There has been much discussion about Socialism since the election of President Barak Obama. Health Care Reform and a Public Option for Health Care have been denounced by some as “Socialism.” Have you ever wondered what it would be like to have no taxes to pay? Think about how much your pay check would increase if no federal, state, or local taxes were deducted. Thinking about how much your savings account would grow sounds too good to be true!
Or does it? If all taxes were eliminated there would be other issues to consider. For example: there would be no public schools to educate your children, no police force to protect your life and property. And who would respond to the fire alarm when your home catches fire?
Granted, welfare may be an abused system in need of reform; we all agree it needs some tweaking! But do we not all agree that a caring and compassionate society needs some means of providing for those who through no fault of their own cannot take care of themselves? That goes beyond being Christian; it speaks to human decency.
My family has visited and loved our national parks. How much their preservation has enriched our nation! We have benefited by traveling cross-country on our interstate highway--sure beats the slow-going on those narrow two-laners. We have reaped blessings from being protected by our armed forces, although some of the political issues involved remain a little too political.
Like it or not (and I have not always liked it), the undeniable truth is that all of us have reaped many benefits from our federal taxes. Without doubt, it is true that in some cases our taxes could be lowered. Perhaps the size of our government could be reduced (a basketball game does not require so many coaches, scouts, et al, either). Yet, it remains true, as others have observed, our system may not be a perfect system but it is better than any of the others and it is the system of choice.
It is also true that we cannot cooperate (govern) together without some degree of being “social.” The alternative is to be anti-social. Being anti-social drives us apart and disparages working together. Charges of “socialism” are politically motivated, promoted without thinking through, and calculated to prevent us from achieving a common good.
Together, we enjoy what individually only a select few could otherwise enjoy. From both a Christian perspective and from the view of the common good, all of us ought to be happy to contribute out taxes to the protection of the common good of all of us. We can be sociable together or unsociable apart; we can cooperate for the common good and enjoy our good game of life, or we can go our individual ways and be manipulated by those who would greedily grasp it all without sharing it.
This is Wayne at
Walking With Warner