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  •  As a small really (4+ / 0-)
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    small business owner I pay a yearly tax to metro, our public transit company. It's about 350$ a year. Of all the  taxes I pay I resent this the least. We have excellent public transportation.  On the other hand My city and state taxes are pretty high and I resent the graft and corruption that I am 'subsidizing' in regards to development and big business that seems to me to be benefiting developers and private investors.

    Those who require them end up being those who are making a profit and can afford to grease the way for getting the permits and the zoning to build their projects that are usually very profitable and do not benefit the public. Those that benefit are people who can afford the high rent or mortgages and the too bigs that destroy the environment for the profits of their corporations.

    Why is this a public service or a benefit? Tt makes my affordable pleasant  inner city neighborhood un-affordable to those who don't make over 100,000$ a year.  It also causes most of the  people I know to figure out how to get around permits and zoning to fix and maintain their homes.

    It ruins small local businesses as rents go up and the public ends up subsidizing the demise of their communities as they cannot compete with the big businesses. Instead of affordable livable communities we end up subsidizing the profit's of private entities that could care less about the public who can't afford their obscene profits.  

    My state is even worse corporations get huge tax breaks, which we subsidize for the privilege for example of having  dirty coal shipped down our river or by rail to sell and ship to China.  Goldman Sachs owns big hunks of our ports, Intel pollutes our water and gets tax breaks to do so.. A Scottish corporation owns our electricity. There is no public anymore.  

    Then their is public education, which is in the process of being dismantled for 'the race to the top'. Public is a concept that is the antithesis to the privateers who currently own the place. They own every place in our land.  The public, ordinary people, are just a profit loss or a source of revenue for wealth creators. This is the NWO, where you pay the vig in taxes and they go directly to the savvy businessmen who exist only to make a profit on anything public. In short the public monies are simply an ATM for the profiteers and their free market, which we subsidize. The rents too high.            

    •  There seems to be a cognitive dissonance (6+ / 0-)

      among people who think high taxes promote corruption: They don't seem to understand that the corruption that occurs in "big government" is merely a far more limited form of the total corporate rule over people's lives that occurs in a "small government" state with few taxes.  When taxes are low and government small, they don't have to hide what they do behind an opaque regulatory process, because they are the government - whatever you save in not paying taxes to government, they take a lot more just not paying you in the first place, not giving you benefits, and straight-up buying what little government remains.  I would rather live in Chicago in the era of Daley or the most Mafia-riddled New York era than live in Texas.

      In Roviet Union, money spends YOU!

      by Troubadour on Sun Dec 09, 2012 at 12:07:08 PM PST

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