Be grateful for the government

As I read right-wing radicals ranting about their tax money going to help other people, it makes me wonder if they have ever sat back and thought about how their life and livelihood depended upon and continues to depend upon other people's tax money. I for one have realized this and have never complained about paying taxes.

Let's take a hypothetical person:

This person attends public elementary and secondary schools. Let's say this person decides to go into the military after graduation. He receives pay and training plus three hots and a cot. If he decides to make it a career, he receives allotments for his wife and family and also an allotment for off-base housing. If he decides to continue his education, most of it is paid for by the government. If he retires from the military, he receives a generous retirement plus VA benefits.

Let's say that while still in his early forties, he uses his military training to obtain a job in the private sector. If this job happens to be at an airline, it depends on a government-provided airport. This airport is purchased, built, and maintained by the government. It's security and fire protections are provided by the government. Airport and Air Route Control are provided by the government.

And let's not forget that this hypothetical person depends upon highway and road systems provided and maintained by the government to get to and from work.

All of the above is paid for by other people's tax money. Some people should think before they complain and instead give thanks for being supported by the taxpayer. I'm grateful for what my government has done for me; others should be grateful also.

Dennis Thompson 

Newnan



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