290° I find certain political discussions sad. Among those discussions are one’s that start with, “Why should we waste money on…” or “We can’t afford to….” or “Why should I have to pay for…” In every case is the idea that unless person directly benefits from something, it is a waste of money and/or they have no obligation to help pay for it.
Over the last seventy years, trillions of tax dollars have been spent for roads, sewers, water systems, schools, and monuments. Today, some people take our country’s infrastructure for granted and they believe maintenance and replacement of existing systems and buildings is too expensive.
If I were to try to convince someone to help pay for a large structure to hold thousands of people up in the air to have a better view of an event that only happens a few times a year, most people would question why they should contribute to the effort. Yet, tell them it is for a football stadium for their favorite local college team and many of those same people would not hesitate to write a check.
The difference is that people will financially support their local college team, but they have to be convinced to contribute their fair share for the infrastructure that makes our affluent American society possible. Taxes are not optional. They are part of the cost of living in the United States of America. Taxes are not evil, they are an investment in America’s future.