From a book I’m reading:
It was a “voluntary” tax in the sense that people controlled how much they paid by how much they consumed.”
No, I’m not reading a Neil Boortz book about the Fair Tax. I’m reading “The Whiskey Rebellion : Frontier Epilogue to the American Revolution,” by Thomas P. Slaughter (1986). The statement above is in Chapter one, in a description of the much-hated British consumption taxes of the 18th century, usually known as interior taxes or excise taxes. The British government was arguing the same way Neil Boortz does.