Still torn….maybe even more so

Posted: April 19, 2011 in Uncategorized
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So taxes were due the other day. It’s a mystery to me why so many people wait until the last minute. I understand if you owe the government money you would want to hold on to it as long as possible before sending it off to them. Considering the government doesn’t pay interest to those who get a refund I think you should hold on to your payment until the last day. That doesn’t mean you have to wait to fill out the paperwork until then. I do my taxes early in the year, usually within two weeks of getting my W2 in the mail. I got a refund this year, but when I owed taxes in the past this gives me two months to save up to pay Uncle Sam.
I was reading over my last post about the government paying for health care and schooling for everyone. I did a little research on the national debt. It is a little over 14 trillion dollars currently, and growing every day. The words 14 trillion sound like a lot, because it most certainly is, but it is really hard to fathom just how much 14 trillion dollars is. So I took the population from the 2010 census, nearly 309 million people. Divide the national debt by 309,000,000 and you come up with approximately $45,300 for every man, woman and child in the United States. Holy crap that is alot of debt.
So now I am torn again. Should the government be providing health care and schooling for everyone when we are already strapped? I guess I think we should. Yes, we should pay down our debt and stop racking it up, but we should still take care of our middle class too. In all reality I pay over $300 a month for insurance anyway, so if taxes went up by $3600 a year I would still be ahead because I wouldn’t have to try to pay to put my son through school. This may all sound selfish, and it is, but by me getting what I want a very large number of people in this country would also be helped out tremendously. Yes, the government would have another way into our lives and yes people would probably overuse some services if they were free, but for a large portion of our population these things are free already. So I am still stickin with my socialistic feelings on this one…but that’s only because I’m not rich, lol.

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