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It would be very entertaining to resurrect the Founding Fathers – the guys who fought to build a nation that would not suffer taxation without representation – and see the expressions on their faces when they see what that ideology has spawned. Taxation “with” representation is our credo and we certainly do have representation. Boy, do we have representation!
More so than most people realize.
The budget meltdown in California helped underscore the true complexity (and idiocy) of taxes in this country. People scream for services. They want their roads paved and maintained. They want those streets safe from crime. They want health and human service programs, clean modern schools, police forces and fire fighters, courts and prisons, consumer protection agencies, national defense, environmental protection, and emergency services. The only thing they don’t want is taxes. Sadly, as Californians are learning the hard way, whether or not taxes cover the demand, services must be maintained at a level independent of the ability to pay for them.
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