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Sarah Palin: Paying taxes is not patriotic

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Tom Friedman, in his column of Oct 7, stated what I’ve been thinking ever since I heard Sarah Palin decry that paying taxes should not be considered patriotic.

She defended the surge in Iraq, where her own son is now serving. She defended sending more troops to Afghanistan. And yet, at the same time, she declared that Americans who pay their fair share of taxes to support all those government-led endeavors should not be considered patriotic

Like everyone else in this country, I’m not particularly fond of paying taxes, but I do recognize the need for taxation. Taxation pays for our military, our roads, our bridges, our waterways, our schools, our safe (international) commerce, our medical safety, our immigration safety, our wonderful national parks, our national and international intelligence networks, much of our research and development of new technologies and medicines, and a host of other benefits that we all look to the federal government to provide. Without taxes, these services which we have all come to look for from our federal government would not exist.

Like Tom Friedman, I question:

I only wish she had been asked: “Governor Palin, if paying taxes is not considered patriotic in your neighborhood, who is going to pay for the body armor that will protect your son in Iraq? Who is going to pay for the bailout you endorsed? If it isn’t from tax revenues, there are only two ways to pay for those big projects — printing more money or borrowing more money. Do you think borrowing money from China is more patriotic than raising it in taxes from Americans?” That is not putting America first. That is selling America first.

Sorry, I grew up in a very middle-class family in a very middle-class suburb of Minneapolis, and my parents taught me that paying taxes, while certainly no fun, was how we paid for the police and the Army, our public universities and local schools, scientific research and Medicare for the elderly. No one said it better than Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes: “I like paying taxes. With them I buy civilization.”

Sarah Palin is wrong and unpatriotic. Her attitude is to leave it to the next generation to pay the bills that this generation…this time…racks up. I disagree. I like the civilization our taxes have bought. And I don’t like leaving it to the next generation to pay the bill, either economically or environmentally.

“Saracuda” is wrong on just about everything!


Written by Valerie Curl

October 9, 2008 at 2:12 AM

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