Taxes! What are they good for?

My taxes and my rent are just about equal. And you know what? That’s fine with me. Taxes are the price you pay for living in a civilized society, and ours is exceedingly civilized. It chafes me no end to hear folks say they’d rather not pay. Well, fine then. Get off my fucking roads.

I think people lose sight of what exactly taxes do for them. So here, in no particular order, are a few things I thought of right off the top of my head:

  1. I can flush my toilet without digging a big hole first. Those that must still dig big holes must encase them so my food and water isn’t poisoned.
  2. While the river isn’t perfect, I don’t faint from the stench when I get near it.
  3. When people do really bad things, I can sue them or have them arrested.
  4. I can walk on the sidewalk.
  5. I can take a bus.
  6. I can have a picnic in the park.
  7. Roads are there when I need them, and because of them I can have anything I need (including groceries) brought to me by…
  8. …a mail carrier.
  9. My boss can’t grab my ass without serious legal consequences.
  10. I can breathe the air without choking.
  11. The water from the tap is delicious and healthful.
  12. Food from the grocery store is extremely unlikely to poison me.
  13. My neighborhood is livable and lively.
  14. I can get just about anything I want.
  15. If there is a fire, someone will come put it out.
  16. If I come home and find my door ajar, someone will come over and go in before me, to make sure the bad guys are gone, and help me find out what happened.
  17. I can say whatever I want to right here on this site.
  18. I can help someone get elected to office.
  19. The kids in my neighborhood can, for the most part, read.
  20. Those same kids aren’t forced into slave labor as soon as they can walk.
  21. The parks, streets, and sidewalks are clean.
  22. Even if my phone service is disconnected, I can always dial 911 in an emergency.
  23. A family with children need not worry about the heat being cut off in the winter.
  24. Resources are usually there to help through hard times.
  25. I only have to work so many hours per week, and I must be compensated.
  26. Wild dog attack is unlikely.
  27. Pictures from Mars!

That’s just five minutes of thought. I do believe I’m getting my money’s worth. I may not always agree with every budgetary expenditure, but I certainly don’t think I’m paying too much.

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