Taxes Are Not the Civic Duty We Claim Them To Be

CNN reports that 8-in-10 Trump backers say paying taxes is ‘civic duty’.

Is it really? It’s certainly not the way we act as a country.

If it’s a civic duty to pay taxes, why do we create so many loopholes for the “rich” to get out of paying them? What about their fair share?

If it’s a civic duty to pay taxes, why do we create exemptions for the “poor” to get out of paying them? Are they not citizens?

If it’s a civic duty to pay taxes, remove all the loopholes and exemptions people use to get out of paying taxes. Make them pay their fair share, and when I say fair, I mean the definition of fair that we all learned when we were children. Everyone pays the same thing; the same rate. Regardless of who you are. In the eyes of the government, there should be no rich or poor, and there should be no loopholes or exemptions. That’s the only way to ensure all people pay their fair share, especially if you think it’s their civic duty.

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J. Alan Doak

J. Alan Doak is a blogger, reader, writer, news junkie, and student of the Bible. He is married and has three grown children. He holds a bachelor's degree in Pastoral Studies, and has blogged sporadically at this website, Reflection on Plumb, over several years.

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