“I like to pay taxes. With them, I buy civilization.” ~ Oliver Wendell Holmes
“The fact is, we pay for the lifestyle we expect. Without taxes, our lifestyles would be totally different and much harder. America would be a third world country. The less we pay, the less we get in return. Americans pay less taxes today since 1958 and is ranked 32nd out of 34 of the top tax paying countries. Chile and Mexico are 33rd and 34th.
The Republicans are lying when they say that we pay the highest taxes in the world and are only attacking taxes to reward corporations and the wealthy and to weaken our infrastructure and way of life.” ~ Stephen Foster, Jr.
So, you’re a Republican or Libertarian who hates taxes? Well, since you do not like taxes or government, let me know which of the following from this list (compiled by Stephen D. Foster Jr. of AddictingInfo) you are willing to give up in exchange? This tripe the Republicans are trying to sell reminds me of the lady who felt that if there were no policemen, there would be no crime.
1. Do not use Medicare.
2. Do not use Social Security
3. Do not become a member of the US military, who are paid with tax dollars.
4. Do not ask the National Guard to help you after a disaster.
5. Do not call 911 when you get hurt.
6. Do not call the police to stop intruders in your home.
7. Do not summon the fire department to save your burning home.
8. Do not drive on any paved road, highway, and interstate or drive on any bridge.
9. Do not use public restrooms.
10. Do not send your kids to public schools.
11. Do not put your trash out for city garbage collectors.
Read the rest of this surprising list at 102 Things NOT to do I You Hate Taxes.
The list is interesting. I would like to point out that a lot of the things on the list are paid for by by regulatory fees and other such things, which by definition, aren’t a tax. (In order for something to be a tax you can’t receive a specific benefit from the fee paid.)
I could personally do without SS and would like to see the number of US Military personnel decreased,
Not sure if this is how it works everywhere, but my taxes don’t pay for water/trash/sewer. They send me a bill every month, so by definition that’s not a tax since I pay for the exact service I get. I recognize that some places use sales tax or state and local income taxes.
I’ll also point out that #55 on the list (USPS) isn’t funded with tax dollars either. They’re a self-sustaining (for now at least) service of the US Government.
I don’t hate taxes, in fact I consider it the patriotic thing to do because I love living in America. However, I do take issue with wasteful spending and inefficient or mismanaged funding when I’m paying those taxes, which is more of an issue IMHO than the amount people pay.
Overheard: “Here’s an idea. Every active duty soldier or veteran who has been wounded in the line of duty doesn’t have to pay federal taxes ever again. Same goes for the spouses of soldiers killed in action. The rest of us who HAVEN’T SACRIFICED for our country can accept a 3% rise in their tax rates and be thankful for living in the greatest country on earth!” ~ Matt Stoecker
The Republicans have guided us to a place where the tax burden is greater for the common citizen than it is for the rich. They did that by spending their money on lobbyists and organizations to “change” the truth. I mean, have you heard the new word they have chosen for “the rich”? It is now the “Job Creators”. Makes me want to barf.
Saying that one wishes the government would spend the money wisely, is a cop out; both sides want an efficient government. And don’t even get me started talking about the smear campaign the Republicans carried on the “elite” and now the “teachers”. Money buys tax exemptions and bail outs.
We are the most heavily undertaxed nation in the developed world. (And we are especially undertaxed lately, with the budget-busting 2001 Bush tax breaks followed by — yes — the 2009 Obama tax breaks.) For Pete’s sake! — To cite just one example, we have a HUGE country with a HUGE transportation infrastructure and we are letting it fall apart.
And I’m just talking about maintenance, not even ADVANCEMENT. How many countries have bullet trains now? Why don’t we?? China is putting one in between Beijing and Shanghai and we can’t build one from DC to Boston? WTF?!
But the ignored elephant in the room is “defense”: Thanks to decades of intense and spectacularly successful lobbying by military contractors, we U.S. taxpayers also pay for by far the world’s largest military in order to police the world and occupy parts of it for decades. This means that, to fund military goals (which included defeating European fascism, fighting the Cold War, and then engaging in the “Global War on Terror”) without raising taxes, we are forced to defund or underfund our REAL needs — the needs of our own people in our own “homeland”: the aforementioned maintenance and upgrades to infrastructure, other forward-looking development and retrofitting (renewable energy, basic scientific research), and crucial, immediate needs like basic health care for all. (“Obamacare” took a baby step in that direction but still was WAY too watered down.)