Paying your taxes is actually patriotic | Letter to the editor

Posted 11/24/21

I have not been aware of any member of Congress, representative or senator, nor any administration official, including the President, mentioning patriotism while speaking of paying one’s fair …

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Paying your taxes is actually patriotic | Letter to the editor

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I have not been aware of any member of Congress, representative or senator, nor any administration official, including the President, mentioning patriotism while speaking of paying one’s fair share of taxes. In my opinion, I think it would be appropriate to say that it was unpatriotic not to pay one’s fair share of taxes.

Patriotism is not just saluting our flag when it is presented; patriotism means one’s love of country, of service to others – from serving in the armed services, public service in one’s government at any level, to volunteering in one’s own local community for the benefit of those around them.

Patriotism is an attitude of serving, not of selfishness. Paying taxes is paramount in making our government work to serve everyone, in maintaining our infrastructure, fostering good health, and much more. It really is unfair for large corporations and those persons of great wealth to go to such great lengths to avoid paying their fair share to contribute to the commonwealth.

The IRS is very quick to point out to most of us our shortcomings when we file our returns each year. It would be good if they were as quick do bring the non-taxpayer to task. Closing all the loopholes in our tax structure would be a step in the right direction.

We need to speak out on this sad situation of tax avoidance by pointing out that it definitely is unpatriotic not to pay one’s fair share of taxes. Or – saying how patriotic are all those who do pay their taxes.

Karl F. Bach
PORT TOWNSEND

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  • Justin Hale

    So were those involved with the Boston Tea Party in 1773 who refused to pay the Tea tax were not patriotic?

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  • MargeS

    The Boston Tea Party was a political protest that occurred on December 16, 1773, at Griffin's Wharf in Boston, Massachusetts. American colonists, frustrated and angry at Britain for imposing “taxation without representation,” dumped 342 chests of tea, imported by the British East India Company into the harbor.

    If you were British, well yes, they were unpatriotic because they were against the mother country. So we fought a war over that and other problems.

    I suppose that's why we have a congress, to decide what is fair taxation. sometimes it works, sometimes not. But I rather enjoy the benefits of paying taxes. People need services and taxes are how we pay for them. Although I think the British got a better deal sometimes. universal health care, child care, etc

    5 days ago Report this

  • Justin Hale

    People don't pay taxes out of a sense of patriotism, they pay because they are forced to.

    Because the Congress is unwilling to reign in its profligate spending this country's national debt is projected to be close to 30 Trillion dollars in the next few years. Is it "fair" to shackle our children with that burden?

    Going along blithely while the Congress psses away our children's future is not being "patriotic" more like enabling.

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  • MargeS

    Speak for yourself JH, I know I use the roads, libraries, fire departments, schools, and much more. Patriotism is not why, it's because it's the right thing to do. If you don't agree with Congress there are term limits, they are called Elections.

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  • Justin Hale

    No problem with paying for the things we use, gas tax, property tax, various license fees. But this country didn't get into a 30 trillion debt financing those.

    5 days ago Report this

  • MargeS

    So how about the 2020 $714 billion military budget set to increase in 2021 to $733 Billion? Maybe trim a little of that?

    A real 'Pork Barrel' issue for most of congress.

    4 days ago Report this

  • Justin Hale

    “A democracy is always temporary in nature; it simply cannot exist as a permanent form of government. A democracy will continue to exist up until the time that voters discover that they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates who promise the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that every democracy will finally collapse due to loose fiscal policy...”

    ― Alexander Fraser Tytler

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  • MargeS

    "[I]t has been said that democracy is the worst form of Government except all those other forms that have been tried from time to time; but there is the broad feeling in our country that the people should rule, and that public opinion expressed by all constitutional means, should shape, guide, and control the actions of Ministers who are their servants and not their masters." Winston Churchill

    3 days ago Report this

  • Justin Hale

    Philosophically Churchill is correct, Historically Tytler is correct.

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  • MargeS

    . . . which is always followed by a dictatorship." You forgot this part. I believe that is what Trump was hoping for. This quote is also attributed at times to Alexis de Tocqueville.

    The American worldwide tax duty is in effect since around 1860. There was a civil war going on at the time and many people tried to avoid conscription by fleeing abroad. In order to punish and discourage these people, a law was passed that would oblige Americans to pay taxes, even when they lived abroad.

    The first Federal income tax was levied to help pay for the Union war effort. ... In 1862, Abraham Lincoln signed a bill that imposed a 3% tax on incomes between $600 and $10,000 and a 5% tax on higher incomes.

    Sixteenth Amendment, amendment (1913) to the Constitution of the United States permitting a federal income tax. The Sixteenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States, ratified in 1913.

    Ben Franklin's Famous, “Death & Taxes” Quote:

    “Our new Constitution is now established, and has an appearance that promises permanency; but in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” The source is a letter that was written from Franklin to French scientist Jean-Baptiste Leroy in 1789.Apr 9, 2021

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