Quote of the Indeterminate Time Interval – Judge Learned Hand

by wfgodbold

It’s been a while since I did one of these, but the faux outrage from the left over Romney’s paying 13% in taxes inspired me.

Judge Learned Hand is commonly referred to as the greatest American judge to never sit on the Supreme Court.

He had this to say on the matter of taxes:

Anyone may arrange his affairs so that his taxes shall be as low as possible; he is not bound to choose that pattern which best pays the treasury. There is not even a patriotic duty to increase one’s taxes. Over and over again the Courts have said that there is nothing sinister in so arranging affairs as to keep taxes as low as possible. Everyone does it, rich and poor alike and all do right, for nobody owes any public duty to pay more than the law demands.

And Hand wasn’t even libertarian or conservative; he ran for office (before becoming a federal appellate judge) as a member of the Progressive Party.


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