Candidate Romney stepped in it this time, I believe with is comments said at a fund raiser in May that were release by Mother Jones. During those taped conversations, he shows his true distain for people that are not like him – basically most of America. Those statements show that his presidency will be for the few, for the privileged, and for the minority. In the words of Jennifer Granholm “where the cars get the elevators and the workers get the shaft.” It really convinced me that Romney is out of touch with this country and what this country needs.
The one good thing that has come out of all of this is that the American public finally understands that yes, only 47% actually pay federal taxes and there are reasons for that. It is somewhat easier to understand why we are in the situation we are in when you know where the revenue is coming from and why those who do pay federal taxes are stretched so thin. But many of those people aren’t irresponsible and living off welfare and playing the system. Many of those people are struggling to make ends meet, and many of them are our friends and neighbors.
I ran across a list of things that our taxes pay for and the list is very extensive. Furthermore, taxes are not all bad and are not totally there to pay for programs for the poor. I found a great essay on what taxes pay for, and a quote from Franklin Delano Roosevelt who once remarked that “Taxes, after all, are dues that we pay for the privileges of membership in an organized society.” But the best example of what taxes do for us, in my opinion is found here. After reading that, I felt so much better about why we really need to contribute our fair share to society.