August 31, 2013 5 Comments
Let’s pretend for a moment that you have a job that nets you enough money to make the statement “My taxes pay your salary” remotely feasible. Now let’s also pretend you spent the same amount of time in a certain apartment that I did today. While we’re pretending, I have an amazing mustache.
If you had been in that government subsidized apartment with me you would have seen how else your tax dollars are being put to use. You would have seen an unemployed mother that receives food stamps for herself and her two children because she can’t afford groceries. You would have seen that same mother use her iPhone 5 to try and get a hold of a family member to watch her kids so the department of human services didn’t take them. You would have seen her explain to DHS that she and her new husband have been snorting bath salts lately (look it up, it’s not what you think) because they’ve been under a lot of stress lately. You might have heard her say that she usually only smokes marijuana, in her bathroom of course, to protect her kids. I’m sure you would have heard her ask DHS if they could make sure the foster family that takes care of her children buys them school supplies because she hasn’t had the chance yet since her SSI check is late.
You most likely would have seen the neighbor sitting in the recliner in the living room. I’m not sure you would have caught that he was a registered sex offender. I’m sure you would have seen the young male sitting at the computer with the 24″ monitor, but I’m not sure you would have realized he was a high school dropout that’s been diagnosed with schisophrenia and bi-polar disorder but has decided to stop taking his medications because he thinks he’s smarter without them.
I agree that the amount of taxes that are taken out of my paycheck seem ridiculous (I pay taxes too by the way), but some of the programs they fund seem less ridiculous than others. Try to remember that the next time you erroneously believe you’re my boss because the government redirects some of your hard earned salary to my department.