My thinking is always logical. Corporations spend millions and millions putting "puppets" in place to do their bidding. It's all for the best interests of the corporations, not the country. So what's wrong with individuals doing the same thing? Even if you look at politics at the local level, you will see people putting business first over local needs. A contractor may financially back a certain politician because he knows he will get that politician to do unnecessary building work. A law firm can do the same thing. The politician then wastes money billing unnecessary legal hours at the city's expense.<quoted text>I don't agree with some of what you have stated but I finally see logical thinking in the post.
In the 1st paragraph, the remark about what Repubs want may be right but can be argued. the rest is spot on.
As far as 'bloated' budgets....of course. Many or most family budgets are just as guilty. Difference is that the family budget for the most part, affects only that family, we all have a right to whine about how our tax dollars are spent which segues to your claim that the forefathers taxing people to death & them not liking it when it was done to them....not quite correct. What was
'done to them' was the taxation without representation for King George making or approving all final taxes & the decisions that prompted them. An example being that many taxes were structured so that certain goods had to be purchased from England as opposed to being made in the colonies because of tax structures & the list of examples could fill a book.
The colonies had limited power about the taxes but the STATES had representatives.
You are also totally correct about liquor taxes being the cause of 'moonshiners/bootleggers' & personally, I think that it has made for a great adventure in Americana. I have found the remnants of stills in the Appalacian Mtns when hiking off of trails & found the stimulation of my imagination wandering down paths of history.
And of course, EVERY 'social program' can be pared along with the military budget.
My point about history is to show it was screwed from the start. As soon as they got power, they started in on the "[email protected] you, pay me" tax game. It's been downhill ever since. Some of the people were wishing King George was back in charge.
Render unto Caesar all things that are his, and watch him [email protected] away your money. It's been like this since the days they tarred and feathered tax collectors in ancient Egypt. The best thing people can do is practice tax avoidance like corporations do. Try to pay as little as possible. Why stress over something that has been going on and will never stop? Whether it's $500,000 experiments on why monkeys like bananas or food stamps, our money is gone.
What really kills me is people who are not rich acting as if they are. People are one bout with cancer from needing social programs. Fighting a medical condition could easily wipe out a person's savings(I've seen it happen). What if a person has a stroke? Then what? Until I have a few million in the bank, I don't want the programs eliminated.