I am proud to pay my Taxes
I was reading my twitter feed today and I was linked to a video advocating the Flat Tax. I’m not totally sure about whether or not the flat tax is actually a good idea for the economy of this country, but what I do know is that the people who are advocating it are advocating it for one reason.
It protects the wealth of the already wealthy.
The comments are the usual conservative rhetoric about taxes, i’m paraphrasing here, “If you support a progressive tax system you are a communist trying to steal from me and give it to the poor you robin hood bastard” (I often find it hilarious how some individuals with mid to low income will also advocate this point of view, based on the idea that they too will some day be wealthy. I try not to laugh.)
The illusion that if you just work hard enough you will be rich is a ridiculous falsehood propegated by the wealthy to keep the poor in this country from lynching them.
I know I would never be as well off as I am now if I had not had the vast opportunities given to me by my wealthy parents. To pretend that I deserved to go to a “New Ivy” school and therefore make several times what other people my age make would be lying to myself and everyone else. Additionally I have my wealthy parents to help me buy a house and get out of debt when I have health issues or make poor choices.
I learned, and I worked hard, but I will not pretend that my income is the result of some virtuous act on my part.
What exactly are people going to do with this wealth they are so concerned with protecting for them/ourselves? They are going to pass it on to another generation of wealthy people who will pass it on to the next, making sure that it never falls into the hads of the “undeserving.” (That is, people, who are not already wealthy.)
Frankly I find the whole whining about paying taxes thing dispicable. I know it sucks to see a big chunk of your check disappear, or pay more at the end of the year (this is the first year in 5 I’ve gotten a refund.) But we are so lucky to live in this amazing country, and we should be proud to pay for the privelege of living, working and doing business here.
I am proud to pay to provide safety and security for the poor and disabled. I am proud to pay more to protect the resources that I have gained as a result of my privelege. I am proud to pay to protect the safety of this country. And I am proud to pay more than others so people do not have to sacrifice meals. I am proud to pay my taxes.