New marching orders

Letter to the editor

Posted: Monday, November 15, 2004

The new mandate for President Bush has made me finally re-examine my liberal beliefs. I'm big enough to admit when I've been wrong and I'm trying to amend my muddleheaded, lefty ways. History begins today.

First off, I think we ought to get rid of most taxes starting with paying salaries to our congressmen and legislators. Private industry should pay their wages and continue to dictate their actions. That way more people would get what they pay for.

Though, according to some historians (probably liberals), the free market didn't work very well in the late 19th century except for creating massive wealth for folks like Jay Gould, J.P. Morgan, and John D. Rockefeller, I'm willing to try it again since my faith in my fellow man has been born-again. I'm sure now that no government regulation will allow business to do right by everyone and create a better, fairer society, if that's what we want.

Taxes are a social evil and make the weak weaker and punish the strong. You got a kid that needs schooling, have him or her pay their own way. It would be the best lesson for them. Or, if you're so inclined, you pay for them without the tax crutch. That way the kids will know how important you think education is and it will improve your family values by making you help them with their homework.

I'll say the same for roads, hospitals, libraries, cops, firemen, and Eaglecrest. Let them who use them pay the tab. I live downtown so I don't need to use the roads much, so why should I have to pay for them? I can also get my own generator for electricity, guns for crime control, and collect rain water from the roof. Sewage? Well, that'll be my downhill neighbor's problem. It's not my fault we live uphill.

But don't get me wrong. I do believe in paying taxes for the military, as much as they want. You see, evil doers hate us because we're good, and the more we cut taxes the gooder we're going to get. So we'll have more enemies and we'll need a bigger army to kick the evil doers' butts. You with me?

Lisle Hebert

Juneau



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