Friday, February 27, 2009

Suck It Up, Jonah

Jonah Goldberg objects to the stimulus package — big surprise.

I just don’t want to pay for it. It’s not that I don’t want government to do nice things for deserving people in certain circumstances. It’s not necessarily that I’m hostile to this group of beneficiaries or that (though I am in fact hostile to some). It’s that I think most of Obama’s ideas will not work, will be a waste of money and will hurt the economy. And, flatly, I don’t want to pay for it. I don’t want to break the law. I don’t want pull a Geithner or a Daschle or anything like that. But I don’t want to pay for it. I will look for every means within the boundaries of the law to minimize what I pay in taxes and I make no apologies for that whatsoever.

Well, you know what, Jonah; life’s rough. As a Quaker, I didn’t want to pay taxes to support the war in Iraq, and as a gay man, I resent supporting the policy of Don’t Ask/Don’t Tell in the military with my queer dollars. As a supporter of a woman’s right to choose, I didn’t want my tax dollars to go to the Bush administration’s gag orders about reproductive choice as a qualification for providing health care to women in Africa, nor did I enjoy paying my taxes for any of the other stuff you so heartily endorsed during the Bush years.

But the 1040 form doesn’t come with check boxes. And besides, one of the responsibilities we have as citizens is to pay for what we have whether we like it or not. If you don’t like it, you vote someone else into office. And listening to you whine like an ill-mannered six year old doesn’t make your case for putting your kind of people back into power.

HT to Steve and Boatboy.