Washington)

"The 55% of American households that make less than $40,000 will get a tax break of only $7 while the households that make more than $1 million will receive an average tax break of $32,000."
- Marty Meehan
(Related: American, Tax, Will)

"At the same time, Republicans are pushing a $70 billion tax package that will overwhelmingly benefit the most wealthy Americans and actually increases the deficit by $16 billion."
- Marty Meehan
(Related: Time, Americans, Tax, Republicans, Will)

"We not only heard it before 20 years ago, before George Bush in 2001 passed his tax relief, before in 2003 the tax relief were past, we were told they were dead. Before we provided prescription drugs for Medicare, we were told it wasn't going to happen."
- Ken Mehlman
(Related: Drugs, Tax, Past, Years)

"A balanced program for tax reform based upon the common sense idea of lowering taxes out of surplus revenues."
- Andrew Mellon
(Related: Idea, Common sense, Tax, Reform, Taxes)

"Give tax breaks to large corporations, so that money can trickle down to the general public, in the form of extra jobs."
- Andrew Mellon
(Related: Money, Corporations, Tax, Jobs, Public)

"When a new source of taxation is found it never means, in practice, that the old source is abandoned. It merely means that the politicians have two ways of milking the taxpayer where they had one before."
- H. L. Mencken
(Related: Old, Politicians, Practice, Taxation)

"Unquestionably, there is progress. The average American now pays out twice as much in taxes as he formerly got in wages."
- H. L. Mencken
(Related: Progress, American, Now, Taxes, Wages)

"Think of how we challenged the impression that we taxed for its own sake and that we were hostile to business. We were right to change."
- Ed Miliband
(Related: Change, Business, Impression, Right)

"A variety of factors contribute to the price of gasoline in the United States. These factors include worldwide supply, demand and competition for crude oil, taxes, regional differences in access to gasoline supplies and environmental regulations."
- Gary Miller
(Related: Environmental, Competition, Oil, states, Taxes, United, Variety)

"People looking at advertisements or reading their local newspapers would have had no idea that what they were reading was bought and paid for with their tax dollars."
- George Miller
(Related: People, Idea, Tax, Newspapers, Reading)

"We are afraid to face the hard questions. We are willing to tackle drugs, crime, and public education only if it doesn't cost us any new taxes."
- J. Irwin Miller
(Related: Education, Crime, Drugs, Public, Questions, Taxes)

"Reconciliation is a special budget procedure to change entitlement and tax laws. It cannot be filibustered and requires only a simple majority in the Senate to be passed. It is primarily intended for deficit and mandatory spending reduction."
- Jeff Miller
(Related: Change, Tax, Laws, Majority, Senate)

"It is no secret that our tax code is drastically outdated and burdensome to all Americans. Fortunately, more and more people are aware daily of the inequities that arise from things such as the estate tax, and it has come to the forefront of Congress' agenda."
- Jeff Miller
(Related: People, Americans, Congress, Tax)

"But recently it seems that each time I vote, I am being asked to compromise my conservative ideals and my commitment to the American taxpayer simply for the benefit of political gain."
- Jeff Miller
(Related: Time, American, Being, Commitment, Compromise, Conservative, Gain, Ideals, Vote)

"As a taxpayer, I want to assure you that Republicans are doing everything we can to reduce wasteful spending."
- Jeff Miller
(Related: Republicans, Want)

"Others like City Hall the old way, when they could make deals behind closed doors with your tax money."
- Laura Miller
(Related: Money, Deals, Tax, Old)

"It's wasteful spending like this that not only forces tax increases and cuts in vital services... but also really make you wonder: who is City Hall looking out for?"
- Laura Miller
(Related: Tax, Tax increases)

"If there's one thing I hope people are certain of it's this: I'm looking out for YOU - the taxpayer."
- Laura Miller
(Related: People, Hope)

"From my very first day in the Mayor's office, I have worked closely with the Council members who share our vision of a city hall that really protects taxpayers and cares... yes... about the little things that make a big difference in people's lives."
- Laura Miller
(Related: People, Vision, Day, Difference, First, Office)

"My expertise was in public finance, particularly corporate taxation, since I had worked at the US Treasury."
- Merton Miller
(Related: Finance, Corporate, Expertise, Public, Taxation)

"Inheritance taxes are so high that the happiest mourner at a rich man's funeral is usually Uncle Sam."
- Olin Miller
(Related: Inheritance, Man, Taxes)

"Benjamin Franklin said there were only two things certain in life: death and taxes. But I'd like to add a third certainty: trash. And while some in this room might want to discuss reducing taxes, I want to talk about reducing trash."
- Ruth Ann Minner
(Related: Death, Talk, Taxes, Want)

"To impose taxes when the public exigencies require them is an obligation of the most sacred character, especially with a free people."
- James Monroe
(Related: People, Character, Obligation, Public, Taxes)

"I have worked really hard to defy categorization, to break down a taxonomy whenever it comes my way."
- Rick Moody
"The Democratic Party opposes tax cuts but it cannot say so publicly. Thus, it is forced to support the idea of lowering the tax burden but using class warfare rhetoric to dispute the allocation of the relief."
- Dick Morris
(Related: Idea, Burden, Class, Tax, Party, Rhetoric, Support, Tax cuts)

"Democrats are not about to nominate anyone who backs the tax cut, and Americans are not going to elect anyone who favors a tax increase."
- Dick Morris
(Related: Americans, Democrats, Favors, Tax)

"It is a very unusual sector and the one thing I would ask of them is to understand that for most of them one-third of their films are being financed by the taxpayer and that carries huge accountability and responsibility."
- Estelle Morris
(Related: Being, Responsibility)

"America's corporate and political elites now form a regime of their own and they're privatizing democracy. All the benefits - the tax cuts, policies and rewards flow in one direction: up."
- Bill Moyers
(Related: America, Benefits, Corporate, Democracy, Tax, Now, Tax cuts)

"I would go to them and I would explain this is the price of going forward. We're going to move ahead in all these other areas. We're moving ahead in tax reform and GST, we are moving ahead on trade, but this will not be done at the cost of the environment."
- Brian Mulroney
(Related: Environment, Tax, Reform, Trade, Will)

"More than 1.1 million taxpayers in Pennsylvania will enjoy a lower tax rate, more than 1.4 million married couples will benefit from the reduction in the marriage penalty, and more than 1.1 million parents will have the advantage of an increased child tax credit."
- Tim Murphy
(Related: Marriage, Credit, Tax, Parents, Will)

"Instead of raising taxes as some would insist, we need to reduce waste and inefficiency in government."
- Tim Murphy
(Related: Government, Inefficiency, Taxes, Waste)

"Making the tax cuts permanent will continue to grow the economy, create jobs, and put more money in the pockets of the hard-working families of Pennsylvania."
- Tim Murphy
(Related: Money, Economy, Tax, Jobs, Tax cuts, Will)

"I always want to say to people who want to be rich and famous: 'try being rich first'. See if that doesn't cover most of it. There's not much downside to being rich, other than paying taxes and having your relatives ask you for money. But when you become famous, you end up with a 24-hour job."
- Bill Murray
(Related: Money, People, Being, End, Famous, First, Job, Relatives, Taxes, Want)

"If Congress doesn't raise taxes, you cannot get a private investment account without forgoing a portion, possibly all, of your guaranteed benefit check."
- Grace Napolitano
(Related: Congress, Investment, Taxes)

"We should stop arguing about tax cuts in this town."
- Richard Neal
(Related: Tax, Tax cuts)

"The Tax Code today is more complicated than ever, and the very people on the Republican side who denounce the Tax Code's complexity are the ones that put together what they now call a convoluted monstrosity. They put it into effect."
- Richard Neal
(Related: People, Complexity, Effect, Tax, Now, Republican, Today)

"Over the years, dozens of American companies have filed papers to trade in their U.S. corporate citizenship for citizenship in tax haven countries like Bermuda."
- Richard Neal
(Related: American, Citizenship, Corporate, Countries, Tax, Trade, Years)

"The tax relief that this Congress has given now in terms of four tax cuts has overwhelmingly gone to the people at the very top of the income scale in America."
- Richard Neal
(Related: People, America, Congress, Tax, Income, Now, Tax cuts)

