We interrupt this church-themed blog for a post regarding the most state-ish of all matters: taxation.
I’ve heard a lot the past couple of days about wealthy people who think that they are being taxed without being represented. Apparently, the fact that the wealthiest 10% of the population are represented by less than a majority of Congress is a problem. To me, it’s democracy. And so to protest, they recommend sending the President bags of tea or throwing tea into bodies of water. To me, that’s littering, not to mention the waste of perfectly good tea.
And then I’ve heard from people who describe themselves as anti-tax. This astounds me.
I have concluded that those who are self-professed “anti-tax” are individuals who:
- have no children. If they did, they’d care about how public education was funded. Also, they themselves are not recipients of public education. At the very least, I assume they never took a class in Civics.
- have no elderly parents or grandparents. If they did, they’d care how Medicare was funded. They plan to die young enough and/or healthy enough not to need any assistance.
- are in fact, the picture of perfect health, and so do not care about how medical research is funded.
- have their own home security system, and so do not care about how law enforcement or criminal justice are funded.
- do not use electricity, fire, or other combustibles, and so do not care about how fire departments are funded.
- do not own or operate vehicles, and so do not care about how highway maintenance is funded.
- are in possession of a personal arsenal, and so do not care about funding the security of our nation or it interests (it should be noted that I am largely opposed to my tax dollars supporting a bloated defense budget, but, as we have men and women engaged in battle, I think I should help fund whatever efforts we can to keep them safe, rather than calculating out the portion of my taxes that go to military spending and refusing to pay).
- do not know a single person living near or below poverty line. At. All.
I therefore presume that the majority of anti-tax folks are the only members of their families, and live alone in self-sustaining underground bunkers.
Me, I’ll pay my taxes, because by doing so I help my fellow citizens and together we pay for services I need and could never afford on my own. And I’ll keep my tea where it belongs, in a cup in my middle-class-home kitchen, thanks.
Yeah, most of that is a little tongue-in-cheek. But I challenge one, just *one*, anti-tax or even anti-progressive-tax adherent to explain to me how their position isn’t a horribly callous, short-sighted, and incompassionate one. Should that happen, I may drop a bit of my sarcasm, and may also be chivalrous enough to recommend that they vet their slogans for innuendo before publicizing them.