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? 


2 Responses to Taxes

  1. InYourFaceNewYorker says:

    Mr. Fieger, I’m guessing you know about all the tax loopholes for megachurches and day cares that happen to describe themselves as “religious.” And don’t get me started about The Good News Club and how it makes no bones about how it wants to turn public schools into churches. They are already succeeding. This is with your tax dollars, everyone!

    Recommended readings for those who have no clue what I’m talking about:

    The Good News Club: The Christian Right’s Stealth Assault on America’s Children by Katherine Stewart

    Attack of the Theocrats by Sean Faircloth

  2. Mr. Fieger, we have rights? Really?

    The right to hire an overpriced attorney and go broke when we are falsely accused of a crime?

    The right to die slowly if we have a non-curable terminal illness?

    The right to pay taxes, be it sales, sin, or income yet not know where it goes?

    The right to complain all the while knowing it will just get stuffed in a file cabinet until such time as that complaint and many others will serve the best interest of someone in the position to gather them up and help out their own cause?

    Awesome! I say we increase taxes on Attorneys, and City/Government workers at 50% considering that 100% of their incomes come from hard working people that are completely capable of handling said issues on their own, except for the simple fact that it would put too much control in the hands of the people who actually produce something with said hands.

    How does that sound? LOL!

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