Monday, August 22, 2011

What We Get For Our Taxes

A common criticism on the right of Warren Buffet's recent plea for higher taxes on the rich was basically, "You like taxes so much, you pay 'em!"  One is reminded of the infamous government-off-my-medicare sign.

People so ready to complain about taxes seem to forget how important the government is to almost every area of our lives.  If you don't like taxes, you should probably be ready to do without medicare and social security.

Not only that, but they should also opt out of libraries, parks, public schools, police services, etc. They should probably also avoid out of businesses who employ people who depend on such services, or depend on them themselves. They should stop eating food that has been inspected, living near natural hazards that have been guarded against, using drugs that have benefited from government research, or using technology that has been supported and developed by the government.

They did some silly news show recently where they asked a family to remove everything in their house that was made outside the US. Maybe they should do a similar show about people who have to live without direct or indirect government assistance. After (hopefully)surviving a few weeks, an actor playing Ronald Reagan could show up and introduce himself: “Hi. I’m from the government and I’m here to help.” Probably won’t sound so scary then.

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