I've had more than a few debates over taxation and theft. Paul over at SavetheHilliardSchools writes, "While it was great that our students got a temporary reprieve with the passing of the last levy ... " To make such a statement, Paul turns his back on the marginal resident, the likely elderly woman contemplating her ability to pay the new tax.
Paul's comment is nothing less than a modern version of the quote commonly attributed to Trotsky, "You can't make an omelet without breaking eggs." And Paul's levy is an omelet consuming many Hilliard eggs.
I challenged Paul to assist an eighty year-old woman living in Olentangy who will have to work an additional 140 hours next year just to pay Olentangy's new tax -- I asked Paul to give her a reprieve. Silence.
To be fair, Paul didn't vote for this tax. Though, given the chance, he likely would have done so. I wonder if he plans to assist the Ediths of his district. I wonder.
But this post is not just about Paul. It's also about those living in this district who stand to gain from Olentangy's new tax levy -- to gain at the expense of Edith. If taxation is for the public good (I disagree), can the public good stand Edith suffering additional hours on stiff knees?
To that: I challenge readers who supported the levy to help Edith (not her real name, of course) with her heating bills this Christmas. Remember, for her, the decision is heat or taxes. Send me an email and I'll let tell you how to get in touch with her.
At the very least, help one who stands to suffer for your gain.
note: Hey, Olentangy for Kids. Why not open your campaign war chest to those in need? It's your doing.