"The alternative minimum tax was designed to prevent the very wealthiest Americans from overusing certain tax benefits to avoid most of their tax burden."
- Richard Neal
(Related: Americans, Benefits, Burden, Tax)

"People really have to believe in their tax system. They have to believe that there is an equitable distribution of the burden, but there is also an important investment based upon the potential achievements that come from us paying our taxes."
- Richard Neal
(Related: People, Burden, Tax, Investment, Potential, Taxes)

"Let me announce this to the American people tonight one of the best things about this debate, as a Democrat from Massachusetts, I have proposed eliminating, getting rid of the alternative minimum tax."
- Richard Neal
(Related: People, American, Debate, Tax)

"It is easy to talk about tax simplification, and we all know it is very difficult to accomplish; but for the last three Congresses, I have offered a tax simplification bill that would include a paid-for repeal of alternative minimum tax."
- Richard Neal
(Related: Tax, Talk)

"It is day after day in this institution, borrow money, run up the debt, run up the deficits and then with a straight face say, we are going to repeal a tax that affects 1 percent of the American people, just 1 percent of the American people."
- Richard Neal
(Related: Money, People, American, Day, Debt, Tax)

"But what is striking about this, in a town that often talks about tax cuts, we could quite easily, Republicans and Democrats working together, do something that everybody in America desires, and that is a simplification of our Tax Code."
- Richard Neal
(Related: America, Democrats, Tax, Republicans, Tax cuts)

"I think they got caught up in how much money they could get from each of the city governments as far as tax rebates. But that stuff works when you make money. It's a little bit phantom money."
- David Neeleman
(Related: Money, Tax)

"Stars didn't have to worry as they were on long term contracts and were able to enjoy their vacations without worrying about tomorrow. Few had financial worries due to large incomes and little taxes."
- Pola Negri
(Related: Financial, Stars, Taxes, Tomorrow, Worry)

"Today the salaries of stars are astronomical in comparison with the 20's, but the high cost of today's living and taxes takes a huge bite out of these salaries."
- Pola Negri
(Related: Living, Stars, Taxes, Today)

"It's time we permanently repeal the tax on possessions that people leave to their children."
- Bill Nelson
(Related: Time, People, Children, Tax, Possessions)

"Gen. Banks has issued an order for the instruction of Negro children. Schoolhouses are to be built or rented and Teachers hired for this purpose, and the farmers and planters are to pay the Taxes in support of this."
- Knute Nelson
(Related: Purpose, Banks, Children, Order, Support, Taxes, Teachers)

"In addition to a soaring stock market, 6.6 million jobs have been created since tax relief measures went into effect in 2003. Our deficit situation has also improved as tax revenues have increased at double-digit rates over the past two years."
- Randy Neugebauer
(Related: Effect, Tax, Jobs, Past, Years)

"I think the tax cut is ridiculous but so am I."
- Randy Newman
(Related: Tax)

"To take part in this brothel through the payment of my taxes, that had become to me unbearable."
- Yannick Noah
(Related: Taxes)

"Every time you cut programs, you take away a person who has a vested interest in high taxes and you put him on the tax rolls and make him a taxpayer. A farmer on subsidies is part welfare bum, whereas a free-market farmer is a small businessman with a gun."
- Grover Norquist
(Related: Time, Tax, Interest, Taxes, Welfare)

"We asserted ourselves as a music community, and showed legislators that music is positive. Especially if you've sold 300 million records worldwide and pay taxes."
- Krist Novoselic
(Related: Music, Positive, Community, Legislators, Taxes)

"I will cut taxes - cut taxes - for 95 percent of all working families, because, in an economy like this, the last thing we should do is raise taxes on the middle class."
- Barack Obama
(Related: Class, Economy, Middle class, Taxes, Will)

"In December, I agreed to extend the tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans because it was the only way I could prevent a tax hike on middle-class Americans. But we cannot afford $1 trillion worth of tax cuts for every millionaire and billionaire in our society. We can't afford it. And I refuse to renew them again."
- Barack Obama
(Related: Society, Americans, December, Tax, Tax cuts, Worth)

"In fact, the best thing we could do on taxes for all Americans is to simplify the individual tax code. This will be a tough job, but members of both parties have expressed an interest in doing this, and I am prepared to join them."
- Barack Obama
(Related: Americans, Fact, Tax, Interest, Job, Taxes, Will)

"I can make a firm pledge, under my plan, no family making less than $250,000 a year will see any form of tax increase. Not your income tax, not your payroll tax, not your capital gains taxes, not any of your taxes."
- Barack Obama
(Related: Family, Tax, Income, Taxes, Will)

"You will not see any of your taxes increase one single dime."
- Barack Obama
(Related: Taxes, Will)

"What the oil producer gets paid is about 16 percent. The majority of it is tax, which in fairness to the government of this country they have accepted and admitted."
- Olusegun Obasanjo
(Related: Government, Country, Tax, Majority, Oil)

"The NRA was one of the items that we pointed to when we added money to the labor, health and Education appropriations bill by reducing the size of the tax cut."
- David Obey
(Related: Education, Health, Money, Tax, Labor)

"I never had the high-paying job or the company car. It took me over a decade to pay off my student loans. I never had to worry about where to dock my yacht to reduce my taxes."
- Christine O'Donnell
(Related: Car, Company, Job, Taxes, Worry)

"I come from Cuba. Taxes for me are no big thing."
- Tony Oliva
(Related: Taxes)

"In levying taxes and in shearing sheep it is well to stop when you get down to the skin."
- Austin O'Malley
(Related: Sheep, Skin, Taxes)

"Our intention is to give people, however you might stylize it, a tax cut or a pay raise."
- Paul O'Neill
(Related: People, Tax, Intention)

"Washington is a place where politicians don't know which way is up and taxes don't know which way is down."
- Robert Orben
(Related: Politicians, Taxes, Washington)

"More than ever before, Americans are suffering from back problems: back taxes, back rent, back auto payments."
- Robert Orben
(Related: Americans, Suffering, Taxes)

"After all, what is your host's purpose in having a party? Surely not for you to enjoy yourself; if that were their sole purpose, they'd have simply sent champagne and women over to your place by taxi."
- P. J. O'Rourke
(Related: Women, Purpose, Party)

"For my constituents, owning a home is the culmination of many years of hard work and the realization of the American Dream. At no time should a local entity take those years of hard work solely to increase their tax revenue."
- Solomon Ortiz
(Related: Home, Time, Work, Dream, American, Tax, Hard work, Years)

"Taxation without representation is tyranny."
- James Otis
(Related: Taxation, Tyranny)

"Leaving sex to the feminists is like letting your dog vacation at the taxidermist."
- Camille Paglia
(Related: Sex, Vacation)

"War involves in its progress such a train of unforeseen circumstances that no human wisdom can calculate the end; it has but one thing certain, and that is to increase taxes."
- Thomas Paine
(Related: War, Wisdom, Progress, Circumstances, End, Taxes)

"To say that any people are not fit for freedom, is to make poverty their choice, and to say they had rather be loaded with taxes than not."
- Thomas Paine
(Related: People, Choice, Freedom, Poverty, Taxes)

"We are angry about paying the highest income taxes and property taxes in the nation and getting less and less for it. We are angry about our incompetent, dysfunctional government that pays no attention to the desires of the people. We are angry about the cesspool of corruption and conflicts of interests and self-dealing that is Albany."
- Carl Paladino
(Related: Government, People, Attention, Corruption, Income, Nation, Property, Self, Taxes)

"We're going to restructure the state government into a government that's responsive to the needs of New York state taxpayers."
- Carl Paladino
(Related: Government, Needs, State)

"Washington has got to, across the board, lower taxes for small businesses so that our mom and pops can reinvest and hire people, so that our businesses can thrive."
- Sarah Palin
(Related: Mom, People, Taxes, Washington)

"To reduce deficit spending and our enormous debt, you reign in spending. You cut the budget. You don't take more from the private sector and grow government with it. And that's exactly what Obama has in mind with this expiration of Bush tax cuts proposal of his."
- Sarah Palin
(Related: Government, Debt, Tax, Mind, Tax cuts)

"A tax-supported, compulsory educational system is the complete model of the totalitarian state."
- Isabel Paterson
(Related: Tax, State)

