I have an excellent, talented, intelligent friend named Bob Suh. He’s an accomplished graphic designer and photographer, but he is also politically aware and actively promotes/discusses issues. Like Bob, I’m no fan of Tea Partiers. One of the main reasons why? They want all the services but don’t want to pay any taxes for them.
Another reason? Because they actually did start out as a grassroots movement led by Ron Paul with some very interesting things to say…until they were bought out and co-opted by the Republican Party. Now, it’s just where the racists and the most ignorant among us go to avoid admitting that they act, think and promote ignorance and hatred and are mistakenly being led into advocating for a fascist agenda. One of the most common complaints that you hear from Tea Party-types is that they “shouldn’t have to/don’t want to” pay taxes.
Finally, these are the same people who rail against “socialism” even though we’ve had socialist policies in place in this country from its inception and everyone knows that pure socialism (just like pure capitalism) simply doesn’t work. The most successful countries are generally some mix of capitalism and socialism.
Well, my good friend, Bob Suh had something to say about crying ‘socialism’ and why we pay taxes after being “inspired” by some Tea Partiers. I HAD to share:
“Americans should have the option to not pay taxes.
Of course, saying this opts them out of being able to use any of the infrastructure that the rest of us pay into to create a civilized society — things like…
Social Security; Medicare/Medicaid; State Children’s Health Insurance Programs (SCHIP); police, fire, and emergency services; the US Postal Service; public roads and highways; air travel (it’s regulated by the socialist FAA); the US Railway System; public subways and metro systems; public bus and light rail systems; rest areas on highways; sidewalks; all government-funded local/state projects; public water and sewer services (goodbye socialist toilet, shower, dishwasher, kitchen sink, outdoor hose); public and state universities and colleges; public primary and secondary schools; Sesame Street; publicly funded anti-drug use education for children; public museums, libraries, public parks and beaches; state and national parks; public zoos; unemployment insurance; municipal garbage and recycling services; treatment at any hospital or clinic that ever received funding from local, state or federal government (basically all of them); medical services and medications that were created or derived from any government grant or research funding (again, pretty much all of them); socialist byproducts of government investment such as duct tape and velcro (NASA inventions); use of the Internet; email, and networked computers, as the DoD‘s ARPANET was the basis for subsequent computer networking; socialist security departments such as the Pentagon, FBI, CIA, Department of Homeland Security, TSA, Department of Justice and their socialist employees; foodstuffs, meats, produce and crops that were grown with, fed with, raised with or that contain inputs from crops grown with government subsidies; clothing made from crops (e.g. cotton) that were grown with or that contain inputs from government subsidies; VA benefits; socialist government buildings like the capitol in Washington, D.C.; Smithsonian Museums such as the Air and Space Museum or Museum of American History; the socialist Washington, Lincoln, and Jefferson Monuments; the government-operated Statue of Liberty; The Grand Canyon; the socialist World War II and Vietnam Veterans Memorials; the government-run socialist-propaganda location known as Arlington National Cemetery, and all other public-funded socialist sites, whether it be in your state or in Washington, DC.” – Bob Suh