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SOCIETY: We need to fund common good

Letter by P. Barbara Schlotfeldt, Tacoma on Feb. 7, 2011 at 10:31 am | 17 Comments »
February 7, 2011 1:00 pm

In recent months, when so many essential services are threatened because of many folks’ aversion to being taxed for services that they themselves don’t use, it has occurred to me that no longer do we live in a society that concerns itself with the common good.

The anti-tax crowd will say: Education? Why should I be taxed for schools? I don’t have any kids, or my kids go to private school. Public transportation? I don’t use it, so why should I have to pay for it? Health care? I have insurance through my work. Why should I be responsible for somebody who isn’t working?

All too often, such thinking quickly deteriorates to “blame the victim” mentality.

I would strongly encourage such types to stop and consider what kind of society would result if we didn’t have a decent educational system, if public transportation were no longer available for anyone, and if those who often through no fault of their own cannot afford health care are forced to go without. All of society, including the anti-tax crowd, will pay dearly in a myriad of ways when essential services are cut or even reduced.

We are a community, and that reality demands that we open our hearts to the needs of all of us and contribute whatever we can, including – but not only – money.

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