Friday, October 17, 2008

Taxes and our debt TO society

Not many things will raise my blood pressure, but one that did was Miz Palin's insinuation that it's patriotic to avoid paying taxes. Fortunately, I'm not alone in feeling proud to write the check that accompanies my Form 1040. A letter in today's New York Times states my view very well:
To the Editor:

Fair taxation isn’t about “redistributing the wealth” — it’s about giving back to the great country that gave you the opportunity to benefit so greatly.

It’s not about taking money from “Joe the Plumber.” It’s about making sure that “Joe’s Mega-Plumbing Incorporated” gives back to the country and the people who gave him:

¶ Roads and bridges for his trucks to roll on.
¶ Support for research for his latest plumbing equipment.
¶ Public education so he can have a well-trained work force.
¶ Markets so he can raise capital.
¶ Police and firefighters so his business is protected.
¶ Health care so the employees who helped him build his business can stay on the job.
¶ Freedom so that he can build his business creatively.

If “Joe” has been able to become wealthy because of the bounty of America, then he should pay his fair share back to America — that is patriotic.

Daryl Altman
Lynbrook, N.Y., Oct. 16, 2008
More letters at The Times (you may need to register).

1 comment:

Rowena said...

Some things are definitely worth paying for, I like to say. I find it hard to believe that some folks in this country think that paying taxes is the most horrible thing that can happen to them. Sheesh. If only the world was so perfect to allow such superficial self-wallowing and narrow mindedness.