While reading the Heritage Foundation’s website today, I came across this gem. It actually made me stop breathing….just before I laughed my lungs out! This is, without question, the boldest stroke of stupid I have ever seen regarding taxes. This comes from the, “Alliance for a Better Minnesota”.
Too often, we forget that the taxes we pay go towards our roads and buses, funds breakthrough research at our colleges and universities, keeps our parks clean, and pays for our police, firefighters, and our teachers.
Taxes help pay for the services we need most–and it’s time we said thanks.
While our tax dollars provide us with a lot, there is a widening gap between what the wealthiest Minnesotans pay and what average Minnesotans pay in taxes. We need to create a fair tax structure to make sure everyone is contributing their fair share.
Denise Cardinal, the Executive Director here at Alliance for a Better Minnesota, sent out the email below this morning asking Minnesotans to take a second to say thank you to all the government services that are paid for by our taxes.
There’s no such thing as a free lunch.
But the fact is, teachers, roads, and police officers don’t grow on trees.
Taxes pay for the things we use and love — like parks — and things we need, like police. It’s time we say thank you.
Join us to say thank you to all the government services that are paid for by our taxes. Sign our “Thank You” card to taxes, which we will share with state leaders as they address the state budget deficit in the next few weeks.
Safe neighborhoods, good public schools, and inspected bridges are just the start.
Take a moment to share with us why you appreciate all the government services you use every day.
Legislators need to hear that average citizens are willing to invest in these things — the very things that help make our state great. A balanced approach to the state budget, which does not make drastic cuts to our most important basic services, like health care, education, and food stamps for low-income families, is essential to put our state back on the right track toward economic recovery and growth.
Please sign our thank you card and invite your friends to do the same.
Thanks for all you do,
Denise CardinalAlliance for A Better Minnesota
Alright, that’s enough. Settle down and let’s continue. Here are some other things we can thank taxes for…right out of the president’s budget….
1.Thank you, taxes, for The Compton California Dance Theatre Foundation….$483,000 to keep “at risk” kids in the seats at the hip-hop dance theatre.
2. Thank you, taxes, for the Raphael Lemkin Center for Genocide Prevention…$452,000 to “educate world government leaders on genocide, genocide prevention, and response mechanisms.” Good luck with that.
3. Thank you, taxes, for a program in Florida called, “A Child is Missing”. These folks don’t have any law enforcement capacity, but claim that they have worked “7,095 cases” of missing persons and have been “credited by Florida law enforcement agencies with 64 successful recoveries”. Dang, that’s almost 1%….open the vault! Well, we’re kinda stingy here….only $500,000.
4. Thank you, taxes, for the hundreds of millions of dollars that I have read about in the time that I have spent reading through several congressional web pages. We are spending a huge sum of money on earmarks for at-risk youth, unemployed youth, underserved youth, under-educated youth, unsupervised youth, poor youth, hungry youth, homeless youth, socially disadvantaged youth, unhappy youth, bored youth, horny youth, youth without Playstation, youth without kites…..it goes on and on.
Every member of Congress is required by law to post on their website all of their requests for funding earmarks. As I said in a previous post, most of them have done that. But I noticed several have put them in programs that require you to download some reading software from the web. They know most people won’t mess with it. Slick.