The Goose That Lays The Golden Eggs

A great blog on finances from the UK. 

I found this resource when I was searching for the story about taxes and how taxes relates to the care and feeding of the golden goose and how that goose does perhaps eat too much. Jim Rohn spoke about it back 1993 when I first met him.  The text is below and a link to the article that inspired the search of the memory bank. ~ TLR

Jim Rohn on Taxation – The Goose That Lays the Golden Eggs

One of the original Financial Fairy Tales – The Goose That Lays The Golden Eggs tells the tale of a farmer with a steady and reliable stream of passive income. Sadly he gets greedy and ends up killing the source in the search for instant gratification.

In this article, one of my mentors Jim Rohn uses the Golden Goose story to discuss taxation. Here’s what he had to say:-

I realize that the topic of  taxes may seem like a strange place to begin the discussion of creating wealth.  And yet throughout our lives, whether young or old, we must learn the necessity  of paying taxes. And as soon as they have any money at all, our children, too, must  learn that when they spend money they immediately become consumers. And all consumers  of goods and services, no matter how young, must pay taxes. Why?

Because we have all agreed  to live as a society, and for that society to function properly, there are some  things we cannot do for ourselves alone. For example, we cannot each build a piece  of the street. The machinery would be too expensive, and it would take too long  to learn how to use it. So we have a government. And a government is made up of  people who do things for us that we cannot or do not want to do ourselves. Because  the streets, the sidewalks, the police, and the fire department must all be paid  for, we’ve agreed to add some money each time we buy something and give it to the  government.

We then move on to federal  taxes. Here is a good way to explain federal taxes. I call it “The Care and Feeding  of the Goose That Lays the Golden Eggs.” It’s so important to feed the goose-not  to abuse the goose or tear off its wings-but to feed and care for it.

What’s that you say? The goose  eats too much? That’s probably true. But then, don’t we all eat too much? If so,  let not one appetite accuse another. If you step on the scales and you’re ten pounds  too heavy, you’ve got to say, “Yes, the government and I are each about ten pounds  too heavy. Looks like we both eat too much.” No question about it. Every appetite  must be disciplined-yours, mine, and the government’s. Hey, we could all go on a  diet!

My mentor, Mr. Shoaff, urged  me early on to become a happy taxpayer. Now, I must admit it took a while, but I  finally did become a happy taxpayer. Part of this transformation occurred when I  began to understand the function of taxes and that it is right for everyone to pay  his or her fair share.

I finally decided I didn’t  mind picking up my share of the tab for defense. It’s so necessary for our safety  as a country to keep the bullies away. Some people say, “Why bother with all that  expensive equipment? They won’t come over here.” Obviously, those people haven’t  been reading their history books.

Others say, “We’re not about  to pick up the tab for defense.” Well then, I suggest they go to a place which doesn’t  offer defense as part of the package. If one is going to enjoy the benefits, one  should pay a share.

Now, let me add this: Don’t  pay more than you should. By all means take advantage of the incentives. They were  given to you as a reward for channeling your money into areas the government thinks  helps the economy.

All I’m saying is that when  everything has been computed, all legitimate deductions have been taken, and you  reach that last line on your income tax form, whatever the amount, pay it. And pay  with happiness, knowing that you’re feeding the goose that lays the golden eggs-the  golden eggs of freedom, safety, justice, and free enterprise. Some goose! Some eggs.

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