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Your personal federal tax dollars

Posted Thursday, March 6, 2008, at 3:32 PM

If you could earmark one thing the federal tax dollars you pay in must go toward, what would be your choice?

And going to yourself doesn't count.

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National Security

-- Posted by Sharon22 on Thu, Mar 6, 2008, at 3:34 PM

homeless and eldery care

-- Posted by Dianatn on Thu, Mar 6, 2008, at 3:52 PM

Mental Health Care for our veterans or just plain health care for our veterans young and old.

-- Posted by countrymom on Thu, Mar 6, 2008, at 4:04 PM


-- Posted by stevemills on Thu, Mar 6, 2008, at 4:13 PM

ditto, Education

Yeah, I know I teach, but $100 for classroom supplies for a year doesn't go very far. I get about another $500 for expendables, but I teach science and that's about enough for 10 or 12 cheap experiments. Thank goodness I have a principal who will buy what I need.

-- Posted by Jacks4me on Thu, Mar 6, 2008, at 4:45 PM

Innovative Alternative Energy

-- Posted by darrick_04 on Thu, Mar 6, 2008, at 6:47 PM

National defense/security. It's one of the few charges the federal government actually has in the constitution. And without it, everything else is pretty irrelevant.

-- Posted by Tim Baker on Thu, Mar 6, 2008, at 8:53 PM

And it is supposed to be carried out legally.

-- Posted by darrick_04 on Thu, Mar 6, 2008, at 9:11 PM

I'm hurt darrick. It took you 19 minutes to post a response. What could possibly be more impotant than my post especially when I toss you a softball like that?


-- Posted by Tim Baker on Thu, Mar 6, 2008, at 9:22 PM

Nothing more ironic than me posting it at "9/11" huh?

-- Posted by darrick_04 on Thu, Mar 6, 2008, at 9:25 PM

College assistance, for those who can't afford higher education, but who's grades and experience, deem it worthy.

-- Posted by jesuslovesevery1 on Thu, Mar 6, 2008, at 11:41 PM


-- Posted by JenniferC on Fri, Mar 7, 2008, at 1:05 AM

LOL!@ Doc Tim & darrick!

I must ditto what darrick posted about innovative alternative energy, as I have written several posts on other blogs stating the same thing.

-- Posted by HorseGentler on Fri, Mar 7, 2008, at 7:48 AM

Health care

-- Posted by bettyhbrown on Fri, Mar 7, 2008, at 10:36 AM

Education and health.

With those,we can achieve just about all we'd wish.

Without them,we'd need no outside enemy,criminal element or natural disaster to defeat us.

A nation (relying on wisdom more than intelligence) that is sound in body and spirit can sustain its freedom,increase its safety and maximize its resources by bolstering its own strength instead of looking to identify foes and exploit their weakness.

The world has had a bad habit of turning self-preservation and social justice into excuses for aggression,greed and paranoia.

That hasn't happened as much when the people were well-fed,well-read and living in a functional environment at home.

If we can nurture a smarter,healthier society,we'll become fairer, more creative,more efficient and shrewder about dealing with all the issues that confront us.

That makes healthcare and education prerequisites for these other goals -not alternatives.

The federal government can limit itself to those functions the states could not well handle alone (either as overseer or agent of the states) but it needs to make sure that all necessary services are provided.

Otherwise,the monies spent don't achieve us anything.

-- Posted by quantumcat on Fri, Mar 7, 2008, at 11:51 AM

To help keep industry in the U.S.A.

-- Posted by tn.moonshiner on Fri, Mar 7, 2008, at 6:20 PM

The estimated population of the United States is 303,582,187 so each citizen's share of this debt is $30,954.09. The National Debt has continued to increase an average of $1.70 billion per day since September 29, 2006!

So... I think if we have tax dollars left over, we should start paying off the debt. After all, why do we expect the government to help us with our debts, when they can't even help themselves? If we stop borrowing $3 billion a day from China and Japan, and actually prove that our dollar is strong, we'll see prosperity for the PEOPLE continue and perhaps tone down the inflated profits of undeserving corporations.

-- Posted by darrick_04 on Fri, Mar 7, 2008, at 9:41 PM

The first thing we should do is stop making our problems worse.

Then,get serious about erasing that debt.

After that?

Well,there was a t-shirt that said something about having bake sales to pay for our wars.

William Proxmire may not have been perfect in determining the amount of pork our country was paying for but we might do well to have a few people insuring that what we give to our government is wisely and ethically invested.

We need to erase the idea that this generation is short-sighted and self-indulgent.

We will not squander what our predecessors earned nor will we use up our children's wealth before they are born.

We'll rediscover our courage,our resourcefullness and our sense of accountability.

We'll correct our current problems on the way to a better future.

Then,we'll make sure no one reverses all the progress we made.

If we become poor,our poverty won't be linked so much to a gold or silver standard or other economic issues.

It will be because we lost heart and sacrificed our integrity and common sense.

-- Posted by quantumcat on Sat, Mar 8, 2008, at 4:08 AM

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Bo Melson is a retired sports and police beat editor of the Times-Gazette. He passed away November 15, 2014, at age 81.
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