Speaking of taxes as I was yesterday, I’d like to say that sometimes I gasp when I look at my paycheck stub and compare the gross pay with my actual take-home. Where does all that money go that is collected and given to the United States government?
But rather than complain, I want to list some of the benefits I derive from my taxes. After all, the authority of the government is a gift from God.
For these things I am thankful:
The public library. I frequent it quite often, enough that most of the staff at the front desk know me by first and last name. It could also be that I reserve books and movies on-line a lot. I find something I want at the library, put a hold on it through the website, and the staff pulls it and has it waiting for me. What could be better?
The Fire Department. I am personally acquainted with two firemen, Dustin and Steven, and they are two of the nicest and most efficient guys anyone could know. If I have a fire or an emergency of any kind, I would feel so much better if either of them were on the job to help.
The Police. Though I’ve been stopped for speeding twice in my life and was not happy about it at the time, I am still so grateful there are men and women who risk their lives to keep me and my family safe every day.
Medical care for children. There are many who don’t earn enough to pay for medical insurance for their families. My taxes help to ensure that children have the medical attention they need without creating a financial hardship on lower income families.
Well, that’s my five minutes for this Friday.
This post is part of Five Minute Friday on The Gypsy Mama. Would you like to join us?
If you care to leave a comment, I will be thankful to hear from you.