Saturday, July 7, 2012

Citizens vs Taxpayers

A Citizen: "A person owing loyalty to and entitled by birth or naturalization to the protection of a state or nation."

A Taxpayer: "Someone who pays taxes" and/or "a person who pays money for something"

When was the last time you heard your government call you a citizen?  I don't care if you're Canadian or American or from Kyrgyzstan.  When was the last time you heard that your government is making cuts to a programme so that it benefits and continues to protect you, just because as a citizen, you are entitled to it?

No, you know what we hear?  We hear, the government is making cuts to help out the "taxpayers".

The taxpayers are hurting.

The taxpayers need relief from the big bad government.

The taxpayers don't want to pay for any service they don't use.

The taxpayers need a break too.

Shit, if that's the case, I should be able to make my own "Decision" and be a taxpayer in any country of the world I choose.  If you don't like the service you pay for with one cellphone company, you switch, right?  If my government only sees me as a taxpayer, why not jump ship and go somewhere else?  What's loyalty and patriotism got to do with any of it if my government only sees me as: a) a drain on the system; and b) a resource to be taxed?

So do you feel like you should owe loyalty to a country that doesn't even consider you a citizen?  That really and truly, your loyalty only goes as far as what you can pay?

Since when did we throw back to the time of feudalism?  And what the hell happened to this democracy thing us taxpayers are paying our feudal lords - governments - to enforce overseas?

1 comment:

  1. agreed. i never thought it out htat far but my argument rather is that they call us taxpayers to remove the thought in peoples minds that they are sovereign unto themselves and deserving of rights guaranteed to citizens. Rather they force people to slowly identify as Consumer and Taxpayer - which is all they want out of us. Sound off!