"1913 wasn't a very good year. 1913 gave us the income tax, the 16th amendment and the IRS."
- Ron Paul
(Related: Tax, Income)

"Deficits mean future tax increases, pure and simple. Deficit spending should be viewed as a tax on future generations, and politicians who create deficits should be exposed as tax hikers."
- Ron Paul
(Related: Future, Tax, Generations, Politicians, Tax increases)

"When the federal government spends more each year than it collects in tax revenues, it has three choices: It can raise taxes, print money, or borrow money. While these actions may benefit politicians, all three options are bad for average Americans."
- Ron Paul
(Related: Government, Money, Actions, Americans, Tax, May, Options, Politicians, Taxes)

"Keeping a lid on taxes is not just good for the taxpayer. It's a powerful way to force government to be more accountable, set priorities and spend smarter. Let me repeat that: more accountable, set priorities and spend smarter - that's what we need to be about."
- Timothy Pawlenty
(Related: Government, Force, Priorities, Taxes)

"A great deal has been said about my commitment not to raise taxes. It's a core value - it's common sense - it's important to keeping and growing jobs - and it's mainstream!"
- Timothy Pawlenty
(Related: Commitment, Common sense, Jobs, Taxes, Value)

"Tax what you burn not what you earn."
- Christine Pelosi
(Related: Tax)

"What we're discussing privately and publicly, is a budget which is a blueprint for the future which creates jobs, which educates our children, which provides healthcare for all Americans, which takes our deficit down, which gives a tax cut for 95% of the American people."
- Nancy Pelosi
(Related: People, American, Americans, Children, Future, Tax, Healthcare, Jobs)

"Democratic priorities remain clear: to provide a tax cut for working families, to promote policies that produce jobs and economic growth, and to assist millions of our fellow Americans who have lost their jobs through no fault of their own."
- Nancy Pelosi
(Related: Growth, Americans, Fault, Tax, Jobs, Priorities)

"You bet every member of Congress who votes for this bill ought to read it, read it thoroughly, and understand that what we're looking at here amounts to nothing more than a government takeover of our health care economy, paid for with nearly a trillion dollars in new taxes on individuals and small businesses. And it must be opposed."
- Mike Pence
(Related: Government, Health, Care, Congress, Economy, Nothing, Taxes)

"The reality is that during the Reagan years, for instance, we doubled the amount of revenue that we were sending to Washington, D.C. after the tax cuts took effect."
- Mike Pence
(Related: Effect, Tax, Reality, Tax cuts, Washington, Years)

"The American people know what's necessary to get this economy moving again. It's fiscal discipline in Washington, D.C. and across-the-board tax relief for working families, small businesses and family farms."
- Mike Pence
(Related: Family, People, Discipline, American, Economy, Tax, Washington)

"We are here simply to decide whether Congress should take the taxpayer dollars of millions of pro-life Americans and use them to fund the destruction of human embryos for research."
- Mike Pence
(Related: Americans, Congress, Destruction, Research)

"It's time to stop the raid on the Social Security trust fund and start allowing Americans to invest their Social Security taxes in personal savings accounts."
- Mike Pence
(Related: Time, Trust, Americans, Security, Taxes)

"Well, I think the reality is that as you study - when President Kennedy cut marginal tax rates, when Ronald Reagan cut marginal tax rates, when President Bush imposed those tax cuts, they actually generated economic growth. They expanded the economy. They expand tax revenues."
- Mike Pence
(Related: Growth, Economy, Tax, President, Reality, Study, Tax cuts)

"By requiring that any surplus in Social Security taxes be returned to the American people in personal savings accounts, the plan ensures that Social Security taxes will be used for Social Security."
- Mike Pence
(Related: People, American, Security, Taxes, Will)

"For more than forty years, the United States Congress has shamelessly used payroll taxes intended for Social Security to fund big government spending."
- Mike Pence
(Related: Government, Congress, Security, states, Taxes, United, Years)

"If I tax them, in fact, I'm not taxing the capitalists, I am taxing the people who have saved, trusted. It was very controversial, those sorts of things. But finally, it worked out."
- Shimon Peres
(Related: People, Fact, Tax)

"And that's why I wrote the book, because our country really needs to understand, if people in this nation understood what our foreign policy is really about, what foreign aid is about, how our corporations work, where our tax money goes, I know we will demand change."
- John Perkins
(Related: Change, Money, Work, People, Policy, Corporations, Country, Foreign policy, Tax, Nation, Needs, Will)

"Under Obama, our federal tax dollars can now be used to fund abortion all over the world. With the stroke of a pen, abortion essentially became a U.S. foreign export."
- Rick Perry
(Related: Abortion, Tax, Now, Pen, World)

"We had a $10 billion budget deficit when we got here in January of 2003. We cut that budget deficit; we did not raise taxes; we came back in '05, and we had an $8 billion surplus. That's how fast it can happen."
- Rick Perry
(Related: Taxes)

"You know, to preserve our job-friendly climate the Texas legislature didn't raise taxes this last legislative session while balancing their budget and maintaining their reserves - and might I add that our budget leaves $6 billion dollars in a rainy day fund?"
- Rick Perry
(Related: Climate, Day, Job, Taxes)

"Those jobs flee other states because of factors like excessive taxation, punitive regulation and frivolous lawsuits."
- Rick Perry
(Related: Jobs, states, Taxation)

"In Michigan, a liberal democrat raised taxes and kept their government programs at the same level. And guess what? Their economy continued into the toilet, it continued down."
- Rick Perry
(Related: Government, Economy, Liberal, Taxes)

"Reforming public education, cutting property taxes, fixing adult and child protective services and funding our budget can all occur when Democrats and Republicans engage in consensus and cooperation - not cynicism and combat."
- Rick Perry
(Related: Education, Cooperation, Cynicism, Democrats, Property, Public, Republicans, Taxes)

"America is a land of taxation that was founded to avoid taxation."
- Laurence J. Peter
(Related: America, Land, Taxation)

"When there is an income tax, the just man will pay more and the unjust less on the same amount of income."
- Plato
(Related: Tax, Income, Man, Will)

"I don't go tanning anymore because Obama put a 10 percent tax on tanning. McCain would never put a 10 percent tax on tanning. Because he's pale and would probably want to be tan."
- Nicole Polizzi
(Related: Tax, Want)

"We didn't think taxes ought to go up. They ought to go down. We didn't think the census ought to be weakened."
- Pete du Pont
(Related: Taxes)

"Tax cuts continue to benefit families, seniors, and small business owners, as evidenced by unparalleled economic growth in Nevada and across the country."
- Jon Porter
(Related: Business, Growth, Country, Tax, Tax cuts)

"The wages of sin are death, but by the time taxes are taken out, it's just sort of a tired feeling."
- Paula Poundstone
(Related: Time, Death, Feeling, Sin, Taxes, Wages)

"The wonders of the Grand Canyon cannot be adequately represented in symbols of speech, nor by speech itself. The resources of the graphic art are taxed beyond their powers in attempting to portray its features. Language and illustration combined must fail."
- John Wesley Powell
(Related: Art, Language, Speech, Wonders)

"Taxation is just a sophisticated way of demanding money with menaces."
- Terry Pratchett
(Related: Money, Taxation)

"We pass bills authorizing improvements and grants. But when it comes time to pay for these programs, we'd rather put the country's money toward tax breaks for the wealthy than for police officers who are protecting our communities."
- David E. Price
(Related: Money, Time, Country, Tax, Police)

"Think what a revolution it will be if we manage to get everyone to pay their taxes."
- Romano Prodi
(Related: Revolution, Taxes, Will)

"He knows the tax code as thoroughly as the pope knows the Lord's Prayer."
- William Proxmire
(Related: Tax, Prayer)

"I won't talk about what it was like in prison, except to say I'm glad I'm out and that I plan never to go back and to pay my taxes every day."
- Richard Pryor
(Related: Day, Prison, Talk, Taxes)

"Barack Obama is the worst president in history. In my generation, we'll inherit a weakened country, drug cartels in Mexico, tax cartels in D.C. What's happened to America? I love Arizona. I was raised right. Somebody has to go to Washington and knock the hell out of the place."
- Ben Quayle
(Related: Love, History, America, Country, Tax, Hell, President, Right, Washington)

