Alms for the poor, via forceWritten by Tom Morrissey | | firstname.lastname@example.org
I have an extreme aversion to math; I would rather be waterboarded. Math problems should be listed in the Geneva Convention as one of the most reprehensible transgressions to perform on prisoners of war. If Taliban and al Qaeda cowards were creative in the least, Pythagorean Theorem tests would have replaced the removal of heads years ago. As a headless POW, I would be one less possible convert to Islam, but my conversion would be immediate and less messy if pages of geometry problems and a time limit were placed in front of me
“I’ll do anything! Just no more geometry! Please!”
With the federal government playing the role of torturer, a deadline, math problems, and a vicious bureaucracy create a similar situation.
When it comes to the torturous tax season, my dependence on Turbo Tax is stronger than a woman’s need for chocolate.
I really don’t know what I’m doing with my taxes. Only by the wise guidance of the tax software am I able to navigate the pile of tax documents collecting dust and attracting cat hair.
However, I’m pretty sure I am still missing a tax document. I have my w2s and other typical documents, but another document never arrived.
And I’m still waiting.
I was under the impression I pay property and income taxes to support charity – at least that’s what the rhetoric suggests.
TARTA rips money from my grimy fingers with shocking consistency even though I have never stepped on a bus or agreed to give. TPS gets a decent chunk of change from me with similar regularity despite no agreement. I’ve never attended TPS schools and my pets can’t benefit from the failing public school system. (I’m not sure one can even assume all our children are benefiting from the drain that is TPS.)
I am told I give to these causes because the poor can’t afford to support themselves. Supposedly, there are people in such an awful disposition that they need cash forced from other people’s hands in the wonderful tradition of government sanctioned theft.
So while this cash is stripped from my below-median income, I eek closer and closer to the poor house, in the name of the poor
At the same time, I should be grateful for the opportunity to give people a discounted ride to work, and I should be thanking God Almighty for the chance to help educate little children.
It’s funny that I should be the grateful one, while the mishandlers of the public’s dollars continue their attempt to shame the cash cow into giving more, since more public dollars are the only answer to these one trick ponies’ problems.
The school board is stuck in a rut similar to the cavern Toledo’s elected officials are wallowing in. They both want more money despite glaring ineptness and failure you can count on.
As a Christian, I deplore hearing the name of Jesus Christ being abused in an effort to guilt trip taxpayers to give more money to the poor. Christ’s ministry did focus on the poor for the 3 ½ years he walked the earth, but Christ’s compassion was not government induced.
Further, Christ’s association with the poor and downtrodden existed because they were the ones who saw they needed Him. The example Christ set for dealing with the poor was not meant to end with bureaucrats and elected officials demanding one donate to the poor with confiscation of property waiting to hammer the uncooperative.
Framing the unforgiving debacle vividly, Ayn Rand wrote, “An attempt to achieve the good by force is like an attempt to provide a man with a picture gallery at the price of cutting out his eyes.”
True colors were exposed like a rainbow following a July thunderstorm when Toledo City Council and Mayor Bell passed a budget that raised taxes on the poor without a second thought. Like Marcy Kaptur and a townhall meeting, concern for the poor was nowhere to be found.
When it comes to tax dollars, any reason will fly from the lips of those who want your cash. As evidenced by the faux-worry for the poor, lying to gain support or a vote is just a minor moral dilemma. Just hand over your cash, quit complaining, and everything will work out until the next budget deficit is announced.
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