It doesn’t matter which side of the aisle you are on. There are good and bad politicians. Our system of government is a republic, not a democracy like we hear time and again on the talking-head shows on TV. I learned what a Republic was in civics class in high school. Now they don’t have civics class in many public schools. I guess that is so they don’t offend anyone’s rights. But, as I recall, a Republic is where the people elect other people to represent their views to the government. If we had a true democracy, we would represent ourselves, the old one-man, one-vote principle. The system is not flawed, the representatives are.
The blame game –
We, as a whole are to blame. We want to drive on nice roads, we want to have a properly outfitted fire department, we want the police to protect and serve. We want to have a place to house our non-law-abiding- citizens. All of these cost money and lots of it.
Taxes, taxes who has the taxes –
We pay our taxes to the IRS. We pay a sales tax most of us anyway, when we purchase goods from the store. It is with these funds that the government provides for our needs and wants. Some politicos have said, “It is our money.” The reality is it’s not.
We need each other –
We are our brother’s keeper for good or for bad. No one is living in a vacuum. Each person’s contribution to society impacts everyone else. If the homeless man on the street was gone, then the homeless shelter would cease to exist. If the homeless shelter was gone, then the workers in the shelter would be out of work. Out of work people draw unemployment from the state. The state gets the money from the taxes, and the taxes are levied against the workers. The workers are hired by employers who are run by managers who are hired by owners, which are entrepreneurs in one fashion or another. It is a balancing act to say the least. If any one part gets out of whack, then the whole pyramid will collapse.
For richer, or for poorer –
Every person plays a roll in society. There are no exceptions. As citizens, it is our duty to due our part. If a poor person steals from the rich person, they have accomplished nothing, and vice-versa. If the government takes from the poor, they will still be poor. If the government takes from the wealthy, the wealthy become poor. Some would argue that the wealthy need to pay more and others would say that they pay enough already. The answer is simple mathematics.
Are you smarter than a 5th grader –
Let’s say you have $500.00. You pay 25% in taxes which is $125.00. Now Mr. Owner has $500,000.00, so he pays 25% tax or $125,000.00. Sounds like a lot of money doesn’t it? Mr. Owner now has $375,000.00. He can go on his merry way and keep his profit. What if Mr. Owner instead paid 15% tax or just $75,000.00, but in order to get that rate he had to invest $250,000.00 in jobs. So, $250,000.00 divided by $500.00 will create 500 jobs. Each worker pays their 25% that will generate $62,500.00 in taxes. In other words, Mr. Owner has generated $137,500.00 in tax revenue. Yes, this is an over-simplified example, but math does not lie.
Next step –
Get involved; let your voice be heard. If we all cast our votes for the person we think will do a good job, then we all win. Our country is the greatest country on Earth.