This Wednesday, it’s July 4th and 236 years since the signing of the Declaration of Independence.
Solomon wrote: There is nothing new under the sun” (Ecclesiastes 1:9). Although I can’t imagine our forefathers would have stood for being taxed on what they didn’t buy. That’s gotta be new.
Take a listen: I Spy Minute Mon July 02 2012. Or read the transcript below.
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This week will mark 236 years since the signing of the Declaration of Independence.
There were many causes leading up the American Revolution but it essentially began soon after the French and Indian War. With taxes.
In debt for its global expansion and war with France, Britain was running out of cash. So—much like today—they looked around to see who wasn’t being taxed enough already.
And that was the American colonies. The British claimed the tax was for the colonies’ own good, that it would help pay for their protection.
Which was ironic because the French and Indian War had just ended, so who were they being protected against?
The first tax was the 1764 Sugar Act, placing a tax on certain foods, including coffee and wine, and banned the import of rum and French wines. And put a three-cent tax on sugar.
Does this not sound a lot like today? I wonder if Michelle Obama has read any history books.
But just imagine if King George had decided to tax the colonies for not buying sugar. We’d be probably celebrating the 248th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence.