Editor’s Note: Where were the Liberals who say we don’t pay enough in taxes? This citizen exposed them for what they are… liars! – Tom
May 1st at 5:00 pm the “Voluntary Tax Donation ” Event was held at the historic Hanover Courthouse. I’m proud to say that I attended but was very discouraged by the outcome.
I am so naive to have thought people were going to be lining up to pay what they percieve to be their fair share. The event was an opportunity for the hundreds, maybe even thousands of Hanover citizens to come out and help out our county with their voluntarily contributions. Our county, just like most throughout the country, continues to struggle to offset the downward pressure of the federal government’s wreckless spending, which has led to the slowest economic recovery in history.
During the ongoing budget debate here in Hanover county, I heard there were many folks begging and pleading to have their taxes raised. Sadly, there was not one single tax increase proponent at the event. There was not one single dollar collected for the children! Coordinators of the event were there and prepared for donations of any size. But at the end of the day all of the jars were still empty.
It seems that the big tax proponents want to use the coercive power of government to over tax the hard working folks so that unsustainable irresponsible spending may continue. Good stewardship and personal responsibility will go a long way toward providing the services we all need and can be done with a smaller government.
Famous Economist, Milton Friedman, had this common sense analysis about money:
1. You can spend your own money on yourself. When you do that, you really watch out what you’re doing, and you try to get the most for your money.
2. You can spend your own money on somebody else. For example, I buy a birthday present for someone. Well, then I’m not so careful about the content of the present, but I’m very careful about the cost.
3. I can spend somebody else’s money on myself. And, when I do, I’m sure going to have a good lunch!
4. I can spend somebody else’s money on somebody else. And when I do, I’m not concerned about how much it is, and I’m not concerned about what I get.
Proud but Sad,
W. S. Wright