Here’s the fundamental flaw in Republican thinking: when US citizens are taxed on average of 40% (federal, state, local, usage, & sales taxes) over their entire lives, we actually expect something back for all that money. We want to know that we can get some of that money back if we lose a job or become very ill. We don’t want to have to ask our neighbors or our churches for financial help, as those groups are rarely in a position to provide substantial help for any meaningful period of time. Plus, we’re proud and private people and don’t want to admit our shortcomings to those groups or be a burden to them. Of course we do not want government that’s too big or that’s inefficient, but we do not want no government at all; we do want government services if we need them. And there is NOTHING shameful, selfish, or morally wrong with that.

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