By HERB DAVIS, Guest Columnist
A tax-supported government program took the land from the natives and allowed the benefactors to sell some to me. I support our troops, not war.
My government assistance experience is as follows:
My family consisted of a World War II truck driver and his working spouse. Dad later became a Teamster’s Union truck driver. I was born in a metro hospital that was regulated by a government program, and at one point I got government provided food to help me flourish. I attended tax-supported schools (and a couple of Catholic schools), and I’m so old I didn’t get to ride the bus, but I wish there had been that government supported program then.
At one point, I enlisted in a government-supported program and received free travel benefits and free food, and I’m glad I didn’t have to die or get injured for the privilege. My first good job was as a peace officer in St. Paul, and the salary provided by the taxpayers made for a fairly decent lifestyle for a relatively uneducated lower class kid.
The government decided poor folks should get a public, higher education too, so I took out government-subsidized loans and degrees at a tax-supported college while I worked for the government full-time.
As life would have it, a government program (community colleges) was started in Minnesota to educate and train folks, and I found a job teaching there and continued to get a taxpayer-supported paycheck. I saved some for retirement (under two government supported retirement programs) and retired to an environmental lake in Todd County. Taxes are higher, but the view is good.
To get here I drove on the roads that my tax dollars helped provide a federal government program that created the interstate highways that allow many of us to work and shop in varying communities.
Of course, I wouldn’t have a safe and efficient vehicle if it wasn’t for the federal government bureaucrats that ensure product safety.
I would not have found a nice spot on a nice environmental lake if it wasn’t for the government program called the Department of Natural Resources (DNR), that stocks and regulates the fish I am able to catch.
The local banks and credit union are regulated by a government program and even though I think most are honest, I feel better knowing the government is watching out for me. (I couldn’t do an audit, but I am glad the government hires people that can).
Thankfully there are government-supported programs that fund local clinics and hospitals. And thanks to a couple of excellent surgeons who got their educations in government subsidized programs and who were paid for their services by government subsidized health care insurance, I am here and able to pay.
My taxes benefit the schools
for local children. I am so happy to be paying my property taxes, income taxes, sales taxes, etc. that I thought I’d mention many of the government programs that have helped me.
Until I came to Central Minnesota, I thought government was mostly good. Being white, male, straight and born before the baby boomers has meant a great deal.
Opportunities would probably have been totally different had I been different at birth. It seems most of the people around me support anti-government, anti-tax politicians, and I wonder why.
Herbert A. Davis is a resident of Sauk Centre.