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Monday, September 23, 2013

Taxes


My daughter was recently studying the 100 years war.  In a nutshell, this was a war fought between England and France over higher taxes.  (Look it up- this is the war that Joan of Arc won for France.)

 

That got me thinking, people used to have the sense to fight when their taxes were raised.

 

Now, if you don’t want to pay higher taxes, there is no debate, you can’t fight.  If you don’t like taxes going up, people say that means you are selfish and don’t want to help people!

 

Nothing could be further from the truth.  Helping people and higher taxes have nothing to do with each other!

 

America is the wealthiest and most generous country in the world.  We are so generous, that, currently, our tax system gives us deductions for donating to charities.

 

And, there are many charities out there that do a fantastic job of getting things to people in need.  The Red Cross, for example, hands medical supplies to people who need them.  Another local example is my church.  My church offers childcare to single mothers while they get their education.  We also offer job assistance, help with getting housing and food.  Yes, we pack up bags of food and hand it out to needy people.  This is an effective use of my money.  These are real examples of helping people.

 

The higher my taxes go, the less I can afford to give to effective organizations like the church, the Red Cross, St, Jude’s, etc.

 

Now, think about a government agency – the post office.  When you think of the post office do you think of efficiency?  Do you think of a helpful organization that gives a valuable service at a reasonable price?  NO!  The postal service raises their rates indiscriminately while simultaneously lowering its services.  And, if you need help, ha!  Get in line and wait!

 

Is the government effective at helping people?  I don’t think so.  The government creates nothing, it only takes, sets up a bureaucracy and does not do an effective job of helping people.

 

Lower tax rates, give money back to the people.  We can give that money to people in need!