In the midst of all the political hurly-burly of our lives, it’s easy to forget how lucky we are to be Americans. A homeless person in America today has ready access to better medical care than the King of England (at that time the most powerful person in the world) did only a hundred years ago.
If a policeman pulls you over, he’s not stopping you to extort money from you. If you criticize the President, you are not going to be snatched off your front sidewalk by a group of non-uniformed men, and then taken to a prison cell where you will be tortured for months or years.And your taxes are not a crushing burden that will keep you forever mired in poverty while aristocrats play polo with your withered heart.
If you are living in America today, you are one of the luckiest people who has ever lived. Truly, we are blessed.
I don’t mind a (tiny) portion of my taxes going to help the poor. What doesn’t seem fair is for me to pay taxes while a wealthy behemoth like General Electric gets away with paying no taxes at all, as they famously did in 2009. As Leona Helmsley once said, “Taxes are for the little people.” Is that the way we want America to be?
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