Yes, I hate taxes
Have you seen this little ditty floating around the internet (e.g., on Facebook)?
Here are my thoughts:
- Schools: Along with Public School Employee Unions, low performing teachers, overpriced and bloated administrations, emphasis on testing rather than students? Average expenditure / student in US = $11,665. And you want MORE?
- Roads: Along with Public Employee Unions, excessive benefits, civil service mentality, bureaucratic red tape? Try contracting roads to private firms to see efficiency in execution.
- Firefighters: Along with early retirement pensions for some at upwards of 90% of final salary?
- Police Officers: Along with early retirement pensions for some at upwards of 90% of final salary?
- Hospitals: You mean like the ones run by the Catholic church?
- Paramedics: A wonderful perk of living in the 21st century West.
- HAZMAT Teams: Oh yeah, that must be a big line item in the budget.
- Soldiers: Definitely.
- Sailors: Definitely.
- Airmen: Definitely.
- Marines: Definitely.
- Coast Guard: Definitely.
- Clean Air: Not at the expense of bloated over-regulation.
- Clean Water: Not at the expense of bloated over-regulation.
- Safe Food: Not at the expense of bloated over-regulation.
- Pure Drugs: Not at the expense of bloated over-regulation.
- Child Protection: As long as child protection agencies do not abuse their authority and power.
- Safe Products: Not at the expense of bloated over-regulation.
- Air Traffic Control: Yes, definitely. And fire them all (a la Reagan) if they try to go on strike.
- Space Exploration: Robotic exploration is the future.
- Bridges: Managed by government, contracted to private firms. Kind of like the transcontinental railroad.
- Tunnels: Managed by government, contracted to private firms.
- Flood Defenses: Hopefully not as was managed in New Orleans (by the gov’t)…
- Universities: Like Stanford, Claremont, or Yale? Oops, those are private firms. Same comment regarding overpriced and bloated administrations.
- Museums: Culturally enriching… yet a low priority for taxing the citizenry – ask the 1%’ers to help out.
- Science: Science? Science couldn’t exist without more taxes?
- Diplomatic relations with other countries: Definitely.
- Public Parks: The ones that are used frequently or the ones that sit empty for most of the week?
- Criminal Justice: Definitely.
- Medical Research: This can’t happen without taxes? Oh yeah, when you socialize medicine, you take away incentives for private research – got it.
- National Forests: Definitely.
- Care for the Elderly & Disabled: This is the government’s responsibility?
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