Most of us owed the Internal Revenue Service money on April 15th, on top of what we paid during the year. I am not opposed to paying taxes. I think paying taxes to maintain a government that provides for the health and security of the Country is a duty. I do believe that government does have an essential role to play in our lives. Corporations don’t build interstate highways or bridges. There are some things government can do that the private sector can’t, national defense for example. However, I do have a problem paying money and not knowing where it is going and whether or not it is being spent wisely. National defense is one example of a money pit. I can see a new bridge or travel on repaired highways. Most of what goes toward national defense is classified.
In the past, when we fought a war we paid for it with taxes – everyone paid for it. We all knew where the money was going and why. Not now. Most of the costs of the so-called “war on terror” are hidden. It is estimated that nearly 40% of funding for National Security is classified. We don’t know how much is spent on which project, although we do know that some of it goes toward domestic spying. Men and women in uniform are woefully underpaid, considering the sacrifice they are making. The equipment they are using is superb, but we know what these costs are but they are only about half of what we are giving the government. So where does the money go? How do I know I am not paying for a $200 toilet seat or to hire a technician to listen in on random cell phone conversations? We don’t.
I will pay my taxes, but I want to know where the money is going. Don’t we all have that right?