What Taxes Go For

All right, his has got to stop, liberals. You just sound so stupid every time you say it.

Here is the latest “amusement” from the Left about those dumb “teabaggers”, via Unreal Americans. It juxtaposes anti-tax signs with things supposedly funded by taxes that the protesters are enjoying.


Heh heh. Those dumb tea baggers! They’re protesting against streets and electricity!

This is the poor man’s version of Elizabeth Warren’s dumb rant. And I’ll just repeat what I said in the comments to that post:

The other thing I failed to note is that she talks about education, roads, police. Very few people have problems paying for that. But that only accounts for a fraction of government spending.

Here’s what she should have gone on to say:

“All that money that was flushed down the toilet with Solyndra and other green boondoggles? You paid for that! Our huge welfare state? You paid for that! Our bloated education system that spends the most in the world while educating the least? You paid for that! $150 million a year paid to dead federal employees? You paid for that! Corn ethanol that fouls the Earth while not providing energy? You paid for that! Farm subsidies, fuel subsidies, unnecessary second engines for fighters? You paid for all of it!”

The last graph on this page shows a breakdown of federal spending. You’ll notice that none of things labelled in that clever picture even show up. Electricity and power lines are paid for by consumers. To the extent government contributes, it’s with subsidies that Tea Partiers (and liberals) generally oppose. Traffic lights, local roads, street signs and sidewalks are mostly funded locally and to the extent they are federally funded, shouldn’t be. Even for local and state government, infrastructure is a small fraction of what they spend.

Now if you want to ding these guys for supporting defense spending, Social Security and Medicare — which accounts for the majority of government spending, feel free. But you have to acknowledge that the bulk of government is not on roads and schools or even science or green energy, but transfer payments and government programs that have big ambitions and small results.

You know what we should post in response? A picture of liberals calling for tax increases with lots of business in the background that would get hammered by them. Or a picture of the Wall Street protesters on their iphones and droids, the products of evil American business.

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  1. Poosh

    That entire little picture refutes the attack on the tea-party, it just shows how thick these scumbags are, who are attacking the tea-party. One of the signs clearly reads “cut taxes not defence” which implies first their are different opinions within this group, and secondly, some of these protesters are happy to pay for some things which is funded by tax-money. It really baffles me how even the authors didn’t realise how fucking stupid their attacks are.

    The woman with the “zero tax” sign doesn’t help however. Because the tea party is so organic and free from political control it has a big issue with quality control.

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  2. Miguelito

    The woman with the “zero tax” sign doesn’t help however. Because the tea party is so organic and free from political control it has a big issue with quality control.

    No, you’re wrong.. they’re all RAAAAACISTS!

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  3. TxAg94

    Traffic lights, local roads, street signs and sidewalks are mostly funded locally and to the extent they are federally funded, shouldn’t be.

    Just to split hairs. A goodly portion of these are federally funded but the money comes from fuel taxes. SO it is consumer-funded, just administered by the feds. Often times that money is spent through local governments who pay a small share. In reality it’s a decent system and insures some measure of continuity across the country.

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