Taxes too high? They provided him many benefits

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.

  • J. SKI

    ” 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.”…would that have been “military service”? Apparently, you are too ashamed to have served?
    Is that the reason you got the job as “peace officer”?
    I’m so happy that you’re so happy about paying taxes. Apparently, you don’t work anymore but you seem to have enough money to stand around on Little Falls street corners protesting, or what your group calls “raising awareness”. Actually, your group is nothing more than a “roadside distraction”…kind of like a “circus” on a sidewalk.

  • newpolitiq7

    “It seems most of the people around me support anti-government, anti-tax politicians, and I wonder why.” Have you ever listened to some of the folks who call in to rant on the KLTF local talk radio show called “Up Front”? Pretty hilarious, actually. Lots of hypocrisy out there. It often boils down to “cut gov’t. programs for ‘the other guy’, but keep your gubmint hands off my Medicare” kind of nonsense. Mr. Davis, you’ll enjoy Matt Taibbi’s article about the hypocrisy of Tea Party et al.: http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/matt-taibbi-on-the-tea-party-20100928

  • Hugh Jorgahn

    I am so happy that so many people get so many things for free. I hope someday that after I am done helping pay for your free stuff, that I get some free stuff too… but that won’t happen because I despise theft, and refuse to ever be a thief. Is this a concept you, Herb, maybe need to contemplate a little bit more? Ahhh,……. nevermind……. it would be hard to do any research while you are standing on a street corner, in a small town in central Minnesota, with a crayon drawing on a piece of cardboard.