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Beer, Taxes and the Basics

A great blog entry this morning comes from John Locke “On Taxes and Barstool Economics.”  In the article, he reports a story that describes economics in terms of 10 men sitting at a bar drinking, and the breakdowns in the theory.

I find it interesting that when we think about taxes and responsibility, we think about it in different terms than when we think of individual people and responsibility. It is normally the case that those who have demonstrated the greatest ability have managed the greatest responsibility. Our entire system of government, business, and rearing our families is based on this concept. Why should taxes be any different?

I think that part of the problem is that we have become to individualistic and opportunistic. America was built on communities and a sense of togetherness. Now we live in an age of super-competitiveness, where people are out for themselves and what they can amass, completely unaware that the sun shines on all of us.clip_image002[4]

We, as a country, need to go back to basics…we need to look at things that we can do something about. We need to hold people accountable for their theft and indiscretions. We need to address issues of education and poverty, transportation, economics, businesses and work. We need to address the goals and purpose of our government. We have crossed so many lines between right and wrong that the legal system is beginning to look murky at best.

Consider, for a moment…what would happen if our taxes went up 1%-2%? What would happen if they went down 1% – 2%? What about 5%?

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The question should be: what is going to happen with my tax dollars? If I am going to bail out a company or companies that made bad decisions and caused me and my country pain and suffering, I don’t want any part of it. I would rather keep my money and spend it where I choose.

If it is going to be invested in our infrastructure so that we are not so dependant on fossil fuels or going into our health system so hospitals don’t have to charge $3,300 for an emergency room visit

Consider this: By keeping the best schools exclusive to the highest-tax grossing neighborhoods, we perpetuate the problem of under education, poverty and at-risk communities.

By dumping all of our money and resources into the largest companies who have the greatest resources and responsibility, and treating small businesses as though they are to be tolerated, we cut the legs out from underneath our societies. While there are many small businesses that go out of business, there are many that do well, and get sold to larger businesses or become larger businesses.

It’s ironic how when someone speaks for truth and addressing the needs of the group, versus the needs of the individual or exclusive individuals, he is labeled. I think that sometimes, we ask that people address a scratch on the bumper when the whole car is wrecked.