Tax Me!

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I want patent protections for my business to keep an advantage from its inventions. Patent registration and enforcement costs money. Tax me!

I want my company to be able to hire qualified workers. That means education can’t put students in such debt that education isn’t a worthwhile investment. Subsidizing education costs money. Tax me!

I want quality schools for my business to have competent workers. That costs money. Tax me!

I want quality schools for MY CHILDREN to be able to compete in the global market. That costs money. Tax me!

I want safe foods. Maybe most farmers mean well, but agribusiness has demonstrated time and again that it does not always do a good enough job of safeguarding food without govt oversight. That costs money. Tax me!

I want safe cars. Reputation helps motivate good engineering, but not enough. Govt standards have made a huge difference. Developing and enforcing good standards costs money. Tax me!

I want good roads on which I don’t have to pay per trip. Private industry won’t give me that. Roads cost money. Tax me!

The same goes for bridges and tunnels. Tax me!

I want to be able to breath clean air. Developing and enforcing air pollution controls costs money. Tax me!

I want to be able to drink clean water. Developing and enforcing air pollution controls costs money. Tax me!

I want at least basic flood control measures built around rivers. Private industry has no profit motive to give me that. Tax me!
I want police protection, both for my company’s assets and my own personal assets. Tax me!
I want military protection so that I have no worry that some despotism beyond the reach of my vote might try to mess with us. Tax me!

I want military protection so that pirates — who are quite active in parts of the world these days — will expect that attacking our ships would mean that massive naval force would be breathing down their necks. I want them to expect that attacking American citizens in any waters anywhere would soon result in Navy Seals jumping up out of the water into their boats — after the Seals finished snacking on great white sharks — to teach ’em a lesson about picking on innocent folks. Training Seals costs money. Tax me!

I want veterans who risked their life & limb to defend my country to be well care for, medically and otherwise. Tax me!

I want to be able to say my govt was largely responsible for finding the cure(s) for cancer. Tax me!
I want to be able to say my govt was largely responsible for finding the cure for AIDS. Tax me!
I want to be able to say my govt was largely responsible for finding the cure for anything else horrible. Tax me!
I want there to be no hunger from poverty in my nation. Private charities haven’t managed to cover that alone. And private industry isn’t either. Tax me!
I want there to be nobody in my nation who can’t find shelter when they need it. It doesn’t have to be nice, but it has to keep ’em dry and not too cold. Tax me!
I don’t want monopolies eliminating all competition, driving up prices, and reducing my product/service choices. I particularly don’t want my company to have no chance to compete on the quality of our output just because some other company has 99.9% of the market. Anti-trust efforts cost money. Tax me!
I don’t want various industries dumping dangerous chemicals into my drinking water, crop land, playgrounds, parks, etc. And by the way, without govt interference, lots of industries do that. Tax me!
I want violent crimes to be investigated and the criminals to be prosecuted. Tax me!

I want the innocent to be protected from unreasonableĀ prosecution, even if they don’t have the money to defend themselves. Tax me!

I want diplomats on the task of making sure American companies can compete fairly abroad. Tax me!

I want consular services making sure that when I travel abroad — whether for business or pleasure — I can expect my govt to be looking out for my interests even there. Tax me!

When I take a domestic flight, I want to be able to expect the air traffic to be well coordinated. Tax me!

I want investment in research and development that will grow American business. Tax me!

I want to be able to say my govt recently built things as impressive as the Hoover Dam, the federal highway system, and all those other great things of the past. No — strike that — I want to be able to say we built and did things far better than anything done before. Tax me!