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Monday, May 19, 2014

The Derponomicon: Part 2

And now a response to:

Ok, here it is; The problem (one of many) with Larkins argument is he is not an elected official in any position of leadership or authority. So his example is basically simplified nonsense. If he said he was going to come into your house and rob you, but then in return maintain your house, mow your lawn, fix the stairs and sidewalk and landscaping around your house, protect your house from foreign invaders and fire, and ensure that you receive electricity, food, and water through infrastructure that allows it's easy transfer, he might have a point. You see for the taxes we pay aren't just going to a bunch of "lazy freeloaders" who do nothing. A fraction. Of a percentage of our federal taxes go to the poor. A much larger percentage of our federal taxes goes to subsidize the very privatized industries that bring us things like food, fuel, electricity, and water...but we still have to PAY THEM out of our own pockets for the services they provide. Giving needy, desperate, destitute, and even lazy people that don't want to work, the means to survive is essentially society's payment to them to keep them from having to resort to crime and violence to feed their families. I am not sure who said it, but there is a quote out there that says "Taxes are the price we pay for civilization." Every single day, no matter who you are, are benefitting from.the collective taxation of US citizens. Whether you walk on a sidewalk, turn on a light, use the internet, eat a candy bar, drive in a car, use a computer, use indoor plumbing, etc. All of these things have been facilitated by the government and would not exist in their current for if not for the organization and incentives the government provides. Perhaps instead of worrying about the crumbs the poor are tossed like so many pigeons behind a bakery dumpster, perhaps we should worry about the guys in business suits repossesing everything in the bakery and foreclosing on the property.

He believes that elections magically make it OK for some people to steal. He also believes that only a fraction of taxes go to social programs and that such payments are a payment to prevent them from stealing. Does he bother to consider crime rates before all these welfare programs existed? No, for that would require thought. Also he believes there would be no cars, candy bars, or indoor plumbing without the federal govt collecting taxes.

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