Taxes Make Me Free

A friend had a customer say this to him about why she votes for the Democratic Party. She came from a nationalist country Venezuela. A country with no taxes where everything is nationalized; you don't have freedoms. "When we came here to the states we were glad to pay taxes because that's what keeps us free."  In other words our taxes help promote our freedoms because the government doesn't have the control over us like a nationalists country does.

If you are confused by her statement you are not along. But in order to answer her, we have to understand that she is emotionally attached to paying taxes. It seems in her mind that taxes help pay for things like Medicare, Medicaid, and social services. Since she pays with her own money, she seemingly has a say in how it gets disbursed.

One key to this story is that this woman is Jewish. It is a significant fact because many Jews feel an obligation to the poor and needy. The American social net is viewed as a wonderful thing. Since the Government reaches more people, it is able to make sure that no one across this giant country goes hungry, in theory.

When she hears that Republicans hate taxes, she equates that with hating poor people. There is some truth the that comparison. Since she views taxes as a way to help. I am willing to venture a guess that many voters view taxes in this way. Their taxes fund the social net of society and are dubious to cut taxes because they don't want to hurt poor people.

Republican's need to heed this lesson. I think that the majority of Americans like the idea of taking care of the poor and needy. The party must make sure that instead of talking about how bad taxes are, they should talk about better ways to help the poor and needy. One example is spending money with non profits who are in the poor communities and can reach people better than a big government program.

I am curious to hear other peoples opinions on the statement that "taxes keep me free" idea. In order to present coherent policy, one must understand the emotion as to why people vote and act the way they do.