"It will be sufficient to point to the enormous burdens which armaments place on the economic, social, and intellectual resources of a nation, as well as on its budget and taxes."
- Ludwig Quidde
(Related: Nation, Taxes, Will)

"By then I was in Brooklyn and drank my way through that summer. I stopped when I got sick of that and got a job at the Strand bookstore, which was a little better than the tax job."
- Robert Quine
(Related: Tax, Job, Summer)

"I quit the tax job then and decided that I was going to play in a band. I answered ads in the Village Voice and went through two days of auditioning for bands."
- Robert Quine
(Related: Tax, Job, Play, Voice)

"Well, you know, we've got a lot of stimulus in the economy already from the tax cut, from the lowered interest rates, and also from the refinancing of mortgages."
- Franklin Raines
(Related: Economy, Tax, Interest)

"Disease is the tax which the soul pays for the body, as the tenant pays house-rent for the use of the house."
- Ramakrishna
(Related: Soul, Body, Disease, Tax)

"First, the security and privacy of sensitive taxpayer information is absolutely essential."
- Jim Ramstad
(Related: First, Information, Privacy, Security)

"As American taxpayers know too well, the tax code is incredibly complex and compliance is all to expensive."
- Jim Ramstad
(Related: American, Tax)

"Americans spend 3 billion hours per year filling out tax forms and keeping tax records."
- Jim Ramstad
(Related: Americans, Tax)

"The President is destroying the fabric of America with a combined policy of war, tax cuts for the wealthy, and reductions in spending for domestic needs."
- Charles Rangel
(Related: War, Policy, America, Tax, Needs, President, Tax cuts)

"We are Americans. We - we - we are - we are doctors. We are investment bankers. We are taxi drivers. We are store keepers. We are lawyers. We are - we are part of the fabric of America. And the way that America today treats its Muslims is being watched by over a billion Muslims worldwide."
- Feisal Abdul Rauf
(Related: America, Americans, Being, Doctors, Investment, Lawyers, Today)

"Diseases are the tax on pleasures."
- John Ray
(Related: Tax)

"The taxpayer - that's someone who works for the federal government but doesn't have to take the civil service examination."
- Ronald Reagan
(Related: Government, Examination, Service)

"The problem is not that people are taxed too little, the problem is that government spends too much."
- Ronald Reagan
(Related: Government, People)

"Government's view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it."
- Ronald Reagan
(Related: Government, Economy, Tax)

"Fraud, robbery, and murder have characterized the English usurpation of the government of our country. Why, for the last fifty years we have been robbed in the matter of taxes of hundreds of millions."
- John Edward Redmond
(Related: Government, Country, English, Fraud, Murder, Taxes, Years)

"You have to be very rich to afford Labour, with 66 tax rises since they came in power."
- John Redwood
(Related: Power, Tax)

"We are today, in this country, convulsed by the situation in Iraq. It is an extraordinary crisis. It is taxing our men and women in uniform, and it is certainly taxing our resolve."
- Jack Reed
(Related: Men, Women, Country, Crisis, Iraq, Today)

"Congress seems to want to cure every ill known to man except unconstitutional government and high taxes."
- Charley Reese
(Related: Government, Congress, Cure, Man, Taxes, Want)

"I have said consistently both in my papers and in my speeches - which you heard in the primary campaign - that I will continue to phase out the Capital Stock and Franchise tax."
- Ed Rendell
(Related: Tax, Will)

"I'm interested in giving business an opportunity by improving the tax environment to invest and grow with Pennsylvania, to expand and put more money in capital investment and creating jobs."
- Ed Rendell
(Related: Business, Money, Opportunity, Environment, Tax, Giving, Investment, Jobs)

"Number one I think we should impose a fee or a tax on the transportation of trash per mile."
- Ed Rendell
(Related: Tax)

"We are all are equal, but some pay higher tax rates than others."
- Jeff Rich
(Related: Tax)

"According to our Christian ethics, we're supposed to love God, love each other and help take care of the poor. It is immoral to charge somebody making $5,000 an income tax."
- Bob Riley
(Related: Love, God, Christian, Care, Ethics, Tax, Help, Income, Poor)

"When a man and a woman see each other and like each other they ought to come together - wham - like a couple of taxis on Broadway, not sit around analyzing each other like two specimens in a bottle."
- Thelma Ritter
(Related: Man, Woman)

"Nearly everywhere monarchs raised themselves further above the level of the greatest nobles and buttressed their new pretensions to respect and authority with cannons and taxation."
- J. M. Roberts
(Related: Authority, Respect, Taxation)

"What I heard was that Bush is now positioned to have victory after victory. He'll have Social Security reform passed, that he'll have tax reform passed, that he'll have conservative judges on the courts."
- Pat Robertson
(Related: Victory, Conservative, Tax, Judges, Now, Reform, Security)

"I think the average citizen is going to see no less than a $1,500 or more increase in what it's going to cost for basic living next year,... Taking sales tax off food isn't going to take care of all of that, but I think it's a way that we can help."
- Ann Robinson
(Related: Food, Care, Tax, Help, Living, Sales)

"It was the king's army, the king's people, the king's taxes; and he who questioned the propriety of the royal prerogative of taking from his people without return or accounting, was reckoned, and felt himself to be, a criminal, guilty of the highest crime of disloyalty."
- John Buchanan Robinson
(Related: People, Army, Crime, Taxes)

"In this way, the charge that the bank makes for the use of its notes - the interest - is a continual and universal tax upon all the members of the community."
- John Buchanan Robinson
(Related: Community, Tax, Interest)

"You don't pay taxes - they take taxes."
- Chris Rock
(Related: Taxes)

"You know, gentlemen, that I do not owe any personal income tax. But nevertheless, I send a small check, now and then, to the Internal Revenue Service out of the kindness of my heart."
- David Rockefeller
(Related: Heart, Tax, Gentlemen, Income, Kindness, Now, Service)

"The money that we make from the company goes into The Body Shop Foundation, which isn't one of those awful tax shelters like some in America. It just functions to take the money and give it away."
- Anita Roddick
(Related: Money, America, Body, Company, Tax)

"If we are to attract private investment, if we are to be able to make the legislature feel the moneys from taxpayers are being used properly, we must be ever vigilant of the duty to efficiently use all funds we receive."
- James E. Rogers
(Related: Being, Duty, Investment)

"The only difference between death and taxes is that death doesn't get worse every time Congress meets."
- Will Rogers
(Related: Death, Time, Congress, Difference, Taxes)

"We don't seem to be able to check crime, so why not legalize it and then tax it out of business?"
- Will Rogers
(Related: Business, Crime, Tax)

"The income tax has made liars out of more Americans than golf."
- Will Rogers
(Related: Americans, Tax, Golf, Income)

"Our port facilities should have the freedom to levy a market-based container fee which will provide new revenue and make our system more equitable to the American taxpayer and American manufacturers."
- Dana Rohrabacher
(Related: American, Freedom, Will)

"Tax increases appear to have a very large sustained and highly significant negative impact on output."
- Christina Romer
(Related: Negative, Tax, Tax increases)

"Our estimates suggest that a tax increase of 1 percent of GDP reduces output over the next three years by nearly 3 percent. The effect is highly significant."
- Christina Romer
(Related: Effect, Tax, Years)

"And a special thank you to the citizens of Massachusetts: You are paying all the taxes, creating all the jobs, raising all the children. This government is yours. Thank you for letting me serve you. I love this job."
- Mitt Romney
(Related: Government, Love, Children, Job, Jobs, Taxes)

"Taxes are important. President Bush's tax proposals leave no rich person behind. Voters approve of President Bush helping the kind of people they wish they were one of."
- Andy Rooney
(Related: People, Tax, President, Taxes)

"Here is my principle: Taxes shall be levied according to ability to pay. That is the only American principle."
- Franklin D. Roosevelt
(Related: Ability, American, Taxes)

"It has to have a payroll tax that's dedicated to Social Security. The Social Security tax has been very successful over the years in raising almost all of our elderly citizens out of poverty."
- James Roosevelt
(Related: Successful, Elderly, Tax, Poverty, Security, Years)

