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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 with 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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  1. Roncella says:

    Barbara, Your description of a society sounds alot like france or norway, not America.

    At present there is assistance for those unemployed, food cards, shelters, emergency medical help, etc.

    The only way to help get the ship straightened out is to get folks back to work on meaningful jobs again. Private Industry can do it not the Federal Government.

    President Obama and the dems in Congress had two or more years to try to assist businesses to full employment. They failed and instead spent trillions and trillons of dollars and have nothing to show for it, except a higher un-employment, and greater debts than the Country has ever seen in its history.

    Thats what formed the huge across the Country Tea Party Movement.

  2. The letter writer shows why the left never gets enough at the trough. I believe we spend much more than necessary for schools, buses and welfare programs, yet there never seems to be a point where liberals will say “o.k., that’s enough, money doesn’t seem to solve the problem”. My suggestion is that for those of you who feel that society is not doing enough, open up your home to the homeless, voluntarily contribute more money to the state treasurer, vounteer at the local shelter and food bank, make sandwiches and go feed the homeless. There’s many ways you can help and let you sleep better at night.

  3. Roncella – how do you plan to create jobs when big business would rather create jobs overseas?

    frosty – the only thing most progressives want is to bring jobs back to this country while the cons want to contiune trickle up voodoo economics.

  4. northsc says:

    Reality is the tax base is shrinking due to a poor economy and depressed property values.

    Less money means less services. It’s as if those feeding out of the public trough was raised believing money grows on trees.

    The challenge will be for public servants to be much better stewards over the tax funds provided – and current conditions mean that will be less, not more.

    Commonsense is all.

  5. the biggest hogs at the public trough are the rich who don’t want to pay their fair share of taxes and big business (espically ‘defense contractors’) with their inflated no bid contracts.

  6. ps: Roncella have you ever heard the expression ‘barn raising’

  7. eagle_beak says:

    the problem with taxes is that there is never a limit to them. governments from cities on up need to make better use of the money they are already getting. just throwing more and more money at a problem will not fix it.

  8. xring, I’ll try just one more time. The reason jobs are leaving this country are (1). High taxes and (2). unions. Simple enough?

  9. aislander says:

    Lefties love to cite spending that benefits ALL the people (such as the interstate highway system, defense, police and fire protection, etc), to justify transfers of money from the general treasury to individuals. The former is moral and constitutional, while the latter is not…

  10. … moral, constitutional, and in the interest of national defense… something they would love to cut.

  11. aislander says:

    Wow, xring. I think you believe I wrote “cut” when I actually wrote “cite…”

    A “rhino” (properly spelled “rino”) is the near opposite of an “archconservative.” Thanks, by the way, for reminding me that I have meaning to employ “archliberal” when appropriate…

  12. whatIdo says:

    Ah, xring is a homophobe… too.

    It’s not polite to talk with your mouth full X.

  13. Frosty, your augments don’t fly.

    a. Taxes and tax revenues are lower than at any time in at least the last 30 years. Current marginal tax rate is 36% as opposed to 48% under St Ronnie.

    b. Union membership in the private sector is currently under 9% compared to over 35% in 1945.

  14. You beat me to it aislander, but I’m telling you, I have pointed this out over and over w/o successfully getting folks around her to make that distinction.

    Mrs. S. — most conservatives even those right of center by several hashmarks, have no desire to see all assistance and services provided by the federal government demolished.

    Please, do not believe the propgaganda that people on the right see no need for federal government programs and that they lack compassion. These are two of the most offensive lies circulated about conservatives.

  15. Sozo – as much as this may pain some people:

    I was surprised that some republicans and tea party voted against renewal of the Patriot Act.

    In addition, an anti-abortion bill in the Wyoming legislature was recently defeated due to efforts of two conservative women legislators based on their limited less intrusive government beliefs

  16. aislander says:

    It’s called philosophical consistency, xring…

  17. whatIdo says:

    Over his head ai…

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