Sunday, October 23, 2011

My Response to Mr. Foster

102 Things NOT To Do If You Hate Taxes

May 18, 2011
So, you’re a Republican that hates taxes? Well, since you do not like taxes or government, please kindly do the following.
1. Do not use Medicare. I don't - (I pay cash if I need a doctor)
2. Do not use Social Security (I won't. I made plans for retirement)
3. Do not become a member of the US military, who are paid with tax dollars. (I served, but wish I didn't)
4. Do not ask the National Guard to help you after a disaster. (I wouldn't expect anyone to help me)
5. Do not call 911 when you get hurt. (I don't put myself in that position)
6. Do not call the police to stop intruders in your home. (That's why I have a gun)
7. Do not summon the fire department to save your burning home. (That's what insurance is for)
8. Do not drive on any paved road, highway, and interstate or drive on any bridge. (Paid my fuel taxes at the pump)
9. Do not use public restrooms. (The same ones from the pump or the public places/businesses I visit?)
10. Do not send your kids to public schools. (You think that comes free?)
11. Do not put your trash out for city garbage collectors. (Pay a company to remove it)
12. Do not live in areas with clean air. (Where the hell is this place?)
13. Do not drink clean water. (Why not? I pay for it.)
14. Do not visit National Parks. (Again, I pay to do so)
15. Do not visit public museums, zoos, and monuments. (The same ones that receive donations?...from me)
16. Do not eat or use FDA inspected food and medicines. (I eat healthy and avoid these)
17. Do not bring your kids to public playgrounds. (I believe that falls under property taxes)
18. Do not walk or run on sidewalks. (I don't. Too many cracks in them)
19. Do not use public recreational facilities such as basketball and tennis courts. (Again --property taxes)
20. Do not seek shelter facilities or food in soup kitchens when you are homeless and hungry. (I would never)
21. Do not apply for educational or job training assistance when you lose your job. (I haven't and wouldn't)
22. Do not apply for food stamps when you can’t feed your children. (Kids are grown and fend for themselves)
23. Do not use the judiciary system for any reason. (I wouldn't if people would stop suing me)
24. Do not ask for an attorney when you are arrested and do not ask for one to be assigned to you by the court. (I have a voice)
25. Do not apply for any Pell Grants. (I won't)
26. Do not use cures that were discovered by labs using federal dollars. (You don't think they're making their money back if I purchased their product?)
27. Do not fly on federally regulated airplanes. (You must believe that the FED makes that plane stay in the air)
28. Do not use any product that can trace its development back to NASA. (Too vague. Show me a list)
29. Do not watch the weather provided by the National Weather Service. (I can step outside to forecast)
30. Do not listen to severe weather warnings from the National Weather Service. (I don't)
31. Do not listen to tsunami, hurricane, or earthquake alert systems. (I pay for my TV to be interrupted, thank you)
32. Do not apply for federal housing. (Don't worry I won't. Have you seen who your neighbor might be?)
33. Do not use the internet, which was developed by the military. Developed yes, but again, I pay for the privilege)
34. Do not swim in clean rivers. (I don't)
35. Do not allow your child to eat school lunches or breakfasts. (I don't. I made their lunch everyday)
36. Do not ask for FEMA assistance when everything you own gets wiped out by disaster. (One of the worst run orgs anywhere)
37. Do not ask the military to defend your life and home in the event of a foreign invasion. (Again, that's why I bear right)
38. Do not use your cell phone or home telephone. (Again, pay for this...hello?)
39. Do not buy firearms that wouldn’t have been developed without the support of the US Government and military. That includes most of them. (Firearms were dev. long before the our military sported them)
40. Do not eat USDA inspected produce and meat. (Redundant to #16)
41. Do not apply for government grants to start your own business. (How are they granting money when they're broke?)
42. Do not apply to win a government contract. (The masses don't do this)
43. Do not buy any vehicle that has been inspected by government safety agencies. (Where do they get their funds? Fuel taxes perhaps?)
44. Do not buy any product that is protected from poisons, toxins, etc…by the Consumer Protection Agency. (The way Tylenol was protected but an idiot put cyanide in?) (Goes back to paying for products beyond what they cost to make)
45. Do not save your money in a bank that is FDIC insured. (Who the hell has savings? lol)
46. Do not use Veterans benefits or military health care. I don't and won't...again, I pay cash)
47. Do not use the G.I. Bill to go to college. (haven't, won't)
48. Do not apply for unemployment benefits. (Companies pay for this)
49. Do not use any electricity from companies regulated by the Department of Energy. (Aren't they all, and don't we pay anyway?)
50. Do not live in homes that are built to code. (Again...taxes have covered this)
51. Do not run for public office. Politicians are paid with taxpayer dollars. (have you seen the politicians...I don't want the rep :)  )
52. Do not ask for help from the FBI, S.W.A.T, the bomb squad, Homeland Security, State troopers, etc… (You make it seem like they're always the "Good guy")
53. Do not apply for any government job whatsoever as all state and federal employees are paid with tax dollars. (Wouldn't)
54. Do not use public libraries. (I buy my books)
55. Do not use the US Postal Service. (You've got mail.)
56. Do not visit the National Archives. (Haven't been to one. Not really interested)
57. Do not visit Presidential Libraries. (Did you mean, The liars library?)
58. Do not use airports that are secured by the federal government. (It's kind of hard not to when they have you cuffed)
59. Do not apply for loans from any bank that is FDIC insured. (Banking fees all cover something)
60. Do not ask the government to help you clean up after a tornado. (Okay, I won't ask)
61. Do not ask the Department of Agriculture to provide a subsidy to help you run your farm. (farm? Are you serious?)