"In the laws of the land, she has no rights; in government she has no voice. And in spite of another principle recognized in this Republic, namely, that 'taxation without representation is tyranny,' she is taxed without being represented."
- Ernestine Rose
(Related: Government, Being, Rights, Land, Laws, Tyranny, Voice)

"Mr. Obama plans to boost federal spending 25 percent while nearly tripling the national debt over 10 years. Americans know that this kind of spending will have economic consequences, including new taxes being imposed by the new progressives."
- Karl Rove
(Related: Americans, Being, Consequences, Debt, Taxes, Will, Years)

"The difficulty for Mr. Obama will be when the public sees where his decisions lead - higher inflation, higher interest rates, higher taxes, sluggish growth, and a jobless recovery."
- Karl Rove
(Related: Growth, Decisions, Difficulty, Inflation, Interest, Public, Taxes, Will)

"Hating the Yankees is as American as pizza pie, unwed mothers, and cheating on your income tax."
- Mike Royko
(Related: American, Cheating, Tax, Income, Mothers)

"Remember the Stax label and how if you liked one record, you liked all the others as well? You don't talk to a lot of people who tell you how much they love their record label. I don't care how many records they sell."
- Darius Rucker
(Related: Love, People, Care, Talk)

"Our government is ready to guarantee their investments for them, and then we will create tax incentives. We are interested in having all these things and with the privatization we also want to create more jobs and better conditions for the workers."
- Ibrahim Rugova
(Related: Government, Tax, Jobs, Want, Will, Workers)

"Treat each federal dollar as if it was hard earned; it was - by a taxpayer."
- Donald Rumsfeld
"Those objecting to the concept of race argue that the taxonomic definitions are arbitrary and subjective."
- J. Philippe Rushton
(Related: Race)

"Large fortunes are all founded either on the occupation of land, or lending or the taxation of labor."
- John Ruskin
(Related: Labor, Land, Occupation, Taxation)

"Should we freeze or postpone prospective tax cuts and avoid any new tax cuts until we are sure we have the money to pay for the war on terrorism and the war in Iraq."
- Tim Russert
(Related: Money, War, Tax, Iraq, Tax cuts, Terrorism)

"Looking at the high cost of occupation in Iraq and the needs we have in this country, would it not have been better to have smaller tax cuts in order to keep down the deficits."
- Tim Russert
(Related: Country, Tax, Iraq, Needs, Occupation, Order, Tax cuts)

"I approached Red Square three times, trying to find somewhere to land, before discovering a wide bridge nearby. I landed there and taxied into Red Square."
- Mathias Rust
(Related: Land, Trying)

"This is a government takeover of our healthcare system. It is the government basically running the entire healthcare system, turning large insurers into de facto public utilities, depriving people of choice, depriving people of options, raising people's prices, raising taxes when we need new jobs."
- Paul Ryan
(Related: Government, People, Choice, Healthcare, Jobs, Options, Public, Running, Taxes)

"We need to reclaim our American system of limited government, low taxes, reasonable regulations, and sound money, which has blessed us with unprecedented prosperity. And it has done more to help the poor than any other economic system ever designed."
- Paul Ryan
(Related: Government, Money, American, Help, Poor, Prosperity, Sound, Taxes)

"Here's the problem if you keep raising tax rates: You slow down economic growth."
- Paul Ryan
(Related: Growth, Tax)

"I don't want to get into the 'who's a hostage-taker' discussion here, but what is the estate tax? It's a double tax on death. Economists will tell you that it's really not a tax that soaks the rich, but it's a tax on capital that deprives business investment and therefore job creation."
- Paul Ryan
(Related: Business, Death, Creation, Tax, Investment, Job, Want, Will)

"Look, only in Washington is not raising taxes considered a tax cut. Nobody's getting a tax cut here. We're not cutting taxes. We're preventing tax increases from occurring."
- Paul Ryan
(Related: Tax, Tax increases, Taxes, Washington)

"One would expect that private property taken by eminent domain would become land available for public use such as parks and roads. Unfortunately, this decision creates a loophole for government to manipulate the definition of public use simply to generate greater tax revenue."
- Jim Ryun
(Related: Government, Decision, Tax, Land, Property, Public)

"While there are no easy solutions to this problem, the Deficit Reduction Act gets us started in the right direction by beginning with the most obvious, commonsense reforms to save taxpayer dollars."
- Jim Ryun
(Related: Act, Beginning, Direction, Obvious, Right)

"I doubt God would want to touch America's tax code, since it is already located in the third rung of Hell."
- Larry J. Sabato
(Related: God, America, Doubt, Tax, Hell, Want)

"All communities have a right to clean water. The taxpayers of Pueblo should not have to carry the burden of the clean up cost simply because they live downstream."
- John Salazar
(Related: Burden, Right, Water)

"Small businesses are the backbone of job creation in South Carolina, but we're not maximizing our potential when we've got what's effectively the highest income tax rate in the Southeast holding us back."
- Mark Sanford
(Related: Creation, Tax, Income, Job, Potential)

"Too many people in government seem to think they are above regular folks, and I said I would expect humility in the way each member of my team served- that they would recognize that the taxpayer is boss."
- Mark Sanford
(Related: Government, Boss, People, Humility)

"The real reason to oppose increasing tax rates on the wealthy is that it's a good bet they could do more to help the economy if they keep their money rather than have their earnings confiscated by the government and spent on another round of stimulus."
- Terry Savage
(Related: Government, Money, Economy, Tax, Help, Reason)

"Driving with one foot on the accelerator and the other on the brake is likely to get you nowhere, but certainly will burn out vital parts of your car. Similarly, cutting taxes on the middle class, but increasing them on the 'rich' is likely to result in an economic burnout."
- Terry Savage
(Related: Car, Burnout, Class, Driving, Middle class, Result, Taxes, Will)

"But only 'rich' people by definition have the 'extra' money to buy things and invest to create economic growth. Do we really want to tax that 'extra' money away - and give it to the government to spend? Does that make any economic sense outside of politics and our emotional desire to make everyone suffer equally through these tough times?"
- Terry Savage
(Related: Government, Money, Politics, People, Growth, Desire, Tax, Sense, Want)

"Those who prefer their English sloppy have only themselves to thank if the advertisement writer uses his mastery of the vocabulary and syntax to mislead their weak minds."
- Dorothy L. Sayers
(Related: English, Vocabulary, Writer)

"We're going to look awfully stupid if we give income tax relief to people who do not pay income taxes."
- Joe Scarborough
(Related: People, Tax, Income, Taxes)

"Reducing the tax burden is necessary to produce economic growth."
- Bob Schaffer
(Related: Growth, Burden, Tax)

"The Iraq war was fought by one-half of one percent of us. And unless we were part of that small group or had a relative who was, we went about our lives as usual most of the time: no draft, no new taxes, no changes. Not so for the small group who fought the war and their families."
- Bob Schieffer
(Related: War, Draft, Iraq, Taxes)

"We have points in common with the FDP, particularly when it comes to tax."
- Otto Schily
(Related: Tax)

"We certainly could have voted on making the middle-class tax cuts and tax cuts for working families permanent had the Republicans not insisted that the only way they would support those tax breaks is if we also added $700 billion to the deficit to give tax breaks to the wealthiest 2 percent of Americans. That's what was really disturbing."
- Debbie Wasserman Schultz
(Related: Americans, Tax, Republicans, Support, Tax cuts)

"President Obama is making the tough decisions to get our country going in the right direction, has taken our economy from job losses to 15 straight months of job gains, cut taxes 26 times, and focused like a laser on getting the middle class back on its feet while those campaigning to replace him have failed to show they can lead on these issues."
- Debbie Wasserman Schultz
(Related: Class, Country, Decisions, Direction, Economy, Feet, Job, Middle class, Months, President, Right, Taxes)

"Voters did say 'repeal health care,' they did say 'reduce the size of government.' But not a single one of them from the tea party or anywhere said 'give tax breaks to the wealthiest.'"
- Charles Schumer
(Related: Health, Government, Care, Tax, Party, Tea)

"We can push Montana forward and we can do it with out raising taxes."
- Brian Schweitzer
(Related: Montana, Taxes)

