Sage · June 14, 2013 at 11:10 am
Taxes as a word is no more than payment for services desired; or at least it should be. Like any service in the private sector, plumber, electrician, etc., nothing is free, if you want or need it you pay for it. The same is true of local services...you want that library to help the kids read and have fun on a summer day, you want that deputy to help you when crime hits your house, you want clean running water for the shower...then you pay for it. Taxes is how we pay for it.
The problem is government is run by politicians and not businessmen. Too often they use the public purse as their personal purse to pursue ideas they like or want like mini-Napoleons. Few are elected who really feel a duty to spend taxes exactly on those services the people say they want.
Cutting taxes is fine and as a taxpayer I am ALL for it. Big way for it. But I also want services from the taxes I do pay, services from fairly compensated employees and I do not want to see the misuse of funds to grease palms, help with reelections and enrich the top level of bureaucrats. Supposedly the competition in government services comes at election time but so many can talk slick and promise the Moon only to to let the power they perceive go to their little heads that explod ein size as they waste our money.