The government needs money to exist, to fulfill its role. I do not have a problem with paying taxes. My problem is with the way the government handles my money and how much money it wants to take from me.
When our Constitution was written, a system of checks and balances was put into place to keep one section of the government from acquiring too much power. The voice of the American people, through voting, is one way for the American people to say to government at every level, "Enough is enough."
Government officials, and the way those officials spend money, needs to be held up to scrutiny. This is our money folks, money that we have worked hard for. Are you happy with the way the government spends your tax dollars?
From my perspective, there is a lot of government waste. People joke about it, but it annoys me. People wasting money the way the government does would be fired in the business world. It doesn't matter whether they are Republicans or Democrats, they are all guilty of spending more than is needed, sending money home to their states or counties whether it is a prudent decision or not.
Spend It or Lose It
There is no such thing as a free lunch. Someone pays for every government program that exists. That someone is the hardworking tax-payer. If the government (federal, state, or local) is going to spend money on something, then it should spend that money wisely and as prudently as possible. After all, it is not their own money they are spending.
Whose Money Is It?
There is a mind-set in many, not all politicians that tax dollars rightfully belong to them. I do not find a tax rate of 5% hard to manage, but I do find it quite upsetting that Washington D.C. takes up to 35% of people's income, as well as taxing their property, clothing, gas, school supplies, etc. How much money is left in an American's pocket after the government has finished taxing it?
I appreciate our "Tax-Free Days" in Florida that help parents save money when getting ready for school. I would like to see more examples of government leaving money in people's pockets.
I would not buy an alcoholic a drink. Sure, he might get the drink elsewhere, but I don't want to participate in his destructive behavior. Let the government take some steps in the right direction and I may reconsider my stand. But until then, I will give money to private charities, but will always vote against tax increases.
God Bless America!
And God Bless the American Taxpayer!
Merey (Meredith Ludwig Curtis)