I woke up this morning to my alarm clock at 5:15 AM, as I do every weekday. I turned on the hallway light and walked downstairs. In this single minute of my day, I was already subject to taxes levied upon me through Com Ed, my power supplier. I took a shower with my municipally taxed water, ate my sales taxed breakfast, and drove my sales taxed car fueled by my heavily taxed gasoline on to the toll road to get to my office so that I may make my income and social security taxed living.
Wow…that’s a lot of taxes before 8:30 in the morning!
When is government too much government? I’m not sure, since at the moment, we have NO government. But I’m starting to think we’re approaching that “too much” number.
From the founding of our country, the government had a handful of jobs; protecting us from marauding bears, keeping us safe from foreign interlopers, and making sure we all played nice together in our new home. Sometimes, protection costs money (see “Mafia” in the dictionary), so taxes were levied to pay for that security. But taxes were used to pay debt, not to keep taxpayers IN debt.
Today, the government is involved in every aspect of what we do, from approving the foods we eat to monitoring what websites we visit. And although they still won’t verify the existence of Area 51, they do little else to hide what they’re up to. Unfortunately, it has become “white noise” for the average American. If Congress gives themselves a little pay raise, it is unlikely anyone will speak out, because we’re so used to that sort of nonsense. Add more taxes to pay for orange trees in the south lawn of The White House??? No problem. Pile ‘em on!
It may be too late for us, but maybe the message at the base of The Statue of Liberty should be amended to read: “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door, and earnestly await your tax dollars”