BUNKERVILLE | God, Guns and Guts Comrades! by Mustang (Our man on the beat in the U.K.)
Taxes pay for the government (local, state, federal) and common use infrastructure, such as highways and bridges. We all know this, of course, and can appreciate why these taxes must be paid. Infrastructure supports commerce, and commerce fuels the economy. So far, so good. But there are other reasons for taxes that many of us find objectionable. Here are a few of these:
- Foreign aid, macro-organized welfare programs, and offering free education and medical care for illegal aliens might top the list, but then liberal politicians make no bones about the fact that taxation allows for the redistribution of income. Robbery, some would say … stealing from Peter to pay Paul.
- We must also pay the salaries of government employees. There are literally millions of local, state, and federal employees, such that after a while, we might wonder … is government ever big enough to administer all government’s programs? Apparently not, and depending on where these employees work, their salaries can be quite hefty. How does any rational person justify the salaries of members of Congress (as high as $190,000.00 annually)? Do they really earn this kind of money in terms of the services they provide? And of course, the more employees there are, the more buildings we need to house them, the higher the cost of their benefits, and the longer-term retirement program obligations.
But there are other reasons to tax the crap out of people. Enforcement of rules and regulations is one of these, and punishment for behaving in a certain way. Sin taxes come to mind —and seat-belt laws that are less about public safety than they are about collecting revenues[…]
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