The income tax question, inverted

Congressman and two-time Presidential candidate Ron Paul on TIME’s ’10 Questions’:

Why do you oppose the income tax?
Because I have a right to the fruits of my labor, and government does not. If you concede the principle of the income tax, you concede the principle that the government owns all your income and permits you to keep a certain percentage of it. (emphasis added) God-given rights to our life and our liberty don’t come from government.

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