"He has a very extensive public relations apparatus that is paid for by the taxpayers of this state. They are some of the best in the business. and he is a master at getting not only television but other media exposure on the basis of confrontation and chaos."
- Bill Scott
(Related: Business, Chaos, Media, Public, State, Television)

"I think we should worry about Social Security first and then tax cuts second."
- Bobby Scott
(Related: First, Tax, Security, Tax cuts, Worry)

"Mandatory minimums have been shown to be discriminatory and waste the taxpayers' money."
- Bobby Scott
(Related: Money, Waste)

"If we increase spending, we have got to raise taxes or any combination."
- Bobby Scott
(Related: Taxes)

"I like to say I'm more conservative than Goldwater. He just wanted to turn the clock back to when there was no income tax."
- Pete Seeger
(Related: Conservative, Tax, Income)

"Moreover, from reforming the tax code to our immigration system, to commonsense legal reform, President Bush put America on notice that he will continue fighting to make the country, and the world, a better place for future generations."
- Jim Sensenbrenner
(Related: Legal, America, Country, Fighting, Future, Tax, Generations, President, Reform, Will, World)

"Sadly, this is the same old Republican story of Robin Hood in reverse - tax cuts for the rich while programs for average and low income Americans suffer."
- Jose Serrano
(Related: Americans, Tax, Income, Old, Republican, Tax cuts)

"Fear is the tax that conscience pays to guilt."
- George Sewell
(Related: Fear, Conscience, Tax, Guilt)

"The reality is that the workforce relative to the number of people retired has shrunk and today in America there are only 3.3 working Americans paying payroll taxes to support each individual currently retired and collecting Social Security taxes."
- John Shadegg
(Related: People, America, Americans, Reality, Security, Support, Taxes, Today)

"Germany, I think, was first to substitute a Social Security program for its elderly based on this premise, that is, that we would tax workers to pay retirement benefits for those retired."
- John Shadegg
(Related: Benefits, Elderly, First, Tax, Germany, Retirement, Security, Workers)

"My son was killed in 2004. I am not paying my taxes for 2004. You killed my son, George Bush, and I don't owe you a penny."
- Cindy Sheehan
(Related: Son, Taxes)

"Further study of central nervous action, however, finds central inhibition too extensive and ubiquitous to make it likely that it is confined solely to the taxis of antagonistic muscles."
- Charles Scott Sherrington
(Related: Action, Study)

"Government spending is being restrained, the economy is making progress and moving forward, and the pro-growth, tax cutting policies put in place have allowed businesses to grow, which has brought in additional tax revenue to help pay off the debt."
- Bill Shuster
(Related: Government, Progress, Being, Debt, Economy, Tax, Help)

"President Bush has a record of cutting taxes, has provided a prescription drug benefit for seniors, has upheld the Second Amendment and remains committed to stopping liberal activists judges who are redefining marriage."
- Bill Shuster
(Related: Marriage, Judges, Liberal, President, Taxes)

"There's been a lot said about Social Security reform. What has been left out of the debate is the double tax on Social Security benefits. I believe it's time to get rid of a tax that punishes seniors and discourages work and retirement savings."
- Rob Simmons
(Related: Time, Work, Benefits, Debate, Tax, Reform, Retirement, Security)

"The 1993 Social Security tax penalizes seniors who have planned for their retirement through savings, investment and hard work. That's wrong, and that's why the double tax on Social Security must end."
- Rob Simmons
(Related: Work, End, Tax, Hard work, Investment, Retirement, Security, Wrong)

"My opponents attitude is, 'If it moves, tax it, if it keeps moving, regulate it and when it stops, subsidize it."
- Rob Simmons
(Related: Attitude, Tax, Opponents)

"The nation should have a tax system that looks like someone designed it on purpose."
- William E. Simon
(Related: Purpose, Tax, Nation)

"Darwin (1859) recognized the fact that paleontology then seemed to provide evidence against rather for evolution in general or the gradual origin of taxonomic categories in particular."
- George G. Simpson
(Related: Evolution, Fact)

"While American taxes pay for much of the research and development that goes into creating the new, life-saving drugs, American consumers continue to subsidize the cost of the drugs for consumers across the world."
- Michael K. Simpson
(Related: Life, Development, American, Drugs, Research, Taxes, World)

"Finally, the House is working to require a comprehensive federal review of IRS regulations with a follow-up report to Congress on possible actions to reduce the tax paperwork burden imposed on small businesses."
- Michael K. Simpson
(Related: Actions, Burden, Congress, Tax)

"What I advise clients is, sell, pay the tax and be happy. Don't ask me to find a replacement unless it's land."
- Mike Simpson
(Related: Clients, Tax, Land)

"I wish the government would put a tax on pianos for the incompetent."
- Edith Sitwell
(Related: Government, Tax)

"Taxation is the price we pay for failing to build a civilized society. The higher the tax level, the greater the failure. A centrally planned totalitarian state represents a complete defeat for the civilized world, while a totally voluntary society represents its ultimate success."
- Mark Skousen
(Related: Society, Success, Failure, Defeat, Tax, State, Taxation, World)

"Little else is requisite to carry a state to the highest degree of opulence from the lowest barbarism but peace, easy taxes, and a tolerable administration of justice: all the rest being brought about by the natural course of things."
- Adam Smith
(Related: Peace, Being, Rest, State, Taxes)

"Tax rates should never be raised in some brackets without being raised in all brackets."
- Bradley A. Smith
(Related: Being, Tax)

"Poverty is a solved problem - all they have to do is abolish taxes and regulations which cripple those intelligent, capable, and responsible men and women and destroy their productive capacity, then stand back and watch the economy boom."
- L. Neil Smith
(Related: Men, Women, Economy, Poverty, Taxes)

"A libertarian presidential candidate isn't going to win anyway, so he can afford to say that all taxation is theft, and it isn't the job of a libertarian presidential candidate to cook up new ways to commit theft."
- L. Neil Smith
(Related: Job, Taxation, Theft)

"Regulating and taxing marijuana would simultaneously save taxpayers billions of dollars in enforcement and incarceration costs, while providing many billions of dollars in revenue annually."
- George Soros
"The real goal should be reduced government spending, rather than balanced budgets achieved by ever rising tax rates to cover ever rising spending."
- Thomas Sowell
(Related: Government, Goal, Budgets, Tax)

"Elections should be held on April 16th- the day after we pay our income taxes. That is one of the few things that might discourage politicians from being big spenders."
- Thomas Sowell
(Related: April, Being, Day, Elections, Income, Politicians, Taxes)

"Our mission, is to publish books on social and cultural issues, including books on law related to those areas. We are not looking for books on, say, tax policy, etc."
- Thomas Spence
(Related: Policy, Books, Tax, Law, Mission)

"We do not commonly see in a tax a diminution of freedom, and yet it clearly is one."
- Herbert Spencer
(Related: Freedom, Tax)

"We can have tax cuts, but when we have tax cuts and do not have a surplus, the amount of the tax cut goes straight to the bottom line, adds to the deficit, and the deficit adds to the national debt, and sooner or later, the debt has to be paid."
- John Spratt
(Related: Debt, Tax, Tax cuts)

"As costs mount, in lives and dollars, it is natural to second guess, but one lesson I hope we have learned is that the U.S. cannot go it alone in a policy that leaves American troops taking all the risk and American taxpayers paying all of the costs."
- John Spratt
(Related: Policy, Hope, American, Risk, Troops)

"My legislation, the Simple Savings Tax Relief Act of 2005, simply eliminates the taxation of interest earned in savings accounts, such as passbook savings accounts or bank certificates of deposit."
- Cliff Stearns
(Related: Act, Tax, Interest, Legislation, Taxation)

"Congress must also enact pro-growth policies that encourage the economy to expand: like making tax relief permanent and repealing the death tax."
- Michael Steele
(Related: Death, Congress, Economy, Tax)

"Syntax, my lad. It has been restored to the highest place in the republic."
- John Steinbeck
"That's why I'm very proud of being American. I'm proud to pay taxes. I pay a lot of taxes, but it sure beats the alternative."
- Payne Stewart
(Related: American, Being, Taxes)

"If you increase the sales tax... everybody would be taxed."
- Robert Strauss
(Related: Tax, Sales)

