Originally Posted by bkt
Does anyone else see the irony in the Whiskey Rebellion? Taxes were levied against the colonies to help pay for the French and Indian War (which ended in 1763). And Washington's administration levies a pretty arbitrary and arguably illegal tax to help pay for the Revolutionary War. Oy.
No, I can't say that I do because unlike the taxes that King George imposed on the colonies the whiskey tax was constitutionally passed by congress. As unpopular as it may have been it was in no way illegal. Also the taxes imposed by King George effected every free person living in the American colonies while the whiskey tax only effected those involved in producing and indirectly those who bought it.
Nobody who actually has to pay a tax likes to when you get right down to it, but the U.S. War for Independence did have to be paid for and that was the method chosen.