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Taxes are NOT Evil! August 5, 2010

Posted by Mary W. Matthews in Politics.
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The Greedy Oil Plutocrats have spent at least 30 years insisting that all government is evil (and, Sharron Angle today insists, idolatrous) and that all taxation is unjustifiable taking — especially taxation of the wealthiest (i.e., most Replutocratic) sliver of American society. The result? The most massive national debt in U.S. history, all of it incurred by GOP presidents or Congresses; the greatest social inequality since the robber barons of the late 19th century; deregulation of GOP businesses, to the brink of global disaster in 2008; and a political atmosphere poisoned by hyperpartisanship and venomous lies. Openness to diverging ideas has become treason to the Party Line.

Worst of all, the GOP has met every crisis by lowering taxes and borrowing money to make up for the lost income. Today, taxes are the lowest they’ve been in 60 years — and still the Greedy Oil Plutocrats insist that taxes are too high, that the nation is being bled dry, that no level of taxation is justifiable, and the only answer is to return to the Replutocratic policies that created this disaster. I see political attack ads on the evening news, at least six per half-hour, and every GOP ad lies that “Obama raised taxes” and “Call X Democrat and tell him to stop taking YOUR money!”

To the GOP: Not all government is evil — only all Republican government. And not all taxation is evil — only the overtaxation of the poor and middle classes to compensate for the privileges of the Replutocrat elite, many (probably virtually all) of whom have gamed the system to cheat you and me out of millions of dollars each year. The deficit would vanish if we returned to the taxes of 1988, the final year in office of Saint Ronald the Perfect. To suggest as much would result in Replutocrats first swooning, and then shrieking as though a genuine “mama grizzly” was genuinely reacting to an “adverse” event.

To the GOP; to the so-called “Tea Party”; and to anyone who thinks, “It’s my money, not the government’s”:

— If you want to call the police and have a police officer come, pay your taxes.

— If you want to call the fire department and have them stop your home from burning down, pay your taxes.

— If you want the EMTs to come when daddy has a heart attack, pay your taxes.

— If you want to dial “911” and have someone answer, pay your taxes.

— If you want to drive on smooth, straight, free roads and highways, pay your taxes.

— If you want to be certain your steak isn’t tainted horsemeat, pay your taxes.

— If you like having public libraries, pay your taxes.

— If you want to fly on an airplane without colliding with another airplane, pay your taxes.

— If you want to fly on an airplane without that airplane falling out of the sky for lack of proper care and maintenance, pay your taxes.

— If you want the children of the nation to get enough of an education to function in the world, pay your taxes.

— If you want to be defended from foreign aggression, terrorism, piracy, and other crimes, pay your taxes.

— If you want justice when you go to court, pay your taxes.

— If you want there to be a court, and justice when you need it, pay your taxes.

— If you want the freedom to vote for and be represented by the candidate of your choice — even if that candidate has been endorsed by Sarah, Glenn, Rush, or Rupert Murdoch — pay your damn taxes.

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