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maybe not exactly the same but it is aguable if the majority of people had to write check to pay their taxes instead of having their taxes auto-deducted by their employer they'd push much harder for lower taxes and less government spending

it's much harder to make $40k a year and write a check for $5k than to just get a net pay of $35k with the $5k never reaching your bank account. (note: No idea what income tax is at $40k)

PS: don't have an opinion if this would be a good or bad idea. can see it both ways

Why is it "arguable"?

What you suggest is exactly how it worked before 1943 and there was a massive expansion of government, government services, and tax rates between 1913 and 1943.

The actual historical evidence strongly suggests this theory is spurious and easily dismissed.

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