On The Horns Of A Dilemma

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Editor:

Almost all of us want better schools, safer roads, improved health care, secure prisons, a strong safety net for those in need, and even a more intelligent and responsive state government. An almost equal amount of us don’t want to pay any additional taxes to achieve any of these worthy goals. We are on the horns of a dilemma!

Additional and/or improved services cost money.

Will we as a state stagnate, inch forward, or take gigantic steps forward to become one of the truly outstanding places for people to live, for families to prosper, and for quality of life issues to flourish?

Many of us that are proud to be in Arizona, hope that our second 100 years as a state are even more productive and successful than our first 100.

Where will the needed revenue come from for us to exceed our basic needs? Taxpayers and lawmakers need to open their economic eyes and realize that there is no free lunch and that we do indeed receive the services we pay for, be they exceptional or ordinary.

A positive increase in our quality of life will necessitate an increase of our revenue. Will we be brave and attempt to lead other states in quality of life issues or will we remain timid and stay in back of the pack?

Stay tuned as we face off against the horns of a dilemma.

Richard K. Meszar

Comments

Donald Cline 1 year, 7 months ago

It is only a dilemma, Richard, if you expect government to supply all these things. There is no increase in taxation if government supplies those things it is Constitutionally-authorized to supply, and doesn't illegally rob the people blind trying to do things government is not authorized to do. Where, for example, is government authorized to offer "better schools, safer roads, improved health care, secure prisons, a strong safety net for those in need, and even a more intelligent and responsive state government"? Better schools can be supplied by State governments if the federal government would butt out, and all the statistics reveal that the best schools are home schools and private, especially Christian private, schools. No justification for government to throw taxpayer money at that problem. "Safer roads"? How about safer drivers, who are required to prove competency in operating a dangerous piece of machinery at public risk, rather than merely being able to herd the thing down the road without ricocheting off of freeway barriers? (I'm a retired driving instructor; I know whereof I speak.) "Improved health care"? What business is that of government? The free market can offer excellent health care if the federal government will get its tentacles out of it and stop trying to force the market to provide charity. Charity is a good thing, and should be provided by charitable organizations, such as churches: It is criminal to tax the people to pay for charity. Of course, depending on churches for charity would probably require a certain level of moral turpitude on the part of the needy, wouldn't it? My, what a concept. "Secure prisons"? That is a government obligation, to be sure, but you might consider the cost savings if America didn't incarcerate a higher percentage of citizens than any other nation in the world, and didn't pass laws for no purpose other than to make felons out of its citizens and thereby impose authority upon liberty. "Strong safety net for those in need"? Don't you think YOU should decide for yourself who deserves your charity, and allow others to do the same? Why do you think nanny government has to be all things to all people? Remember, a government powerful enough to provide all you need is powerful enough to take everything you have. Government's duty is to protect your right to live your life as you wish, not wrap you in cotton batting and save you from your poor life choices. "A more intelligent and responsive (S)tate government"? Intelligent? You are asking an awfully lot. Responsive? What are you looking for, a government or a wetnurse? Liberty requires personal responsibility and accountability for your own decisions; why do you expect taxpayers to be responsible for you?

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