[Crossposted from ONE Mass Weekly Newsletter by Harmony Blakeway – April 14, 2011]
We know that looking through local newspapers this time of year – with all of this talk about budget cuts caused by structural deficits – can get a bit overwhelming if not outright depressing. Add to that the chants of anti-government folks, and some days it's tempting to just tune out.
But wait! It's time that we have a little fun with taxes! Yep. Fun!
You and I know that there are critical things our government does that we couldn't do as individuals. But what does that look like to you?
Take five minutes today to participate in the National Opportunity to Learn Campaign's Thank Taxes project!
Need some inspiration?
Carmen Arce-Bowen, Project Director of ONE Massachusetts thanks taxes for the opportunity to ride safely in elevators!
Judy Meredith, Executive Director of the Public Policy Institute thanks taxes for the for the water and sewer commission!
Check out even more examples in this fabulous flickr pool of thank taxes photos!!
Okay. Now it's your turn.
Take back the word "taxes" for good.
Print off a sign, take a photo of what you're thankful for, and post it to the Campaign's facebook page, tweet it with the hashtag #thanktaxes (Confused about hashtags? See the examples above), or email it to us, and we'll do it for you!
Sorry about the broken links – they have been corrected!
p>Now let’s see what you thank taxes for!!
I’d like to be thankful that my government protects me from antibiotic-resistant bacteria (or, even better, ALL bacteria).
p>Sadly, such is not the case (emphasis mine):
p>If my taxes were used to, for example, stop meat producers from feeding antibiotics to meat to fatten them up (and simultaneously breeding resistant strains!), then this wouldn’t require nearly so much attention from the FDA. If my taxes were used to fund aggressive FDA inspections, then perhaps other government agencies would have the data needed to stop these dangerous practices.
p>As it is, my taxes are used to conduct pointless wars, raise the deficit, and make it that much easier for self-centered right wingers to advance their agenda of greed.