As I Prepared My Taxes Today
I started wondering why I was going through this week long process of computing my earnings and witholdings. After all, I’m a black progressive liberal democrat therefore there could be no way that I actually owe anything to the government. Actually, I should be checking my mailbox for my monthly welfare check. Then I realized that black progressive liberal democrats tend to be fairly educated, thus the reason they can spell black progressive liberal democrat. Not only do we have jobs but we also pay taxes, a lot of taxes.
Now wait just a minute, if this is the case why is it that conservatives tend to believe that the top 10 percent of wage earners in our society are actually conservatives and that all non-taxpaying citizens are democrats? Am I a conservative and don’t know it? After all I own a business and with the income derived from that business I support my government through the payroll tax system.
So why am I not up in arms with the thought that today I will write a check above my quarterly withholding to settle my account with the government? Why am I not disgusted by the fact that the government bailed out banks, car manufacturers, and mortgage companies. Why aren’t I pissed behind the government using my hard earned money to help people that got into loans they could not afford keep their homes? The answer is complicated yet simple. I can see beyond my front yard, into this vast land we call America and even further.
I understand that without the bank bailouts my 401K and IRA would be worth little to nothing and for this I appreciate the efforts of both Presidents Bush and Obama. I realize that if the guy down the street were to lose his house the value of mine would drop even further than it has, leaving what for most people is the single biggest investment of their life to dwindle into nothingness along with their plans for a economically sound future. I also understand the domino affect a failed car industry would have on the economy of this nation, especially coming in the middle of a bursting real estate bubble. If you think you are experiencing high unemployment now, imagine what effect the closing of Chrysler and GM would have had on the US population. Plants, retailers and suppliers would have been first hit, with a trickle down affect to the transportation industry, hi tech services, and so forth, until finally the real estate market again.
As far as I can see my money has been invested wisely as it protected my neighbors and eventually me from falling into a disastrous situation. Yes, I could take a “me only” approach and whine about the fact that I may have to pay a few more dollars in order for my government to insure stability in the greatest country in the world, but why? My money could have gone to rebuild a oil rich country or to build a missile defense system to defend other governments, governments that never came to the plate to say we’ll kick in some cash to defray your cost since the project is for our protection.
I can even understand the need to reform a health care system that was the source of 60% of all bankruptcies. Talk about stealing the “American Dream”. Actually, I would say we didn’t go far enough because I realize that sick people tend to cause other people to get sick therefore if we refuse to treat anyone in this country we open ourselves up to diseases and illnesses we would not normally encounter. Oh yeah, that pesky mandate; that infringement on our constitutional rights. Ask most people who claim to have a problem with the mandate if they have insurance, if they will go without insurance and your answer will be yes, and no. They are upset that the government is mandating something they would never go without.
America is now and has always been a socialized capitalistic society. The combination of the two protects this country from failure. Now let me sign this check, get an envelope, and do what my country asks of me.
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