Saturday, July 09, 2011
A Selfish View of Taxes
- Building and repairing roads and highways that I use.
- Maintaining and improving airports that I use: BUR (Burbank) and LAX (Los Angeles).
- Repairing the sidewalks in my neighborhood.
- Catching and incarcerating criminals that operate in my neighborhood.
- Keeping records of land ownership so that there will never be any question about my ownership of the house where I live.
- Maintaining a stable money supply so that my savings accounts will not vanish in inflation.
- Maintaining the public library that I use.
- Maintaining a good quality of public education in my neighborhood so that I will not be bothered by uneducated and unschooled teen-agers begging and stealing money.
Here are some activities, mostly federal, that do not benefit me directly:
- Repairing homes destroyed by tornados in Missouri and Alabama.
- Fighting a war in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Libya.
- Building high speed rail lines in New York, Florida, etc., or anywhere except a line between Los Angeles and Seattle (so I can ride a bullet train to visit my children who live near Berkeley and Seattle).
- Giving money to banks. Banks have enough money already.
- Spending billions of dollars a year to put and keep people in prison for growing and using pot. People who use booze are not touched.
- Providing social security pensions for lay-abouts other than myself, especially if it requires some of my tax money.
How many of you agree, at least in part, with Ayn Rand?
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