A friend forwarded this link to me. It is an article posted yesterday by James Tracy, Headmaster of Cushing Academy, entitled "The Joy of Tax." I think it is a nice reminder that part of the price of a strong society is our commitment to funding the government -- to provide essential services and to help those in need -- both of which functions our economic system is not designed to deliver. An excerpt:
Well, today is That Day, April 15th, and I seem to be the only person smiling. Leaving the post office after dropping off my tax payments, I have the same warm feeling I get when I leave WalMart after finding a good bargain. It is all the rage these days to rail against taxes and vilify government. Why doesn't this get through to me? My idea of a Tea Party is to pay my taxes gratefully then enjoy a cup of Earl Grey.
....Any human organization on such a scale is going to have corruption and inefficiencies, but, compared to the rest of the world, the American civil servants, overall, do a stellar job keeping us all safe, well, and provided with opportunities to better our lot. So I pay my taxes with a sense of patriotic pride, knowing that I am helping others as I have been helped and also that I continue to benefit.