19 September 2012

The 100%

I am the 53%. I pay federal income tax. I also pay state income tax, property & school tax, FICA tax, and sales tax, not to mention hidden taxes like that on gasoline.

And I am the 47%, because I depend on government.

Today, I drove on a public road. I took two forms of public transportation to get to my job – a commuter rail line, and the NYC subway. I work for a tax exempt not-for-profit organization – we don’t pay any income taxes, but we work in the public good and when we have a good year and don’t incur a deficit, our surpluses do not accrue to the benefit of any individual. My child rides back and forth to her public school on a school bus. Last month, when she broke her arm, we took her to the emergency room at the local non-profit hospital. The yogurt I ate for breakfast was made in a plant that’s inspected by the government. My bank account is guaranteed by the FDIC. The mammogram I had last night was covered by my insurance – with no co-pay – because of the Affordable Care Act.

I believe that food should be safe, health care should be available to all, and roads should be maintained. I believe in the National Endowment for the Arts, and Acadia National Park, and National Public Radio. I appreciate the work that NOAA and the FAA and the NTSB do, and I mail letters and packages and postcards through the Postal Service all the time. Above all, I believe in the social compact.

I guess this makes me 100% in support of President Obama.

18 comments:

Anonymous said...

Truly excellent. Post it to FB and it will go viral.

Swistle said...

LIKE

jo(e) said...

Exactly.

readersguide said...

Apparently this makes you a socialist. In which case, we should all be socialists.

Mental P Mama said...

What Anonymous said...

Anjali said...

This is such a simple concept. I just don't understand why people don't get it.

Go Obama!

Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

You and me both.

Rima said...

Hear, hear! And also, "like."

mayberry said...

Me too!

Anonymous said...

You have clearly missed the point.

Varda said...

Preach it sistah! I'm in the 100% with you!

I have a friend who has been saying that all those Tea Party Republicans who believe government should minimize and disappear are welcome to relocate to a lovely country without a functioning government - like Somalia. Bon voyage and good riddance!

MDTaz said...

Well said. Too many people take for granted what our tax dollars do for us.

Kizz said...

So say we all.

Anonymous said...

Are you also for a President who assisted in the overthrow of a regime in Libya but not in Syria where so many more are being murdered? Are you for a President who has the Muslim Brotherhood in the front row of his Cairo speech----the same group that oppresses our sisters in all the countries where it holds any sway or power? Are you also for the President who sends funds to other countries to build oil platforms off their coastlines in Latin America but refused to allow drilling in our Gulf where it had been allowed? Are you for a President whose drone attacks killed #2 and who was warned about the attack on Chris Stevens in Libya as retribution and who insists it was due to a video. Our President sees our whole country as the 1 % and that our power as a nation should be disbursed to the world.
Of course government should cover certain things. Romney is not against roads and hospitals or not for profits.

City Twins Chicago said...

Right on!

Catherine said...

Well said!

Cheri @ Blog This Mom!® said...

So well said.

leanne said...

Me, too!