Taxes create the kind of community that I want to live in.~ Rev. Jennifer Hope Kottler ~
from her commentary, "You Get What You Pay For,"
in the April issue of Sojourners
Taxes. Most of us complain about them at one time or another. I know I have. However, my tune has changed in recent years.
Ask anyone who lives (or has lived) in a country where there is no infrastructure how they feel about paying their taxes. If they now live here, chances are they will tell you that they love what they get for paying them.
Roads. Police. Fire departments. Libraries. Schools. Clean water and sewers..to name a few of the basics.
I was lucky enough to be born here. Now I choose to live here. Is it the best place on earth? Probably not, but there are a lot of places I would rather NOT live, and some of those reasons are the differences we get when we pay taxes.
I can't guarantee that I will never again complain about paying taxes. If you ask me about it, though, my complaint will likely have a lot more to do with my lack of planning than with my feeling that paying taxes is unfair.
I agree with Rev. Kottler...and Oliver Wendell Holmes:
Taxes are the price we pay for civilization.~ Oliver Wendell Holmes ~