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originally posted by: ketsuko
My point is that taxes are an evil. That is generally what we call things that are immoral.
Now we can debate necessary evils, but the thing to understand about necessary evils is that they are best understood to be kept to a severe minimum. Once you begin down the road of normalizing and accepting an evil, it leads to more bad things. In this case, and has already been discussed, it leads to resentment and anger on all sides for various reasons.
Also, I don't agree with the word evil. If you pay taxes and get a good ROI then is that evil?
If you buy from a private company and their product is not as good as another brand do you consider them evil?
originally posted by: Kettu
If you think taxes are "taking from me and giving to others" then you are ideologically at odds with this country, and should find a new country to move to.
To me, paying my taxes isn't "taking from me and giving to others", it's how I contribute to keeping America great. It pays for my roads, firemen, police, military, science grants for university research...and a bunch of other things that make "civilized life" possible.
That's part of the social contract I willingly and gladly accept.
If you are opposed to this, then move to Tanzania or Uganda. I hear you can do whatever the hell you want there and no one will "take mah monies!".
originally posted by: daskakik
a reply to: randomtangentsrme
You itemized a few things and included a whole bunch more under "things that make "civilized life" possible." but only complained about roads.
Most spending goes to the military and you got that in aces, without taking into account the black project space fleets (this is still ATS isn't it).
You’d be a literal slave without government and would have no way of changing that.