62. Do not take walks in National Forests. (You must pay for's not free to begin $ or not)
63. Do not ask for taxpayer dollars for your oil company. (WTF?) (Doesn't concern the masses)
64. Do not ask the federal government to bail your company out during recessions. (The way they did the solar companies...that was good use of tax $$)
65. Do not seek medical care from places that use federal dollars. (No plans)
66. Do not use Medicaid. (No. I won't. I have plans)
67. Do not use WIC. (Won't)
68. Do not use electricity generated by Hoover Dam. (Again, paid for each month)
69. Do not use electricity or any service provided by the Tennessee Valley Authority. (Them damn Tennessee'ans)
70. Do not ask the Army Corps of Engineers to rebuild levees when they break. (Move or buy a boat)
71. Do not let the Coast Guard save you from drowning when your boat capsizes at sea. (Really?)
72. Do not ask the government to help evacuate you when all hell breaks loose in the country you are in. (I stay out of the Mid-East)
73. Do not visit historic landmarks. (Can I use my binocs?)
74. Do not visit fisheries. (No problem, I won't) (Did you know fish are being fed grain now? Thanks Gov.)
75. Do not expect to see animals that are federally protected because of the Endangered Species List. (I can see them in a book)
76. Do not expect plows to clear roads of snow and ice so your kids can go to school and so you can get to work.
77. Do not hunt or camp on federal land. (Newsflash, all land is Federal if they want it to be)
78. Do not work anywhere that has a safe workplace because of government regulations. (You mean like the safest place around, the Post Office?)
79. Do not use public transportation. (Paid for)
80. Do not drink water from public water fountains. (Property taxes)
81. Do not whine when someone copies your work and sells it as their own. Government enforces copyright laws. (They don't do a very good job)
82. Do not expect to own your home, car, or boat. Government organizes and keeps all titles. (That's why America is FREE. lol They already own it, but loan it back to you)
83. Do not expect convicted felons to remain off the streets. (As if they're off the street now)
84. Do not eat in restaurants that are regulated by food quality and safety standards. (paid for it)
85. Do not seek help from the US Embassy if you need assistance in a foreign nation. (Don't do stupid things in foreign lands)
86. Do not apply for a passport to travel outside of the United States. (paid for out of pocket)
87. Do not apply for a patent when you invent something. (Again, money out of pocket)
88. Do not adopt a child through your local, state, or federal governments. (Who needs the expense?)
89.Do not use elevators that have been inspected by federal or state safety regulators. (How long does a company stay in business that kills its clients?)
90. Do not use any resource that was discovered by the USGS. (Too vague)
91. Do not ask for energy assistance from the government. (I won't)
92. Do not move to any other developed nation, because the taxes are much higher. (Thanks for the heads-up)
93. Do not go to a beach that is kept clean by the state.
94. Do not use money printed by the US Treasury.
95. Do not complain when millions more illegal immigrants cross the border because there are no more border patrol agents.
96. Do not attend a state university. (Hello? Out of pocket... again!)
97. Do not see any doctor that is licensed through the state. (He paid his fees and I pay his)
98. Do not use any water from municipal water systems. (As though water is free. I get a bill.)
99. Do not complain when diseases and viruses, that were once fought around the globe by the US government and CDC, reach your house. (If they reach my house, then they reached the CDC's also)
100. Do not work for any company that is required to pay its workers a livable wage, provide them sick days, vacation days, and benefits. (I don't and I won't)
101. Do not expect to be able to vote on election days. Government provides voting booths, election day officials, and voting machines which are paid for with taxes. (Well maybe they should stop, we all know there's a puppet master anyway. lol)
102. Do not ride trains. The railroad was built with government financial assistance. (That abused the Chinese workers. Hello pot, this is're black)
The fact is, we pay for the lifestyle we expect. Without taxes, our lifestyles would be totally different and much harder. America would be a third world country. The less we pay, the less we get in return. Americans pay less taxes today since 1958 and is ranked 32nd out of 34 of the top tax paying countries. Chile and Mexico are 33rd and 34th. The Republicans are lying when they say that we pay the highest taxes in the world and are only attacking taxes to reward corporations and the wealthy and to weaken our infrastructure and way of life. So next time you object to paying taxes or fight to abolish taxes for corporations and the wealthy, keep this quote in mind…
“I like to pay taxes. With them, I buy civilization.” ~Oliver Wendell Holmes

     My thoughts - I have answered each of the questions, but the actual writer should know that most Republicans don't object to all taxes. Of course, taxes help our country, but so would the billions of tax dollars that politicians give away to other countries. How many bridges and roads could be repaired with the $30 million we gave to "3rd" world countries? How many jobs would be created by those same tax dollars that go overseas? Fix the house before you worry about the lawn.

Income taxes were started to fund the wars that helped to settle this great country. When the wars ended, so too, did the taxes. It wasn't until the FED came into play with the robber-barons that taxes on income were converted from corps to the individual...why do you think the FED has their hand in everything. It's not to keep order, but to keep control.

If a worker could keep the $50 that comes out for income tax each week, then maybe they could buy the shoes for their kids. For the worker that pays $100 per week, perhaps he could put others to work by purchasing a car. Income taxes keep people poor...that and bad money management.