Source: Sherman Publications

My Way
Gazelles canít vote on whether theyíre eaten, but taxpayers can

by CJ Carnacchio

May 07, 2014

Iím afraid to take out my wallet in public these days with so many local government officials casting covetous eyes upon my hard-earned dollars.

It seems like everybody and his brother is asking for either a tax increase or a new tax on the August and November ballots.

We the taxpayers are much like gazelles being surrounded by salivating, toothy predators looking to fatten themselves at our expense.

The difference is the gazelle doesnít get a vote when it comes to whether or not itís eaten Ė we do.

Ah, the advantages of having thumbs and the ability to reason.

Almost every government entity and agency believes theyíre a necessity and the center of the universe, therefore whatever they desire, we should just give it to them and be grateful little lemmings.

But those of us who dwell in the real world know thatís simply not true.

Government provides both necessities and luxuries to citizens.

The trick is being able to cut through all the feel-good malarkey and distinguish between the two.

Separating the two largely depends on a personís value system and priorities.

For instance, to me, extinguishing house fires and transporting the most vulnerable people in our community Ė senior citizens and the disabled Ė to doctor appointments and grocery stores are necessities. Iím happy to pay for those services within reason.

On the other hand, giving folks something to do in their spare time or helping them pursue their hobbies is a luxury.

I donít believe itís governmentís job to keep people entertained or physically fit and I certainly donít believe itís my job to pay for it, so I vote against those taxes.

Contrary to what some believe, Iím not anti-tax. Iím anti-excessive taxes. Iím anti-unnecessary taxes. Iím anti-stupid taxes.

The surest way to kill a community is to overtax it. High tax bills can force existing residents out of their homes and scare away potential new ones. They can hurt businesses and lead to empty storefronts and factories.

More taxes donít create better communities. More taxes donít lead to prosperity.

All more taxes do is create poorer citizens.

The siren song that says, ďIf you build it, they will comeĒ is powerful to government folks when theyíre asking for more of our money.

Equally powerful should be the warning, ďIf you tax them, they will leave.Ē