"No, I'm not rich. I had a tax problem in this country, curiously enough, and my accountant said the British government was patently wrong in taxing me, and they were, but we couldn't persuade them and it cost me everything I had."
- Donald Sutherland
(Related: Government, Country, Tax, Wrong)

"The legal right of a taxpayer to decrease the amount of what otherwise would be his taxes, or altogether avoid them, by means which the law permits, cannot be doubted."
- George Sutherland
(Related: Legal, Law, Right, Taxes)

"Why should a company like Wal-Mart - who made $10 billion last year alone - be able to force taxpayers to foot the bill for their health-care costs?"
- John Sweeney
(Related: Health, Company, Force)

"Censure is the tax a man pays to the public for being eminent."
- Jonathan Swift
(Related: Being, Censure, Tax, Man, Public)

"If we are to create tomorrow's jobs, we can't remain frozen in time in yesterday's tax system."
- Bob Taft
(Related: Time, Tax, Jobs, Tomorrow, Yesterday)

"Everything depends on a good job - strong families, strong communities, the pursuit of the American dream, and a tax base to support schools for our kids and services for our seniors."
- Bob Taft
(Related: Dream, American, Tax, Job, Kids, Pursuit, Schools, Support)

"If a budget is designed to show our values, it's clear where the majority stands: against opportunity, against education, and against America's hard-working, tax-paying middle class."
- Ellen Tauscher
(Related: Education, Opportunity, Values, America, Class, Tax, Majority, Middle class)

"Today's tax cuts provide yet another illustration of the Republicans' fiscally irresponsible economic policies that ignore the needs of America's middle class, students, and working families."
- Ellen Tauscher
(Related: America, Class, Tax, Middle class, Needs, Republicans, Students, Tax cuts, Today)

"Rather than squander the surplus on tax breaks for the rich, we should add a prescription drug benefit to the Medicare program, shore up Social Security, fortify our defense, provide a quality public education and offer economic assistance to rural areas."
- Bennie Thompson
(Related: Education, Quality, Defense, Tax, Public, Security)

"The casinos brought lots of revenue and jobs to our community. We've seen lots of benefits from those tax dollars."
- Tina Thompson
(Related: Benefits, Community, Tax, Jobs)

"Tax cuts are an investment in working families."
- Tommy Thompson
(Related: Tax, Investment, Tax cuts)

"The death tax robs parents of the opportunity to pass something along to their children, and it is responsible for destroying a lot of family-owned businesses."
- Mac Thornberry
(Related: Death, Family, Opportunity, Children, Tax, Parents)

"Yet, individuals and corporations in Puerto Rico pay no federal income tax."
- Dick Thornburgh
(Related: Corporations, Tax, Income)

"The bottom line is that the death tax is a tax on the economy because it slows economic growth."
- Todd Tiahrt
(Related: Death, Growth, Economy, Tax)

"Additionally, this tax forces family businesses to invest in Uncle Sam rather than the economy. When families are forced to repurchase businesses because of the death tax, that means less money is being invested in new jobs and capital expansion."
- Todd Tiahrt
(Related: Death, Family, Money, Being, Economy, Tax, Jobs)

"Now is not the time to compromise on the economy. Instead, we should be doing everything in our power to support long-term economic growth. Permanent repeal of the death tax will mean more high-quality, high-paying jobs for Americans."
- Todd Tiahrt
(Related: Death, Power, Time, Growth, Americans, Compromise, Economy, Tax, Jobs, Now, Support, Will)

"So we want to change the tax system. We want it to be fair, and we want to see some tax relief because people do three things when they get a little extra money in their pocket: They save it or they spend it or they invest it."
- Todd Tiahrt
(Related: Change, Money, People, Tax, Want)

"My constituents in Kansas know the death tax is a duplicative tax on small businesses and family farms that, in many cases, families have spent generations building."
- Todd Tiahrt
(Related: Death, Family, Building, Tax, Generations)

"A democratic government is the only one in which those who vote for a tax can escape the obligation to pay it."
- Alexis de Tocqueville
(Related: Government, Tax, Obligation, Vote)

"In other words, a democratic government is the only one in which those who vote for a tax can escape the obligation to pay it."
- Alexis de Tocqueville
(Related: Government, Tax, Obligation, Vote, Words)

"Besides, we had a large debt, contracted at home and abroad in our War of Independence; therefore the great power of taxation was conferred upon this Government."
- Robert Toombs
(Related: Government, Home, Power, War, Debt, Independence, Taxation)

"If you don't get spending under control, eventually you're going to have a big tax increase."
- Pat Toomey
(Related: Control, Tax)

"Now the truth of the matter is that there are a lot of things people don't understand. Take the Einstein theory. Take taxes. Take love. Do you understand them? Neither do I. But they exist. They happen."
- Dalton Trumbo
(Related: Love, Truth, People, Now, Taxes, Theory)

"Today, and I'm very strongly against tax increases."
- Donald Trump
(Related: Tax, Tax increases, Today)

"Once the housing market begins to recover, I would phase out the mortgage tax deduction."
- Joshua A. Tucker
(Related: Tax)

"You shouldn't get to live in society and give nothing back. People complain about their taxes, yet they do nothing for the community. That makes me furious."
- Kathleen Turner
(Related: Society, People, Community, Nothing, Taxes)

"What is the difference between a taxidermist and a tax collector? The taxidermist takes only your skin."
- Mark Twain
(Related: Difference, Tax, Skin)

"The people are hungry: It is because those in authority eat up too much in taxes."
- Lao Tzu
(Related: People, Authority, Taxes)

"The tax collector must love poor people, he's creating so many of them."
- Bill Vaughan
(Related: Love, People, Tax, Poor)

"Look, we play the Star Spangled Banner before every game. You want us to pay income taxes, too?"
- Bill Veeck
(Related: Income, Play, Taxes, Want)

"Students often approached me about state-paid tuition while I was out campaigning. After I explained to them that if the state pays their tuition now, they will pay higher taxes to pay other people's tuition for the rest of their lives, most of them ended up agreeing with me."
- Jesse Ventura
(Related: People, Now, Rest, State, Students, Taxes, Will)

"I don't believe we need the government's help as much as some think we do. That belief sets me apart from the Democrats, since their way of dealing with everything is to tax and spend."
- Jesse Ventura
(Related: Government, Belief, Democrats, Tax, Help)

"Of course, tax revenues have ended up being substantially higher than they were at the time these dire projections were made, and we are very close now to having a balanced budget. All that has been very helpful."
- Charles Vest
(Related: Time, Being, Tax, Now)

"Nearly all educational expenditure should be considered a capital outlay, whether it provides a future return in the form of enhanced taxable income or in terms of an enhanced quality of life."
- William Vickrey
(Related: Life, Quality, Future, Income)

"The genius of our ruling class is that it has kept a majority of the people from ever questioning the inequity of a system where most people drudge along, paying heavy taxes for which they get nothing in return."
- Gore Vidal
(Related: Genius, People, Class, Majority, Nothing, Questioning, Taxes)

"Love is much nicer to be in than an automobile accident, a tight girdle, a higher tax bracket or a holding pattern over Philadelphia."
- Judith Viorst
(Related: Love, Accident, Tax)

"Ronald Reagan's vision of smaller government, less taxes, and a strong national defense has led to a prosperous America. As president, he rebuilt our military and reinvigorated our confidence in ourselves."
- David Vitter
(Related: Government, Vision, America, Confidence, Defense, Military, President, Taxes)

"We are witnessing a slow, steady takeover of our true freedoms. We are becoming a socialist nation, and whoever can't see this is probably hoping it isn't true. If we permit Mr. Obama to take over all our industries, if we permit him to raise our taxes to support unconstitutional causes, then we will be in default. This great America will become a paralyzed nation."
- Jon Voight
(Related: America, Causes, Nation, Support, Taxes, Will)

"It is time to recognize a simple fact of life. Contrary to what some of my colleagues seem to believe, tax cuts do not pay for themselves."
- George Voinovich
(Related: Time, Life, Fact, Tax, Tax cuts)

"The rich aren't like us, they pay less taxes."
- Peter De Vries
(Related: Taxes)

"Well, they had a lot of the things they found in his possession. They had the map, you know, that marked the route of the parade. They had statements from the bus driver and the taxicab driver that hauled him somewhere."
- Henry Wade
(Related: Possession)

