Friday, April 15, 2016

Taxes

We all complain a lot about taxes in this country. Since today is "tax day", it seems appropriate to look at taxes and wonder whether or not the anger and frustration is fair.

I've spent some time in Norway, one of the Scandinavian countries, and I must say, I found it a wonderful place to be. It certainly does not consider itself a socialist country, but it certainly has some strongly socialistic programs, like free education and  free health care. I can't say I'm not envious, because I am. I think it's great that any young person who is capable can have the opportunity to continue their education. I have children who are still paying of college loans and the youngest graduated nearly ten years ago. Having him saddled with thousands of dollars in debt seems unfair.

And seeing what a disaster the Affordable Care Act has been, I long for a single payer health insurance for all citizens, like Medicare or Medicaid. Why is that so difficult? In this, the most progressive, wealthiest country in the world there are people who cannot afford their prescription medications. We should be ashamed of that. I am.

I don't resent paying taxes. I appreciate our military and our infrastructure. I don't enjoy paying taxes that are wasted on silly studies and $100 hammers. So it's a necessary evil, but one I don't mind, unless....

Today we all pay our taxes. Love them or hate them, they are a really sure thing.

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