Everyone & everywhere on the internet is talking about the latest panic: Swine Flu. Although it hasn’t become a pandemic, apparently the potential is there. Those who aren’t worrying about the latest virus to come down the pike remind us that we’re facing doom at the hands of a changing environment, which scientists are now saying may swing cold, rather than hot (this makes sense to me…if, as the esteemed Al Gore has said, the “earth has a fever” we should expect temperature swings…when I have a fever, I feel hot and cold simultaneously…although, somehow, I don’t think that’s what he meant…)
The bottom line is, between saber rattling, boycotts, the climate, disease, the economy, Presidential photo-ops, political upheaval, border relations, etc…it’s a scary world.
The United States is a leader in this scary world; some might say the most powerful leader, some would say we have lost our position as the most influential nation. Regardless of where we sit in the global pecking order, the question that faces us is obvious: what is our responsibility when the world is faced with a crisis? Do we make it our own, or do we close-up shop in the troubled nations and keep doing business where it’s still profitable?
We pose this question to our readers: what is America’s role in times of global crisis? Should we use our abundance to help those struggling? Is the first responsibility of our government to protect we, the citizens? Should we be led to sacrifice and provide for those in need around the world by our government, or should this be reserved for private citizens? Is international aid even feasible for private citizens, or are the problems we face so large they must be entrusted to the government? Is Xenophobia the only good phobia? We want to hear your thoughts!
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?
Happy Tax Day, all!
Whether you’ve chosen to observe the day by dutifully filing your taxes, sending in an actual paper check to the government through the US Postal Service (how delightful antiquated of you!), or held a tea party to protest government infringement of your liberty, we wish you a wonderful day!
And though we know you really want to watch us go back and forth on whether or not President Obama handled the Somali pirate incident well, or if Senator McCain really did diss Governor Palin on Leno, today we want to hear from you.
Taxes: good? bad? necessary?
Whether you want to rant and rail, discuss your utopian ideal, or speculate on President Obama’s promised overhaul of our “monstrous” tax code, start speculating in our comments section!
Please! The long absence of posts is mostly due to the fact that (1) we’re both full time teachers and it’s AP test season right now and (2) Lang’s master’s thesis is due on 1 May and she’s been shackled to her Word files for weeks. Give us a distraction!