“A Goose to be Plucked”

Thoughts on a Free Market Economy…
“A Goose to be Plucked”
By Phyllis Hunsinger
December 1, 2017

Jean Baptiste Colbert, Louis XIV’s financial minister once said, “The art of taxation consists in so plucking the goose as to obtain the largest amount of feathers with the least amount of hissing.”

There is an old saying, “there is nothing certain in life except death and taxes,” which describes the relationship between the individual and the State. The State might be the city, county, state, or federal government, but the …

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