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  • Gozo Rabat

    FREEDOM ISN’T FREE—OF DEFENSE COSTS, SOCIAL COSTS, OR TAXES:

    We have become a “glass-half-empty” society:

    Those on the Left oppose taxes because of defense-spending, while those on the Right oppose taxes because of spending on education, energy, environment, healthcare, welfare and retirement.

    We believe America is “exceptional,” yet we decry the costs of what economic infrastructure sustains us. We hate taxes.

    This shared, American sense of “entitlement” is the intended message of the Good post. It’s too bad we don’t seem to get it. But at least we remain entitled:

    “Freedom isn’t free: we just expect someone else to pay for it.”

    Regards,
    (($; -)}
    Gozo!

  • Brian Jacobs

    Dave Burdick, after seeing how short your article was and the lack of facts, I knew this would be a weak stance on the issue. Clearly you need to do more research. Clearly!!

  • Antonios

    This article is completely missing the point. Federal taxes pay for the federal department of education and the programs it funds. Education in incredibly important and everyone should have access to educational materials. The problem is that the federal government is not capable of providing top level service in this area. The process by which decisions are made does not create innovative solutions. This country ranks poorly in comparison with the rest of the world. The US education system is still mainly geared for creating obedient workers rather than innovative, independent thinkers. When people complain about high taxes it's because the government has shown itself to be inept at creating solutions. That money usually would have been better spent elsewhere.

    • Brian Jacobs

      Thank you Antonios. I was preparing myself to write a long argument, but i couldn't have said it better myself.