"The women who pass away before they receive Social Security, for them this is nothing but a tax from which they or their family will never receive a benefit."
- Ginny B. Waite
(Related: Family, Women, Tax, Nothing, Security, Will)

"I don't have a lot to share with other men. My heart sinks when I get into a taxi and someone starts talking to me about football."
- David Walliams
(Related: Men, Heart, Football, Talking)

"You can't be evangelical and associate yourself with Jesus and what he says about the poor and just have no other domestic concerns than tax cuts for wealthy people."
- Jim Wallis
(Related: People, Tax, Poor, Tax cuts)

"So when the only domestic social policy is tax cuts that mostly benefit the wealthiest Americans, we say, 'Where is faith being put into action here?'"
- Jim Wallis
(Related: Faith, Policy, Action, Americans, Being, Tax, Tax cuts)

"And here a most heinous charge is made, that the nation has been burdened with unnecessary expenses for the sole purpose of preventing the discharge of our debts and the abolition of taxes."
- Robert Walpole
(Related: Purpose, Nation, Taxes)

"Republicans in Congress boosted the economy by cutting taxes and ending programs that don't work."
- Zach Wamp
(Related: Work, Congress, Economy, Ending, Republicans, Taxes)

"Failure to properly control our borders costs citizens in many ways: schools become overcrowded, medical resources are stretched too thin, other government services are overtaxed, and taxes increase further."
- Zach Wamp
(Related: Government, Medical, Control, Failure, Schools, Taxes)

"Employees make the best dates. You don't have to pick them up and they're always tax-deductible."
- Andy Warhol
(Related: Employees, Tax)

"The thing generally raised on city land is taxes."
- Charles Dudley Warner
(Related: Land, Taxes)

"I am outraged that a House member has tried through this provision to breach the traditional confidentiality of individual Americans' tax returns. There is no reason for this measure, and this last-minute act violates all principles of judgment and common sense."
- John Warner
(Related: Act, Americans, Common sense, Tax, Judgment, Measure, Principles, Reason)

"Virginia 's tax system needs to be fixed. The time to act is now. Do not send me any more studies. Do not send me another piecemeal approach that confuses tinkering with real reform."
- Mark Warner
(Related: Time, Act, Tax, Needs, Now, Reform)

"Here's the truth. The proposed top rate of income tax is not 50 per cent. It is 50 per cent plus 1.5 per cent national insurance paid by employees plus 13.3 per cent paid by employers. That's not 50 per cent. Two years from now, Britain will have the highest tax rate on earned income of any developed country."
- Andrew Lloyd Webber
(Related: Truth, Country, Employees, Tax, Income, Now, Will, Years)

"An unlimited power to tax involves, necessarily, the power to destroy."
- Daniel Webster
(Related: Power, Tax)

"For the fifth year in a row, the Bush budget cuts city core services to pay for wealthy tax breaks. And once again, the mayor's requests were not funded."
- Anthony Weiner
(Related: Tax)

"All those predictions about how much economic growth will be created by this, all of those new jobs, would be created by the things we wanted - the extension of unemployment insurance and middle class tax cuts. An estate tax for millionaires adds exactly zero jobs. A tax cut for billionaires - virtually none."
- Anthony Weiner
(Related: Growth, Class, Tax, Jobs, Middle class, Tax cuts, Unemployment, Will)

"We've been able to access deals that under our former relationship with Disney - with tax advantages and strategic partners - that we just weren't able to do."
- Harvey Weinstein
(Related: Deals, Disney, Tax)

"It was under Wilson, of course, that the first huge parts of the Marxist program, such as the progressive income tax, were incorporated into the American system."
- Robert Welch
(Related: American, First, Tax, Income)

"Speaking of tax fairness, it was Senator Kerry who voted to increase the income tax on senior citizens on Social Security, earning as little as $32,000 a year."
- Bill Weld
(Related: Tax, Income, Security)

"My slogan when I ran was that there is no such thing as government money, there is only taxpayer's money, and that cut pretty deep."
- William Weld
(Related: Government, Money, Deep, Pretty)

"I think coercive taxation is theft, and government has a moral duty to keep it to a minimum."
- William Weld
(Related: Government, Duty, Taxation, Theft)

"Today the House has a chance to give 25 million married couples the best Valentine's Day gift possible, elimination from the most unfair of taxes, the marriage tax penalty."
- Jerry Weller
(Related: Marriage, Chance, Day, Tax, Taxes, Today)

"The tax code can be used to eliminate the toll booths on the information superhighway."
- Jerry Weller
(Related: Tax, Information)

"Tax reform and expanded trade are going to be so important to the economy of Illinois, particularly the 11th Congressional District, which is a major manufacturing and a major agricultural district."
- Jerry Weller
(Related: Economy, Tax, Manufacturing, Reform, Trade)

"Tax breaks can serve a vital role in keeping and bringing jobs to our state; however, without accountability, they are little more than loopholes at taxpayers' expense."
- Jeanne Kohl Welles
(Related: Tax, Jobs, State)

"I support transitioning from the progressive tax to a flat tax system - both individual and corporate/business."
- Allen West
(Related: Tax, Support)

"Too much of a good thing can be taxing."
- Mae West
"What the Democrats don't seem to understand is that higher taxes mean fewer American jobs and less American production."
- Lynn Westmoreland
(Related: American, Democrats, Jobs, Production, Taxes)

"No nice men are good at getting taxis."
- Katherine Whitehorn
(Related: Men)

"Unmarried couples should get married - that's an excellent tax avoidance measure, if a bit drastic."
- John Whiting
(Related: Tax, Measure)

"You know, I like to think that I will subscribe very much to the core Republican principles of small government. Making a small number of rules and getting out of the way. Keeping taxes low. Creating an environment for small businesses to grow and thrive."
- Meg Whitman
(Related: Government, Environment, Principles, Republican, Rules, Taxes, Will)

"Because what happens is, as the economy suffers, tax revenues go down. But unlike businesses, where at least your variable costs go down, in government your variable costs go up: unemployment insurance, workmen's compensation, health care benefits, welfare, you name it."
- Meg Whitman
(Related: Government, Health, Benefits, Care, Economy, Tax, Name, Unemployment, Welfare)

"Over the past two years, the House has passed more than 50 measures focused on stimulating the economy and expanding opportunities for American workers. The tax relief provisions in this package have been an important part of our pro-growth agenda."
- Roger Wicker
(Related: American, Economy, Tax, Past, Workers, Years)

"Legislation to create a new 10 percent tax bracket, reduce the marriage penalty, cut the tax rate on dividends and capital gains, and increase the child tax credit have been essential elements in this economic expansion."
- Roger Wicker
(Related: Marriage, Credit, Tax, Legislation)

"I am a big fan of the TV series Taxi which combined comedy and pathos better than any other show I've seen."
- Douglas Wood
(Related: Comedy)

"The author takes the position that the consumer pays the tax, and as such every individual of the social order should be given unlimited opportunity to make the most of himself."
- Carter G. Woodson
(Related: Opportunity, Tax, Order)

"Income tax returns are the most imaginative fiction being written today."
- Herman Wouk
(Related: Being, Fiction, Tax, Income, Today)

"The only imaginative fiction being written today is income tax returns."
- Herman Wouk
(Related: Being, Fiction, Tax, Income, Today)

"Now, I do think when we move into 2012 and '13 when, presumably, the economy is on firmer ground, I would allow the tax rates for upper-income individuals to revert back to where they were before the cuts in the 1990s. I think at that point it makes perfect sense."
- Mark Zandi
(Related: Economy, Tax, Now, Sense)

"Yes. I don't think it would be appropriate at this point to raise taxes on anyone, certainly not in 2011."
- Mark Zandi
(Related: Taxes)

"In how many lives does love really play a dominant part? The average taxpayer is no more capable of a 'grand passion' than of a grand opera."
- Israel Zangwill
(Related: Love, Opera, Passion, Play)

"Every evening, I come home tired and have just enough energy to fill out the endless tax forms, to pay bills, not to let my house neglected and to hear the radio concert for an hour."
- Fritz Zwicky
(Related: Home, Energy, Evening, Tax)