While we consume and pay taxes, those are activities of our existence. The economy is supposed to serve our social goals as human beings. We are not economic entities that exist to serve the 1% in their effort to maximize shareholder wealth.
So here’s a word to drop this year, and forever:
Of course, we are all taxpayers, but we are, first and foremost, social citizens who invest in each other and in our communities. That’s the gift we give each other every time we pay our taxes. Group hug. [Source]
And to be honest, I LOVE paying taxes. They are how we buy things together as a society, many of which are human rights, like:
- clean water
- free education
- free healthcare
- reliable sewage systems
- swimming pools
- rec centres
- tennis courts
- electrical infrastructure
- the CPP, which today has been declared wildly solvent!
- massively subsidized post-secondary education
- mental health supports
- legal aid
- Quebec’s childcare plan
- cancer research
- community health clinics
- public art [even this]
- and so many more things…
What are you thankful for, which taxes provide?
And do you agree with Trish Hennessy, above, that we’re human beings and not “taxpayers”? Personally, I reject being minimized to an economic element.
And if you agree with Trish, do the group hug thing. It’s V-day after all! And click on that link above to see all the other words she thinks we can do with out, forever, starting this year!