/ "Probably the most basic fantasy of conservatives is that they are paying for other i.e. those who won't work. It's simply not true. Forget about paying your "fair" share, you aren't even paying for what you personally consume."
With regard to government services, that is probably true for "progressives" at the lower end of the pay scale, but is certainly NOT true for conservatives at the upper end, nor for very many people in the middle range.
/ "If we privatized everything and paid fees for use, almost all of us would pay 3x for those services than what we pay in taxes."
Except of course for those at the top who are currently paying much more than 3x for what they use in government services. At least once privatization occurs, we will be free to pick and choose those services which we want to buy and pay only for what we use. Sounds fair.
The problem is that much of the tax taken in is based on income, not consumption or use. The poor will always outnumber the rich, and will out-vote them.
/ "The money we borrow goes directly into your/our pockets. You want to end the deficit? Expect to pay more."
Borrowing your way to prosperity?
Get rid of your car. That should save you enough for you to afford health insurance.
Also, stop smoking and apply those savings to your health insurance.
Jessica, come here, boo.
The $3.3 billion represents a tax burden of over $500 to each Georgia taxpayer, most of whom have day jobs, instead of writing garbage for CL. They aren't going to see any of that money even if Georgia accepts it. By not accepting the money, the Federal debt and deficit would theoretically be made less bad than they otherwise would have been.
The Governor recognizes that each taxpayer, most of whom have boring day jobs instead of glamorous freelance gigs, would be paying additional taxes for something which is of no benefit to them.
If you smoke then you have no cause to expect others to pay for the consequences.
Have you asked your baby's father to provide you and junior with health insurance? That might be more reasonable that expecting total strangers to do so.
You have a very distorted view of what is and isn't a subsidy.
If we did away with the Federal income tax, and replaced it with a consumption tax, all of your ridiculous objections about "subsidies" would be rendered moot.
If there aren't enough jobs, you might ask yourself why. You could start a company and hire some people, correct?
The only thing the government does to ensure Chlyoder's chance to pursue a livelihood is to provide police and fire services on a local level and a military to protect the nation as a whole. She is probably paying her way for those.
To force her to take care of you via taxes is evil.
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