This is an installment of the BYMPOTW (Blow Your Mind Post of the Week). In the USSR...I mean USA...if you have paid cash for your house, condominium, farm, acre lot, etc., and don't owe any bank, lender, mortgagee or other creditor a dime, and possess title to such real property free and clear, you really do not own it. This is for the simple fact that taxing authorities and other governmental (and sometimes non-governmental) entities will continually demand that you pay real property taxes (and possibly others taxes and fees) on said real property, and if you fail or refuse to comply, then the real property you thought you owned can be attached to, levied, seized and otherwise encumbered and taken, and you will have no recourse. I will defend this position because it's abject fact. While some of you may claim this is not the truth, or some sort of semantical trickery, I don't believe it is - after all, don't you have to exercise total and free domain over property, free of outside interference, claims of partial or total ownership interests, and free of any obligations to pay further monies or do any further acts before such property is rightfully and truthfully yours? Discuss.