Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Tax Protesters Take This Pledge

If you are a small government fanatic and believe that you should pay no taxes, I've got a deal for you. There just might be a way for you to get what you want--a government that does not govern.

So if I have this straight, you think all government is bad government. Right? Well in that case you could do a couple of things. You could move to one of the countries that are failed states and essentially have no government, like say, Somalia. Or you could pledge to never ever receive any of the services provided by the federal or state governments.

So, no taxes, no tax supported services. Sounds fair to me. But for you this means, no roads will be open to you and your Hummer. No police or fire departments will respond to a 911 call from you since these first responders are tax supported. They would only arrive to protect your tax paying neighbors houses from the flames of yours. No schools receiving either state or federal moneys would be open to your children--but you probably home school them anyway, right? No garbage pick up, and if you get caught putting you trash in your tax paying neighbor's garbage cans, you would be jailed. No water flowing from you taps. No electricity, no gas. Yes, I know, the utilities are privately held, but subsidized by... you guessed it, taxes. And on and on it goes. If you are willing to abide by the rules, maybe you can keep your house and car, but only if you pay your property taxes. You won't be able to drive your car since road construction and maintenance is paid for by taxes. But you will have to register the car, which is a tax. In Utah, you wouldn't be able to buy food since food is taxed in this neanderthal state. Tax on food is the most regressive of all taxes--it disproportionately punishes the poor. And so it goes.

The one thing you probably approve of is also tax supported and that's the pentagon, the military, and arms dealers. But thanks to your stance on taxes we won't be paying for wars you actually support but the rest of us could do without. Oh well, a loss for you is a win for us.

You must also take the pledge to forego Social Security, Medicare, or Medicaid. I could go on and on, but it bores me to do so, since I think you won't keep you word, you'd find a way to cheat and use tax supported services in an emergency. But to make it a little simpler for you to understand where taxes come from and where they go, here is a little teaching aid.

13 comments:

Rastamick61 said...

Don't even get them started on immigration but the simple point I heard once that when these guys are putting on waist high greens because there's nobody to manicure their golf courses they might start to catch on... Love the tax breakdown, it's as if they never heard it before, especially since 2000 when hey thought they were getting rich off it.

Lemmy Caution said...

I dropped by and visited the local "tea bagging" part here in my neck of the woods today. So sad and laughable to see these folks waving signs and chanting about smaller government.....

Last time I checked their party was in power for 8 years and increased the power, scope, reach, and funding of the government by leaps and bounds.

Sigh.

yellowdog granny said...

they just make me want to smack someone.

yellowdog granny said...

one word...........



BUTTROYS

sitenoise said...

"no roads will be open to you and your Hummer" ... gotta watch those bitch slaps. ;) Seems like any body with a brain would stop reading right there; and you don't want that, do you?

Utah Savage said...

No, Stenoise, I don't want that. If I'd named another auto like say Beemer or Prius, would that be less of a bitchslap?

sitenoise said...

Maybe less, maybe more, I dunno, but still a bitch slap. Why don't you just name the one you know they're driving ... wait, you don't know. So just leave it out.

themom said...

Oh hell, bitchslap away. They just "DON'T GET IT!" I was almost tempted to meander down to the local "party" but gave it a second thought and decided saving my nerves was a better idea. You listed all the qualified reasons why these programs are necessary - but again - dumb asses.

Wee Mousie said...

Oh, go ahead and bitch slap them, Utah. It's the only satisfaction you're likely to get from these morons.

It is not the tax, per se, to which they object, or these protest would have started eight years ago. No, it is that the rich have prompted the prattling class, to arouse the self-absorbed sheeple into complaining.

If you dissect their complaint, you will discover that they are desperately afraid of who may be the beneficiaries. Somewhere there might be people, whom these morons have practised looking down upon, who will find some program for which these idiots have paid, to be useful.

It all goes with the theory which states that it is not good enough only to win, but it must also be apparent that everyone else has failed, and is doomed to miserable lives. Still, it would make a lot more sense if the yahoos involved were not, for the most part, from the miserably failing class.

Randal Graves said...

Bitchslap away. If someone gets pissed off, fuck 'em, there are a billion blogs out there. You aren't a for-profit corporation that has to worry about offending every Hummer-hauling soccer yokel.

For the record, I enjoy a good cup of tea.

sitenoise said...

It's not about offending anyone, it's about writing.

If you have received a letter inviting you to speak at the dedication of a new cat hospital, and you hate cats, your reply, declining the invitation, does not necessarily have to cover the full range of your emotions. You must make it clear that you will not attend, but you do not have to let fly at cats.The Elements of Style

Peggy is one of the best writers I know. I want her to keep her eye on the target and not settle into writing for just her fan base.

Omit needless words.

Comrade Kevin said...

Indeed.

The irony is that up until the Hoover Administration, it was assumed that the private sector would step in and fix all of society's ills. The Depression showed how completely misguided that belief was.

So, as you point out, these people really don't understand how the government and their tax revenues have been a benefit to them. They love to spit on the government, until they pause to contemplate all government does for them.

Will "take no prisoners" Hart said...

I'll try and assimilate all this the next time I have to wait in line at the DMV, the next time my property taxes go up and I can't get to work because the idiots don't know how to plow, etc.. I mean, sure, there were idiots at the rallies. But there are mindless collaborators and lunatics involved in every cause. Maybe if both sides actually listened to each other once in a blue moon, rather than stereotyping/impugning the motivations of their "opponents".