Madness

From a letter written to the NY Times on 10/17/08:

To the Editor:

Fair taxation isn’t about “redistributing the wealth” — it’s about giving back to the great country that gave you the opportunity to benefit so greatly.

It’s not about taking money from “Joe the Plumber.” It’s about making sure that “Joe’s Mega-Plumbing Incorporated” gives back to the country and the people who gave him:

¶Roads and bridges for his trucks to roll on.

¶Support for research for his latest plumbing equipment.

¶Public education so he can have a well-trained work force.

¶Markets so he can raise capital.

¶Police and firefighters so his business is protected.

¶Health care so the employees who helped him build his business can stay on the job.

¶Freedom so that he can build his business creatively.

If “Joe” has been able to become wealthy because of the bounty of America, then he should pay his fair share back to America — that is patriotic.

Daryl Altman

Lynbrook, N.Y., Oct. 16, 2008

This is the sort of madness that is seizing our society – the idea that government is responsible for any and every positive feature of society, and that people owe a debt of taxation for those positive features.

For Christ’s sake, he suggests that American public education is something businesspeople should be grateful for!  How delusional do you have to be to take that idea seriously?

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3 Responses to “Madness”

  1. I could write for hours on the sheer idiocy of the points, but it’s the last one that has me truly incensed.

    Governments do not create freedoms and rights.

    I suspect disagreement on this point is what causes much of the friction between myself and quasi-socialists. It’s a seminal concept.

  2. What I hate most of all is the implicit threat hidden in the assertion that we owe the government taxes in order to live our lives as we see fit.

    “Ooh, some pretty nice freedoms you’ve got there. Be a shame if something happened to them.”

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