We’ve all heard, reheard, and heard again that famous JFK quote, “Ask not what your country can do for you–ask what you can do for your country,” right? Well, it seems like we’re all for quoting it, but not for putting it in action.
Given my job, I hear a lot of whining about taxes. The most common complaints is that the government just isn’t giving them enough money: whether they should have gotten more in the stimulus payment last year (one suggested $6,000 instead of $600), more back in their tax refund, tax breaks for veterinary bills (you’d be surprised how many times I’m asked about this one), or just another stimulus check.
I’m all for getting people the credits on their taxes that they deserve and the laws allow, but it seems like all people are interested in how they can benefit from the government. Isn’t that what all the congressional pork is about, getting the constituent what they want, not caring about if it is in the interest of the country as a whole?
I can’t say that I’m entirely innocent on this issue, but it does disgust me. I think the seagulls in Finding Nemo said it best when they said, “Mine! Mine! Mine!”