You talk about a hard sell. I hope that the Newburyport Current editors did not force John Burciaga to write an article advising us that taxation is a good thing.
Whatever the incentive, he made a run at it last week with “The Taxation Myth.”
I recall back in the day when people would come to our door trying to sell encyclopedia sets and vacuum cleaners. That was not easy to do but the items being sold made sense to some of us and we became buyers. But selling taxation as a good thing? How do you talk anyone into buying that?
John tries it using the “logic” that without taxation there would be rich people….and this is bad. And even worse, the rich people might not want to associate with those who are not as rich as they are. He cites those snobs, who built mansions in Newport (RI), and would not associate with those of lesser wealth. A heavy dose of taxation would have righted that social injustice if John had his way.
What John cannot come to grips with is that most of us can manage our money better than the government can. When we hear, “I’m from the government and I’m here to help you,” we expect the worst. John, on the other hand, is delighted.
I think that most Americans are willing to help others. They will do it without being forced to especially in situations they are informed about. But if you take money from folks and they learn of it being used unwisely, the taker has a quick two strikes against him.
I wonder what the taxpayers in Boston think about the idea (described in the Boston Herald) of pouring millions of dollars into the worst schools in the city at the expense of the rest of the schools. Shouldn’t those who perform well be getting the rewards? I wonder if John is fearful of successful students getting even further ahead academically.
John’s friend from Hawaii (or wherever?) in the White House has clearly demonstrated a lack of financial sense. Why would anyone want him using our money? John might have used Barack’s money management for some sort of reservation about giving the government too much money but the lefty in him would not allow it.
Maybe in a future article John could explain why the rich people these days (John Kerry?) seem to be on the public payroll and why he wants to give them more money to waste!