More taxes, is about the only solution to any problem that politicians can come up with and that strangles true enterprise. Just think about it: you get taxed on your wages / pension and pay some form of tax AND VAT on everything that you ever buy ...
Even air is indirectly taxed ! Not only do you pay for the water that you use but you are value added taxed on it as well. I understand that one has to pay to get water collected, stored and piped to the point of use, but what exactly is the 'Added Value' - that they TAX ? All forms of food are also taxed, 'Value Added' but what does that mean ? If you buy an apple you pay for its production and transport to the point of sale, so where is the 'Added Value' ?
Your houses are taxed when you buy the building materials, there is a purchase tax on the land on which it stands, you pay tax on the cost of labour and you pay council tax on the finished product. What ever form of heating / energy you use is taxed and they even tax your crap ... sewage. If you think that's the bottom line, check out the price of a coffin and the plot in which it gets placed ... TAXED.
Oh yes, our ancestors were right, battling Bill's book was rightly named 'the Doomsday Book' because once you are registered at birth you are doomed to pay taxes !
Has any Emperor, King, President, whatever you call your boss, ever told their people: "It is my aim to tax you to death" ? Not to my knowledge ... but that's exactly what they do today !
There is a way around paying excessive taxes: Be environmentally friendly ... Save energy, ride a bike or walk to work (getting fitter and healthier at the same time and so also saving on medication as well), indeed be economical with all forms of energy and so also reduce air pollution at the same time. Use things until they are worn out, replacing items only when it's unavoidable. Grow as much of your own food as possible and so eat healthily into the bargain. Not only will you save paying the taxes but you will save in having not bought unnecessary items. If the Value Added Tax portion is, say 20%, that's 200 quid, dollars, euro's on every thousand that you earn in a year. If you are poor and only earn or receive 10,000 a year ... you suddenly have at least 2 k over each year AND that's just the tax savings !