I heard one of the conservative pundits wonder outloud where are the 26% of Americans who think Obama is doing a great job. Uh... well here's an example.
I also WANT to pay more taxes, by which I mean, I wish I were taxed more, because no I am not going to just pay extra money directly to the government. Bottom line is – I barely have anything to give, and being taxed is different than paying taxes IMO – when I am taxed from my paycheck, the money is just gone, POOF! You’re welcome, Feds! And I don’t bat an eyelash or shed a tear over dollars gone – those are my dollars, and they are working for me. Guess what? They’re working hard for YOU too.
What we can do, those of us who want to pay more taxes, we can just help each other a little more. We can go donate our time at a shelter, a soup kitchen, a school. We can take our old clothes to Goodwill or the Salvation Army, help our elderly neighbors with their lawn care or shopping, we can donate blood, we can pick up some trash on the roadsides.
I know, it may sound trite, but it’s true. I have lots of opinions and one of them is this: Taxes are the price we pay to live in a civilized society – can’t you all see that we’ve become somewhat less civilized towards each other in the last decade? It’s because we (Americans as a whole) are not paying enough taxes. Our elderly aren’t getting the care they need, our schools are in disarray, our investments are uncertain, our overall morale is low.
I fully support tax increases, and I hope to see taxes increased after the 2012 election. In fact, I’ll be downright enraged if they aren’t – that’s right, that’s right – I haven’t been taxed enough already.
and my reply:
I think in some ways, you are on the right track. We can and should help each other a bit more at shelters, soup kitchens, school and church, helping our neighbors and our community. Ponder for a moment would it would be like if people had enough freedom with their own money to invest in their own communities, or if someone had a great idea for distributing food, or helping kids learn art or music or something and you or I could invest something towards that because we don’t have to pay income taxes. When did it ever become a great idea to throw money into the big black hole that is the government and expect them to do a better, more efficient or even more humane job than individuals or communities could?
Have you ever noticed which side is the most uncivil to the other? Just a thought.