Benjamin Franklin once said, "But in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes." You will note that he never said anything about the death of a tax. It always has seem to me like once a government puts a tax in place they are loath to remove it. Now I read in China they are finally removing a <a href="">4000 year old tax</a> on farmers. You will note that they just can't remove the tax entierly but have to "phase it out" over 5 years. In true government fashion though this really doesn't help the farmers much.<br />n<br />n<i>Even after the tax is completely phased out, there is no guarantee that farmers will not be slapped with other fees, Li added: "Village bosses can always find an excuse to collect money from farmers."</i><br />n<br />nRemove a Federal tax and some local entity will place a local tax on it to make up "the revenue difference" for the government. I would just like to know where the "village bosses" fit into the government scheme of things. Are they like a mayor, or just a local thug?<br />n<br />n<b>The politicians don't just want your money. They want your soul. They want you to be worn down by taxes until you are dependent and helpless. When you subsidize poverty and failure, you get more of both. James Dale Davidson</b>