Repost: Cognitive Dissonance (on Tax Day)

Posted by AzBlueMeanie:

'Don't tax you, don't tax me. Tax that fellow behind the tree.'

Or in its frequently revised form,

"Don't tax me, don't tax thee, tax that man behind the tree."


This quote from the late Sen. Russell B. Long (D-LA) is essentially the mantra of anti-tax conservatives.

It must result in some serious cognitive dissonance, i.e., the uncomfortable feeling of tension which comes from holding two conflicting thoughts in the mind at the same time. For example:

I want the best equipped and best trained policemen to protect me from "those other people" I unfortunately have to live with in this community;

    But I don't want to pay taxes for it.

I want the best equipped and best trained firefighters and emergency medical technicians at the ready to save my property or save my life at a moment's notice;

    But I don't want to pay taxes for it.

I want a court system that is staffed by highly trained professionals, and that is fast, efficient and renders justice;

    But I don't want to pay taxes for it.

I want to be assured that the prison system will keep those "really bad people" behind bars and that they will never escape so they can never threaten me or my family;

    But I don't want to pay taxes for it.

I want the best equipped and best trained teachers in my neighborhood public schools to provide my children with a top quality education;

    But I don't want to pay taxes for it.

I want my children to attend a prestigious state university that will prepare them with a world class education which will enable them to compete and to be successful in an ever-changing global economy;

    But I don't want to pay taxes for it.

I want to be certain that the water I drink is safe to drink, and the food I purchase is safe to eat;

    But I don't want to pay taxes for it.

I want to drive on roads that are smooth ribbons of asphalt free of defects, and that the traffic lights will always be green for me so that I never have to wait in traffic;

    But I don't want to pay taxes for it.

I want to enjoy recreation in the public parks, and the parks will always be clean and safe and accessible to me;

    But I don't want to pay taxes for it.

I want to have my cake and eat it too!

It is sometimes said that taxes are insurance against revolution. Actually, taxes are the membership fee to live in a civilized society with an orderly government. The alternative is chaos and anarchy.

0 responses to “Repost: Cognitive Dissonance (on Tax Day)

  1. AzBlueMeanine, I am no raving fan of democracy nor majoritarianism. I favor freedom and respect for individual rights.

    As for “the commons” and the “social contract” I’ll defer to you on the topic until I have had the opportunity to read up on those terms relative to Jefferson and Locke.

    I look out for myself, my family and my friends (and due to selfishness I also look out for others, that which helps me often will help others). Socialism (of fascism – same thing) via ever increasing taxes is a sure method by which to vest ever increasing power in the government bureaucracy to the detriment of my fellow residents of Arizona.

    If individuals and their rights are not the primary goal of Arizona government I wonder why the creators of Arizona’s Constitution included the following wording:

    “All political power is inherent in the people, and governments derive their just powers from the consent of the governed, and are established to protect and maintain individual rights.”

    Hardly a ringing endorsement of democratic marjoritarianism.

  2. AzBlueMeanie

    Your anti-democratic slip is showing. People do have a choice, a majority of people elect our leaders in democratic elections. The fact that someone like you is not elected is a public rejection of your decidedly minority view in favor of a majority view.

    A majority of the public favors public streets and public transportation paid for by their tax dollars – the public votes in favor of this all the time when given the choice. This long predates the rise of the political theory of “socialism” which you use as a pejorative slander.

    In America it was known as “the commons” and the “social contract” described by John Locke and Thomas Jefferson upon which this country was established. The colonists looked out for each other and the interests of the colonies. They would not have survived and flourished otherwise. They were not motivated by narcissistic self-interest and self-indulgence.

    You are not the center of the universe despite what you may believe.

  3. @AzBlueMeanie
    And what choice did any of them make if favor of public parks or government rules? If someone gets on a government transit bus are you saying they should give up their critique of excessive taxation? There is a difference between tolerance and support. I don’t get to choose not to travel on government streets, does that make me a socialist by choice or an unwilling socialist?

    Cognitive dissonance hey?

  4. AzBlueMeanie

    Tea baggers held their corporate lobbyist sponsored Astroturf events in – wait for it – public parks, paid for by tax dollars. They arrived at their destination by either driving on – wait for it – public roads, paid for by tax dollars, or taking public transportation, subsidized by tax dollars. Many of the tea baggers appeared to be elderly, so I will assume that they are receiving Social Security and Medicare, you know, that “socialism” they were were protesting about – I guess that makes them socialists too. And any veterans in the sparse crowds are entitled to receive VA medical care, a socialized medical care system.

    More cognitive dissonance.

  5. If Arizona or the Federal Government were really about this minarchism plus parks and public schools thing you say they are, I could say you weren’t being disingenuous. We don’t live in a State that could be described as minarchist.

  6. AzBlueMeanie

    So Dwight Leister is not at his Tea Party?

    One, you seriously need to take a reading comprehension course, and two, get some professional help you nut case.

  7. The taxes we currently pay are imposed to CONTROL your and my Freedoms not give us freedom Mr. Meanie.

    The Fair Tax takes away the Governments abilty to CONTROL you and me!

    Go to; to read about how it works.

    Let me get this straight Mr. Meanie; before President Wilson put in place the Federal Reserve and the Federal Income Tax we had “Chaos and Anarchy??!!”

    Arizona became a State in 1912 BEFORE the Federal Income Tax was imposed , and your trying to tell me Arizona joining the Union was an act of ” Chaos and Anarchy??!!

    If so maybe its Time Arizona went back to “Chaos and Anarchy!!”