Taxes Won’t Buy Passion

Every time you turn around, they think up a new tax for us to pay.  Sometimes, the tax is enacted to get us out of a jam–but then, when the crisis is over, the tax is never repealed.  Most of us know that once they’ve found a way to grab more of our money, they’re never gonna give it back.  They’ll just find new things to spend it on, think up new reasons to tax us for the next crisis, and never even try to become more efficient.

In the US, we’re taxed locally, federally, and by our states.  We’re taxed on our incomes, on the things we buy, the services we receive, and often on the real estate we own.  Money is withheld from our paychecks, tacked on to the prices of goods we buy, and subtly included in the totals on our utility bills.  It sucks.  And it doesn’t buy us a lot for what it costs us.  I know.  I’m a super bargain-hunting coupon-clipping shopper.  I know a good deal when I see one.  Believe me when I tell you…we’re getting the shaft.

FEMA handed out millions of dollars allocated to misplaced Hurrican Katrina victims to scammers, while many true victims were left to fend for themselves.  Jaycee Dugard, the young girl kidnapped by a known pedophile and abused for 18 years, was further victimized by the “Keystone Kops” who could have saved her from years of torture had they followed up on leads and done some simple police investigation.  Are these workers lazy?  Inept?  Are they just there for the paycheck, not really having any passion for the jobs they do?  Maybe they’re overextended–but Lord knows, it’s not because we’re not throwing enough cash out there!

Here in my neck of the woods, there is a man with a passion for reuniting stolen children with their custodial parent.  He performs a valuable public service that complements law enforcement and missing children agencies.  And, despite the fact that he does not have taxpayer dollars being thrown his way, he has been successful.  He doesn’t charge for his services, either.  He relies mostly on donations, and volunteers include some of the grateful parents of recovered children.

Although Mark Miller has spent many hours on a lean budget bringing home children from all over the country, and sometimes even outside the country, he is in a court battle to have his charitable organization, American Association for Lost Children, Inc., exempt from property taxes.  This past summer, Commonwealth Court upheld a county ruling that the association should pay property taxes because it did not establish that it “relieved the government of some of its burden.”

Hmmm.  It seems to me he’s performing a huge public service, freeing up time and resources that many law enforcement agencies would have to spend looking for these children.  Even the local District Attorney and Sheriff sent affidavits stating that an organization like this does reduce the government’s burden.  But when the taxman needs that fix, there is no logic involved.  Just keep on sending that money.  They’ll find a way to waste it.

*Article from 10/18/09 issue of Greensburg Tribune-Review provided facts and inspiration for this post.

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13 Responses to “Taxes Won’t Buy Passion”


  1. 1 Chris October 20, 2009 at 4:35 am

    I think the issue is,
    1) They want him to keep paying taxes because he’s clearly not passing his savings on to the right people.
    2)He’s actually providing -too much- of a service and politicians are afraid people will realize that government isn’t all that useful for solving the world’s ailments.

  2. 3 Cyndi October 20, 2009 at 7:26 am

    OMG! This really pisses me off. I don’t know why this kind of bullshit continues to shock me, but it does. What a great guy he sounds like and he is definitely providing an extremely valuable public service. I’m sure the parents and children he has reunited agree. And really, his few thousand dollars in annual property taxes certainly isn’t going to cut into anyone’s pension. They always find a way to pay those, no matter what.

    • 4 les@mamaneeds2rant October 20, 2009 at 9:43 am

      What’s even more aggravating is that some of the guys out there who really owe BIG bucks in taxes, umm like Congressman Charlie Rangel, who of course knows the right people, can get out of paying HIS income taxes for years. Just doesn’t do it. And unlike my dad who made an honest mistake calculating his interest income, Rangel gets off scott free–no penalties, late fees, or interest. The rest of us would be in jail. GRRR!

  3. 5 Consuella Banana Hammock October 20, 2009 at 8:24 am

    next thing you know they will be taxing bloggers. can you imagine? in france they had a tv tax you had to pay every year. yep, just because you owned a tv you had to pay a couple of hundred a year. there are so many ways we can yet be taxed!

    • 6 les@mamaneeds2rant October 20, 2009 at 9:46 am

      Well, Consuella, it IS a fact that right now they are looking to control content on the internet. I suppose taxing bloggers who write things they don’t like will get hit with higher taxes if they decide to tax us…my blogging days may be numbered…lol. TV taxes? Don’t give them any ideas! About all that will be left to tax is the air we breathe!

  4. 7 evenshine October 20, 2009 at 10:56 am

    Well, SOMEONE’s gotta pay for President McDreamy’s trillion-dollar defecit…why not the disenfranchised?? Time to move to Nauru.

  5. 8 Tammy October 20, 2009 at 4:00 pm

    The system is clearly not working for the good guys.

  6. 9 robinaltman October 20, 2009 at 8:03 pm

    That is beyond ridiculous. I feel ill. Of course, it might be that second portion of pasta I just ate. . .

  7. 10 Dawn October 20, 2009 at 9:52 pm

    My 24 year old son and I are learning to shoot guns and the other day he tells me we should become bounty hunters. My nervous laughter got in the way of his brilliant idea and I tried to forget what he said. And now, I just want him to read your post and follow the bread crumbs.

    This cool individual who does this fabulous thing and I think “Wow!” … NOW there’s a charity and a COOL person worthy of TONS of publicity and love.

    Are State and Federal employees just there for the paycheck? It does appear this way. Thank goodness for the ingenuity of private citizens passionate about life.

    So nice.

    • 11 les@mamaneeds2rant October 21, 2009 at 12:04 am

      Yes. Thank goodness for our independent thinkers, our enterprising doers, and our brave entrepreneurs. God help us if we all become part of the “collective.” The system needs to start working for the good guys and the givers of the world; if they give up, we’ll only be left with the bad guys and the takers.

    • 12 les@mamaneeds2rant October 21, 2009 at 12:07 am

      Oh, and Dawn–cool thing that you and your awesome son are learning to shoot guns together! Maybe when you get good with that thing, the bounty hunter gig will sound more plausible. 😉

  8. 13 Dawn October 21, 2009 at 1:05 am

    My intuition and aim tells me I may be onto something … now, if I really want to be and do this? Choosing sides is so easy 🙂


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