There is a LOT of bitching and moaning about government programs, and hysterical hair-pulling over the fact lazy poor people suckle off the government teat. People act as if taxes simply take hard earned money out of the banks of hard working Americans and use it frivolously to make sure that mythical “welfare queens” live high on the hog.
The same people who complain with such vigor NEVER seen themselves as the recipients of government largess. Well, it turns out that MANY of those people are both delusional AND full of shit. Here is a handy dandy chart – from a paper by Dr. Susanne Mettler — showing the percentage of people who have gotten, or are getting, government assistance, but who think they have never used a government social program. These are the kinds of people who join the Tea Baggers and hold aloft signs saying, “Keep Government out of my Medicare”.
This doesn’t even count things that people take for granted that are paid for by taxes. Bet people would squeal if they had no cops, or fire departments, or roads, or sewage systems, or mail, or traffic lights, or garbage pick up, or a rescue squad with paramedics. Bet they would cry if they didn’t have a standing army. Bet they would even be sad without zoos, parks, and libraries. Did you go to a public school? Then you were educated by taxes, asshat – STFU and pay the teachers already.
Am I happy with the shit my government does with it’s money? Not always, for sure. But my main issue with taxes is that the rich don’t pay their fair share. I pay taxes because I like to have roads and what not. I am just funny that way. Furthermore, I am not dumb enough to think those things magically appear without tax revenue.
Tea baggers – you are stupid wankstains. Please go away until you can find a fact, or at least the definition of a fact. Thanks.