Originally Posted by anantksundaram
I am always happy to have my taxes cut, regardless of reason or season.
But are you happy to have the services cut too? Buh-bye police, courts, roads, airports...
This is the problem a lot of people had with the tea party, particularly when it came out that a good number of the tea party leaders were receiving medicare, social security, or unemployment.
You can't have it both ways. I'm not trying to say government spending should go up, it shouldn't! Bush increased our budget over 100% from Clinton, the most any president in the last 60 years has increased our US budget. I was outraged then too, especially since 50% of the increase went to wars that I didn't believe in. So I strongly believe in government accountability and responsible spending. But this idea that we can just magically cut things and have this not ripple down is ridiculous. Spending cuts happen best when the economy is good and they happen gradually over time.
Look, if all the people here who don't want to pay taxes want to start their own country, fine. We can have anarchy country where you're in charge of doing and building everything on your own. Cowboy and whatnot. Private industry will fund their own systems, and things will be great roads will go from where businesses want to where they want, and they'll build more—for a hefty fee—for users in high frequency areas. Sorry, small towns, no roads for you. Not enough profit. Environment? Regulation? Bah, who needs 'em.
And the rest of us will keep living in our country, where we believe a society of people can build a better future for all of us by working together and creating a unifying system (hint: that's what a government is). We'll fight to keep our government accountable while you fight to figure out how to get water in Phoenix without government-subsidies canals.