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During lunch, two of my students were arguing the issue of taxation. Their stances took the usual form; the rich already pay more than their fair share, the rich make money off the backs of the lower class, capitalism was founded on the principle of self-gain, greed is destroying this country, etc., etc., etc..
I broke into the conversation and pointed out to one of them that the Bush tax cuts have cost this country over a trillion dollars and that we are now hemorrhaging in debt. The other student chimed in, “Yeah! We should tax them to death!” I then turned to the other student and pointed out that the countless unfunded social programs have created a society of entitlements and that people no longer feel that they have to work for a living.
Another student who had been listening to the arguments shook her head and asked me, “Whose side are you on?” I told her, “I’m not on anyone’s side. I just like to argue!”
Maybe I should have been a politician? Solutions are highly overrated in the political spectrum. You get elected by highlighting the problems, not by offering solutions. Besides, once you’re in office, you’re too busy highlighting new problems to spend any time trying to fix something. Let the next guy do that.
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