Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Taxes are the "User Fees for Civilization"

A post at Addicting Info lists over a hundred things we take for granted that are funded by the taxes we pay.

cartoon of two tiny people standing in front of the giant word TAX

Here are a few of my favorites:

1. Do not use Medicare.
2. Do not use Social Security

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.

24. Do not ask for an attorney when you are arrested and do not ask for one to be assigned to you by the court.

36. Do not ask for FEMA assistance when everything you own gets wiped out by disaster.

52. Do not ask for help from the FBI, S.W.A.T, the bomb squad, Homeland Security, State troopers, etc…

66. Do not use Medicaid.

70. Do not ask the Army Corps of Engineers to rebuild levees when they break.
71. Do not let the Coast Guard save you from drowning when your boat capsizes at sea.

The fact is, we pay for the lifestyle we expect. Without taxes, our lifestyles would be totally different and much harder. . . .

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. . . . 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.

So next time you object to paying taxes or fight to abolish taxes for corporations and the wealthy, keep this quote in mind…

“I like to pay taxes. With them, I buy civilization.”
~Oliver Wendell Holmes

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