We've been over this one a few times already, Smith. Taxes ARE fees for services.
Maybe I didn't reply clearly enough for you before. Taxes are payments, as are FEES, yes, in that it is money out of my pocket. But if I don't use the (what you call) service and I am forced to pay the tax for it, anyway, then, no, it is not a fee for service. Let's use this ice rink that's now in the Village Center for an example. I believe that I heard that it is not being funded with fees...or um, uh, er...tax dollars but with donations. These donations would be money given voluntarily by people for the purpose of providing an ice rink for use by anybody. If you donate to it and you use it you could reasonably say that this is a fee for service. If taxes were to be extracted against somebody's will to pay for the ice rink AND they didn't use it then it would NOT be fee-for-service. Really, Firefly, I don't know how to make it more clear than the above. If you don't use it, you got no service. If money is taken from one by force, by government, and one gets no service for it, it is not fee-for-service.
Centralized doesn't necessarily mean evil, nor wasteful. All that glorious infrastructure that makes driving cars more convenient has to be paid for.
And it is paid for by taxes. I drive, I buy gas, gas is taxed, that money is supposed to be used for roads. And it is used for roads, except for the part that is stolen to fund other things
. I own a vehicle, I pay a registration (what they call) fee, that fee goes to fund roads, except the portion that is stolen for other things
. See, I pay the tax (the FEE) and I use the roads (I get the service) FEE FOR SERVICE in effect.
Why don't you take a look at what you're GETTING from living where you do, instead of focusing on what you're SPENDING. I get really tired of the whiny-a$$ed crybabies who keep throwing tantrums about How Unfair It All Is
Why Firefly, I AM focussing on what I am getting. It's less than I pay for. This is why I am saying that it's not the fairest way to go about doing things. I believe Fee-for-service is. Would you be okay of some of that tax money went to pay for schooling other people's children at say, Christian schools? And I refer, now, to property taxes.
To quote some of the signs said on the Mall in Washington a couple of weeks ago:
Would you vote for me?
If you want no government, Oh here we go with the leftist strawman bit again...ok...
Move to Somalia.
Who's arguing for no goverment?
I pay taxes. Wow, that's for sure. War is really expensive especially when it's contracted out. Or is that called outsourced?
War isn't free.
I have no problemWell this almost is sensible. Just need to add "that fund road construction and maintenance" after the word "taxes."
don't pave themselves
You're an American: I am acting like one.
Act Like One
The rallying cry of the Revolutionary War was: No Taxation Without Representation. You've got the Representation, so Pay the Tax.
Actually taxation with the representation we've got isn't so great either. I love my country and my State and my Village and my neighbors and want it all to be better- always improving if possible- so I am offering my opinion. That's all.
Or run for office and change things.