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I expect the founding fathers would be appalled by the current size and scope of the US government as they did everything in their power to keep the federal government small and to maximize individual freedom.

Except the worst affront to individual freedom imaginable, slavery, was perfectly legal. So, there's that.

And women couldn't vote. And regular people couldn't vote in lots of states. And it was illegal to be gay, and you couldn't drink beer on Sunday. So...no. Maximizing individual freedom wasn't really on the agenda.

Can we really be said to own our home and land when we have to pay considerable yearly taxes to retain them?

Yes, you really can. But if property taxes offend you, here's what you do: Take the Constitution out for a test drive. Use your right of free speech to rally your friends and neighbors. Use your right to petition the government and let them know exactly what you think. Use your powers of persuasion to convince your elected officials to eliminate property taxes.

And then don't be surprised when some of your friends and neighbors say they want good schools and roads and police and fire protection and everything else that property taxes pay for.

Then you can correctly conclude that your tax bill is the result of the democratic process just as the Founders intended, and not a plot by the evil gummit to steal your freedom.
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