Tina K. Russell

April 22, 2008

On Oversight

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , — Tina Russell @ 8:18 pm

Taxes as an Investment in America – New York Times

I agree with “Abolish All ‘Taxes,’ ” by Richard Conniff (Op-Ed, April 15), that the word “taxes” has way too much baggage. I also agree with his friend who doesn’t like the word “dues” either.

Both imply something extracted as a cost of membership in a society. Why don’t we call the money we send the Internal Revenue Service what it really is: an investment in America.

We are all shareholders in this enterprise, and we all have a say, as voters, in how our investments are managed.

If we don’t like what our leaders are doing with our assets, we fire them at the next election.

Susan Fiore
Verona, Wis., April 16, 2008

I like that.


1 Comment »

  1. In theory, I agree. In practice it will never happen. The system of changing “money-managers” (elections) is hopelessly broken. Current funds are mis-managed, to a criminal extent some would argue. Our multi-trillion dollar debt rises exponentially. Our money managers are robbing the social security and Medicare funds just to make interest payments on the debt. There are certain things in which I am all for investing in America. I would favor a system letting people select where their investments are applied.

    Comment by jwcooper3 — April 22, 2008 @ 8:31 pm

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