Why are Americans (Republicans especially) so opposed to taxes?

The United States citizens pay the lowest taxes per percentage of income out of every industrialized, modern country in the world and yet we also poll as the most unhappy about it while European countries paying a much larger portion of their salaries in taxes are actually happier about it. In many countries it is tantamount to political suicide to even suggest lower taxes. Why is this? Because people in Europe and other modernized countries actually see their taxes at work. They have government paid health insurance, government subsidized higher education, infrastructure that is being constantly improved and modernized (the under-taking of that construction here would lead to millions of jobs across the nation as UNION laborers went to work building roads, highways, rails and more) , maternity programs that actually allow both the mother AND father to take time off from work (while being paid and having job security for up to a year, not the unpaid 12 weeks that we Americans have),welfare programs, security in retirement, and unemployment.... I could go on and on about the benefit of WISELY spent high taxes. Government's job is to provide and protect. How is it supposed to efficiently do that with empty pockets? If I had to pay higher taxes, but my schooling was more heavily subsidized and my health care was free, not only would feel happier and more secure, I also wouldn't miss too much of the upfront cash that I would have had with lower taxes. Why? The money I save by having lower taxes seems to come right out of my pocket towards those programs anyway. As far as those that would claim government bureaucracy and inefficiency, can you imagine the negotiating and buying power 300 million united people would have against the over-sized, over-paid, and over-subsidized corporations that we are all so upset with due to the U.S.'s current economic situation? Cost of prescriptions would plummet because the pharmaceutical corporations would no longer be able to artificially inflate the cost of medicine, many more of our children would have the ability to compete on a global scale due to the easier access to education we could empower them with, even our business's could benefit from a modern infrastructure designed to move consumer goods more efficiently across our country. For those of you who would imply that the government would not be responsible with the extra money, I agree. It wouldn't work with the system as it is in play now. Too many corporations and "big" businesses have influence among our government. However, the idea that politicians are all, at heart, morally corrupt and could not wisely spend that money are anti-American. Why? Because there are plenty of countries in the world (almost all of the modern, industrialized countries we recognize as successful) whose citizens pay high taxes and whose governments provide socialized benefits. So in essence what you are saying is that the American politician is more corrupt than say a French one or Russian politician perhaps. A recent quote seems to sum it up pretty appropriately. To paraphrase... The argument of small government vs. big government is, at this point, childish and pedantic. The real question should be, is the government working or not?

Asked By: wsdmskr825 - 1/25/2009
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Who, in his/her right mind LIKES paying taxes? WHO... More
Answered By: Bill O - 1/25/2009
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Income tax is slavery and I don't really care what other countries do. They LIKE slavery, I guess... More
Answered By: DAR - 1/25/2009
They think they are entitled to have all of the protections of the Government without paying the associated costs of running the country. In short, they are insane.
Answered By: Shoeless Joe - 1/25/2009
The unfortunate side of all of this is that politicians become the ones to make all of the decisions about your life. Many people under a socialized health care plan, for instance, are forced to wait for weeks or months to get medical attention that they often times need immediately... More
Answered By: Wanderer - 1/25/2009
Because people like money. It doesn't matter how selfish or illogical it is to expect the government to do an awesome job with no money, it's just the truth of human nature. Money equal power, and humans like power.
Answered By: livefreeordie - 1/25/2009
Because we pay for people who are 1. here illegally 2. are NOT paying taxes
Answered By: Samurai - 1/25/2009
They would rather have the money than a better society. Thing is that they don't really have the money, and they don't have the better society either. They have to spend so much on services, like health care, that after all is said and done, they would be way ahead by paying a few more percentage points on taxes.
Answered By: Lamplighter - 1/25/2009
Taxes slow the economy down. And decreasing taxes actually increases the amount of money the goverment collects. There are decades of charts that prove that is true... More
Answered By: a bush family member - 1/25/2009
Nice rant. Maybe because TAXES are why we started our own country over 200 years ago to begin with?
Answered By: Drew Bloodsd - 1/25/2009
Im not opposed to taxes. Im opposed to deadbeats not paying their fair share. The rich pay the majority already.
Answered By: Jonny B - 1/25/2009
I see another that knows nothing about our History.
Answered By: preacherswife - 1/25/2009
Your arguments are flawed and full of opinions. I know lots of people in Europe who are not happy about their socialized governments. They tell me about bribes to doctors just to get care, waiting in line for hours for gas and groceries, extraneous taxes at the local level, etc... More
Answered By: Nowanna Obama - 1/25/2009
People who support socialism just do it so they can have what everyone else has without having to do anything for it. Republicans know they should have what they earned and those who fail at life should have a poorer quality life.
Answered By: <3 - 1/25/2009
Because people don't like their hard earned money being handed over to multi-generation welfare bums who could but would not get a job and to s***s who have 6 children from 6 different fathers and abuse the system to feed their kids etc. When the money is spent well, people don't mind paying taxes.
Answered By: Momsey - 1/25/2009
Is that why Europe is doing so well in this crisis... More
Answered By: RJ ✡ - 1/25/2009
Where I most fervently disagree with you is when you say government's job is to provide and protect... More
Answered By: smartybeardo - 1/25/2009
Everyone would like to keep more of their money. The Republicans, as far as I can tell can't stand that their tax money is spent on programs they do not agree with. They have no problem with supporting wars or helping other countries, but cringe at the thought of their money going toward welfare for their own country... More
Answered By: grump56 - 1/25/2009
"Because people in Europe and other modernized countries actually see their taxes at work... More
Answered By: bmovies60 - 1/25/2009
All of their moralistic rhetoric and talk of voodoo/pseudo-supply-side/magical economics is merely a veneer for their greed (not necessarily a bad thing, unless it leads people/companies to profit at the expense of others). The hard right views the accumulation of wealth for its own sake as second-highest moral pursuit... More
Answered By: TylerFromNE - 1/25/2009
Ok, I have to admit that I didn't read that entire rant but the reason why Republicans tend to not like taxes is because taxes mean more government control. I worked for that money. The government should not then be able to take the money that I put my time and labor into and put it towards something irresponsible or... More
Answered By: greenjellybean - 1/25/2009
Well if you like it so much... More
Answered By: marine5 - 1/25/2009
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