I came across something on facebook today and wanted to share it with you. It originally was titled “102 Things Not To Do,” but I felt some of the maxims were either lame or just plain dumb, so I picked out the 50 best and have assembled them for you here.
We all benefit from the remarkable things our taxes buy, manufacture or produce. It’s called “civilization,” “creature comforts,” “progress.” And with more and more people coming into this country, more and more taxes are needed to service the growing population. More importantly, the cost of living rises every year as well, and therefore, the cost of servicing this country rises along with it. So….. taxes should rise along with the rate of inflation in order to keep up with the rising cost of doing business – any business – like building roads; paying for textbooks in kindergarten, elementary, middle school, and high school; subsidizing immunizations; filtering and transporting municiple water; paying for all things military; subsidizing farms; insuring business and home loans; etc .etc .etc.
So, when someone comes up to you and says they are against raising taxes give them this very small list to ponder….
50 Things Not To Do Since You Don’t Want to Pay Taxes or You Want to Reduce Your Taxes
Do not vote. The Government provides voting booths, election day officials, and voting machines which are paid for with taxpayer dollars.
1.Do not save your money in a bank that is FDIC insured. (Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation) – Currently 7,723 institutions are insured for up to $250,000 for each member – that’s 1 billion 930 million 750 thousand dollars, IF and only IF there was ONE MEMBER per bank. And we know there are more than 100 members per. So we’re talking at the very least a sum of $193 BILLION dollars set aside to protect YOUR money with my taxes.
2.Do not apply for loans (home or business or whatever) from any bank or institution that is FDIC insured.
3.Do not apply for unemployment benefits after you’ve lost your job to someone overseas because many companies want to pay less taxes and therefore move their businesses overseas.
4.Do not apply for government grants (free money provided for by taxpayers) to start your own business.
5.Do not bid to win a government contract as your bills, payroll, etc. would be paid for by taxes.
6.Do not apply for any government job whatsoever, as all state and federal employees are paid with tax dollars.
7.Do not run for public office. ALL politicians are paid for with taxpayer dollars.
8.Do not ask the federal government to bail your company out during recessions.
9.Do not ask for Federal (taxpayer) subsidies for your oil company.
10.Do not ask the Department of Agriculture to subsidize and/or bail out your farm or provide you with insurance.
11.Do not apply for a patent when you invent something, as the patent office is funded by tax dollars.
12.Do not ask for an attorney when you are arrested and do not ask for one to be assigned to you by the court.
13.Do not send your kids to public schools, as the buildings, equipment, food, textbooks, research and payrolls are all paid for through tax dollars. Instead, send your children to private schools.
14.Do not attend a State University or Community College. Spend your money on a “better” “private” institution education.
15.Do not apply for any Pell or State Grants as you would be taking taxpayer money that is offered to you FREE of obligation. This is true even you attend a private univeristy because these grants are non-discrimatory.
16.Do not use the G.I. Bill to go to college. We thank you for having served our country, but the G.I. monies are provided by the taxpaying public. (BTW – If you are receiving a monthly check for service rendered then you are living off of taxpayer dollars.)
17.Do not apply for educational, rehabilitative services or job training assistance when you lose your job.
18.Do not drive on any paved road, highway, and interstate or drive on any bridge.
19.Do not bring your kids to public (taxpayer supported) playgrounds.
20.Do not walk or run on taxpayer-funded sidewalks.
21.Do not use public recreational facilities such as basketball, tennis, soccer, baseball and other such areas.
22.Do not put your trash out for taxpayer-provided garbage collection services.
23.Do not use public libraries.
24.Do not use any electricity from companies regulated and/or subsidized by the Department of Energy.
25.Do not use electricity generated by the Hoover Dam.
26.Do not use electricity or any service provided by the Tennessee Valley Authority.
27.Do not use water transported through government-owned dams, canals, or other such waterways.
28.Do not use roads maintained and cleared of snow and ice.
29.Do not use public transportation. Many subways, els, commuter trains, and trolleys are subsidized through taxpayer dollars.
30.Do not ride AmTrak or Greyhound as these are Federally subsidized Corporations.
31.Do not use your cell phone or home telephone as these, too, are federally subsidized systems.
32.Do not call 911 when you get hurt, have a heart attack or any other such emergency.
33.Do not summon the fire department to save your burning home.
34.Do not ask for FEMA assistance when everything you own gets wiped out by disaster.
35.Do not seek medical care from hospitals and clinics that receive federal dollars.
36.Do not visit any doctor that is licensed through the state as the licensing office is funding by taxpayer dollars.
37.Do not let the Coast Guard save you from drowning when your boat capsizes at sea.
38.Do not ask the Army Corps of Engineers to rebuild levees when they break.
39.Do not seek help from the US Embassy if you need assistance in a foreign nation.
40.Do not ask the government to help evacuate you when all hell breaks loose in the country you are in.
41.Do not visit public museums, zoos, and monuments.
42.Do not visit National Forests, Parks or Wilderness Recreation Areas.
43.Do not hunt or camp on federal land.
44.Do not become a member of the US military, who are paid with tax dollars.
45.Do not use Veterans benefits or military health care.
46.Do not ask the military to defend your life and home in the event of a foreign invasion.
47.Do not apply for government secured housing loans.
48.Do not apply for federally-subsidized programs such as WIC, TANF, Food
Stamps, Medicare, etc.
49.Do not apply for government subsidized energy assistance.
50.Do not apply for government kickbacks when energy-proofing your home with windows, weatherstripping, etc.
It is important to remember that all these systems face rising operating costs each year just from the rising costs of doing business – in example – road maintenance costs: equipment and consummables (supplies that get used up and need to be replaced – paint, tar, etc.) for fixing pot holes, adding lanes, installing lights, sidewalks, etc.. Add to that the rising populations and increased use and you can see why it is not cheap to run a country, nor is the cost in statis (fixed).
So, the next time you hear someone complaining about taxes – or worse – wanting to lower or abolish taxes, keep this very small list in mind.
“I like to pay taxes. With them, I buy civilization.” ~ Oliver Wendell Holmes
( Champion of Free Speech, justice of the US Supreme Court, was influential in many, many, many famous legal positions from behind the bench. Is one the most quoted and recognized justices in Supreme Court History.)
“The life of every man is a diary in which he means to write one story, and writes another; and his humblest hour is when he compares the volume as it is with what he vowed to make it.”
– James Matthew Barrie
Don’t forget to contact your President and his fellow officials to pat them on the back when they’ve done right, or, correct them when they’ve done wrong. Or, when you have a suggestion or observation. I’m sure they’d love to hear from you.
Contact Your Federal and State Governments
Don’t forget your county and city governments as well. . .
— EGH —