Pitts: Taxes finance the goodness of America


Grover Norquist, the anti-tax crusader, became on Twitter lately, recounting how his 8-yr-vintage “has been saving up to shop for her first Guitar. Found it for $35. She had 35 actual. Then … sales tax.”

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If he ought to, one suspects Norquist could have accompanied the ultimate phrases with the horrifying tune. Say, the shark subject from “Jaws” or the shower tune from “Psycho.”

The Twitterverse, as you might anticipate, turned into only too satisfied to point out the plain to Norquist and his traumatized daughter. Namely, that the tax on her guitar – that princely $2 and exchange – helps pay for the street over which the guitar traveled to the store. And the police who shield the store from being robbed. And the firefighters who respond if it catches fire. And, in entire or in the element, the college wherein Norquist’s daughter learned to count to 35 inside the first location.

But vulnerable to piling on, there may be another point that bears making right here, a simple and obvious one that tends to wander away inside the GOP’s loud acrimony toward this government surcharge. Namely, that we pay taxes as a funding in the not unusual right. It’s a prosaic, unlovely little ritual, that is nevertheless more patriotic – and simply greater considerable – than fireworks on the Fourth of July.

That’s no longer to mention it’s amusing. Sacrifice seldom is. Nor is this an endorsement of wasteful government spending. To the diploma Republicans or absolutely everyone else oppose that, no sensible person can disagree.

But as Norquist’s tweet shows, the contention of many Republicans isn’t always that over-taxing is terrible, but that all taxing is bad. And that amounts to a retreat from the very concept of a common exact. Exhibit A: the birthday celebration’s contemporary proposal to overhaul fitness care and the “allow ‘em eat cake” responses to the concept that 22 million humans might be deprived of insurance to be able to finance tax breaks for the very wealthy.

For instance, Vice President Mike Pence touted this as a new gadget based on “private obligation.” He did now not specify what failure of “private responsibility” he presently finds in people with disabilities who received be able to get remedy underneath the Republican plan.

Kellyanne Conway opined that individuals who lose their Medicaid “can constantly get jobs.” Which will seemingly wonder many low-profits workers who depend on it? They thought they already had jobs, albeit jobs that don’t offer medical insurance.

A female on Twitter requested what will show up to her son “born at 26 weeks with a serious heart circumstance.” Another girl answered: “Sorry approximately your son, but what would he have executed two hundred years in the past matters are lots better but nothing is promised to everyone.”

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There is something chilling approximately that dismissal, something deeply selfish and antithetical to a nation based upon a super of character human worth. One is reminded of a Springsteen tune: “We Take Care of Our Own.”

Originally posted 2017-07-03 08:30:48.

Jeanna Davila
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