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You never really "own" your house anyway, even if you don't have a mortgage. Try skipping your annual real-estate tax and see how fast the country will put you out on the street.

I recently (last couple of years) became a libertarian (previously I was republican, and in my college years I was a democrat... funny how that works). This statement above is one of the "eye openers" that got me going. The fact that income is necessary at all times because you can't even live in "your" house even after you've paid your mortgage really means that either the government is somehow legally stealing from you or the house was never yours to begin with. And all this time I thought the government was us, the people... How did we end up taxing ourselves? Nobody wants to pay taxes and yet there's always more and more taxes to be paid.
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