October 7, 2012
Ireland's Odd View on Taxes
Dan O'Brien, Irish Times
We Irish are unusual in our attitude to tax and government spending in at least three respects: we meekly accept increases in "invisible" taxes but revolt when asked to write even small cheques to the Government; once we have paid our taxes, we care little about how politicians spend our money; and despite being a politically right-of-centre nation, civil society voices are much more likely to advocate more taxes and a bigger state than vice versa.
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