Thursday, September 28, 2006

Taxation... a new look.

From George Lakoff’s book, Don’t think of an Elephant. It’s my new joy… here is an excerpt about taxation. It’s an advert reframing taxation not as a Tax Burden as Bush said in his 2000 State of the Union address but rather as an investment in the future… Very interesting outlook and if taken on the people would most certainly be better off.

Taxation is paying your dues, paying your membership fee in America. If you join a country club of a community centre, you pay fees. Why? You didn’t not build the swimming pool. You have to maintain it. You did not build the basketball court. Someone has to clean it. You may not use the squash court but you still have to pay your dues. Otherwise it won’t be maintained and will fall apart. People who avoid taxes, like corporations that move to Bermuda, are not paying their dues to their country. It is patriotic to be a taxpayer. It is traitorous to desert our country and not pay your dues.

Perhaps Bill Gates Sr. said it best. In arguing to keep the inheritance tax, he pointed out that he and Bill Jr. did not invent the Internet. They just used it – to make billions. There is not such this as a self-made man. Every businessman has used the vast American infrastructure, which the taxpayers paid for, to make their money. He did not make his money alone. He used taxpayer infrastructure. He got rich on what other taxpayers had paid for: the banking system, the Federal Reserve, the Treasury and Commerce Departments, and the judicial system, where nine-tenths of cases involve corporate law. These taxpayer investments support companies and wealthy investors. There are no self-made men! The wealthy have gotten rich using what other taxpayers have paid for. They owe the taxpayers in this country a great deal of money and should be paying it back.

I think it is an accurate view of taxes… but we just need to start thinking of them this way… not as a Burden needing Tax Relief as Republicans so often say… but as an investment. To control that investment we need to vote the right people into government… to curb the squandering of our investments and keep the corporations and greedy corrupt politicians from stealing our money for their own uses…

1 comment:

Katie said...

Blah, blah, blah...what happened to pictures and adventures and European excursions?