Teabaggers and Me

I’ve been thinking about the teabaggers and the anger that they display. Well, not just that, but also at my own anger on many of the same and similar issues.

The teabaggers are angry about taxes. Well I am too, though I’m far from being a teabagger. They think they pay too much and get too little in return. My feeling is that I pay a fair tax for all that is provided by those tax dollars, but I’m angry that those who most need help from my tax dollars aren’t getting that help.

I guess the difference is that the teabaggers are looking for their own payoff for the dollars they put into the system and I’m looking for more tax dollars to be spent on others. I don’t need much that taxes aren’t already paying for in my case. I drive on roads good enough to get me where I’m going, I feel adequately protected by police and fire and other governmental agencies, I got a good public education, my streets get plowed in the winter, my Social Security payment is deposited without fail each month into my bank account. In short, I can’t complain about my plight.

What I don’t understand is how the teabaggers can only look at their own wishes, desires, needs, or whatever, and never realize that there’s a lot more people out there who need those tax dollars in order to survive. It’s not all just ne’er-do-wells who won’t try to help themselves. There’s a lot of hard-working Americans who are unemployed or underemployed due to the failure of our government to protect them from foreign competition, corporate greed, political expediency, and a myriad of other failings.

I don’t mind, and in fact, want, my tax dollars to go to these people and to help take care of their needs. And I’m angry that those dollars are not being used for this sort of social good.

Teabaggers are so busy trying to articulate what’s in it for them that they never think about what others are dealing with. A sensible healthcare reform package, for instance, would prolong the lives of millions of Americans, improve the conditions of life for those millions, and free them from the worry of catastrophic loss as the result of an illness they can’t afford. I WANT my tax dollars to go to help those people, and I’m angry that it isn’t happening.

Hundreds of thousands of Americans are having their homes foreclosed because of the economic downturn, through no fault of their own. No one is stepping up to help them. Whole neighborhoods are being left desolate, housing values are dropping across the board, and it’s not the fault of anyone who is being punished by the effects of this economic crisis. The one’s at fault got bailed out, took home some big bonuses, and are most likely keeping their homes safe and secure.

I want some of my tax dollars to go to help those who are losing their homes. Let’s put a stop to this senselessness, this hollowing out of the very heart of America. I don’t mind paying my taxes if those less advantaged than I can benefit from those dollars.

The teabaggers say, “What’s in it for me?”. I ask, “Why aren’t my tax dollars going to help those who need help?” Neither the teabaggers nor I are getting any answers. We’re both angry. We both want change. We both want what’s best for this country and its people.

The difference is, they want for themselves, and I want for those who need. I just don’t think that our jobs should disappear to other countries, our support systems for the needy should fail those they’re supposed to serve, our infrastructure should fall into disrepair through neglect and lack of funding, and all the while, no one cares.

Wake up teabaggers. We’re all in this together. We differ in what to do about it, we differ in our opinions as to who should be getting the help they need. But we should unite in the knowledge that what happens to one of us can, and will, happen to all of us if we don’t do something constructive to change it.

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