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Let’s look at a statement one of my Liberal friends posted on his FaceBook and then analyze it.
One thing I am getting is he is denial of the role of Government and Taxes. I fear he has moved from more of a moderate to Liberal. It might be that this is an election year and he feels he must defend his candidate and original decision of voting for Obama in 2008.
Government has a role to play but Government is NOT Mother and smaller government is better government. Government of the people, for the people and by the people.
If greedy people run corporations, what kind of people run government?
The statement I think he felt was a catch 22 or would at least vindicate ObamaCare and whether it is a TAX. See having it a TAX which it IS scares the LEFT because they don’t want people to know they LOVE taxes. It is their crack and most people besides the far LEFT (Liberals/Progressives – remember they like to change that up to try and throw you off the scent) are fiscally conservative.
Here is the statement in all its glory:
The Government tells me I have to wear a seat belt, I personally do not like wearing them on short trips. If I am caught being non-compliant, I am assessed a ticket. Is this a tax or a penalty?
Let's tackle the specifics of your question first. Both!!!
First the US Supreme Court didn’t say parking tickets nor seat belt tickets are a penalty tax like they did with Obamacare so you are NOT comparing apples to apples.
But here goes, state and municipal tickets are a stealth tax called regulation/ordinance-based taxes.
Follow the money.
For someone like the Liberals in that they don’t think FEES are taxes, they don’t think fines are either.
When the government charges something it is a TAX even if the word TAX doesn’t proceed or follow it!
The eyes are useless when the mind is blind!
A fee charged ("levied") by a government on a product, income, or activity. If tax is levied directly on personal or corporate income, then it is a direct tax. If tax is levied on the price of a good or service, then it is called an indirect tax. The purpose of taxation is to finance government expenditure. One of the most important uses of taxes is to finance public goods and services, such as street lighting and street cleaning. Since public goods and services do not allow a non-payer to be excluded, or allow exclusion by a consumer, there cannot be a market in the good or service, and so they need to be provided by the government or a quasi-government agency, which tend to finance themselves largely through taxes.
Dictionary meaning –
Tax - A compulsory contribution to state revenue, duty - impost - imposition - scot - tribute – charge, a sum of money demanded by a government for its support or for specific facilities or services, levied upon incomes, property, sales, etc., a burdensome charge, obligation, duty, or demand, compulsory financial contribution imposed by a government to raise revenue, levied on the income or property of persons or organizations, on the production costs or sales prices of goods and services, etc, to assess or determine judicially the amount of
That’s a cauldron of info!
Seat Belt fines collected from violations of this law go into a dedicated account that goes mostly to the emergency medical service districts for government to offset the government account of tax revenue need from collections.
Motorists convicted of minor traffic violations; the purpose of the civil remedial fees imposed is to generate revenue as are all fines. Special assessments on people who violate laws
It doesn’t matter if it building code violations or traffic violations or parking violations, they are to create revenue in an attempt to offset the cost of worker/program.
No mayor for decades has been able to resist the lure of raising revenue with fines, the tax that dares not say its name.