In honor of the annual day for rendering unto Caesar, it is appropriate to ask why we pay taxes.
Ostensibly, taxes are the quid pro quo for the services we expect from the government. We pay taxes, they give us roads. We pay taxes, they provide us with a national defense. We pay taxes, they form a myriad of government agencies to employ hundreds of thousands of employees who cannot be fired regardless of they level of competence…
The honest truth is, if we do pay taxes, likely very little of our money goes towards aspects of the government we appreciate. Be it the military or public education or the NEA, etc., its a good bet that we would spend our money differently, even if we still had to give it to the government, if we were entrusted with that responsibility.
Which makes this the next question; Lang asked what we think of paying taxes. I ask, what should we do with taxes? Fund health care for illegal aliens? Provide a bail-out for failed businesses? Sponsor wars in Asia Minor to get more access to oil? The possibilities are endless…what are your thoughts?