Letter to the Register Guard, December 29, 2015
by ROBERT GRANGER, Eugene
In her Dec. 23 letter, Marcia Mac-Laine called government-provided services “goodies” and indicated she believes taxing to provide them is stealing from taxpayers and charities should be providing such services instead.
From that perspective, fire, police, highways and other government services should also be provided by charities. Charity-minded people could then donate instead of having their money “stolen” by government.
Fortunately, the world we live in is one in which most people care about one another. For that reason, our wise ancestors created a system to ensure that everyone’s basic needs are taken care of in an efficient and effective manner — through taxation.
Because of taxation, all of us are protected by the police, not just those who can afford it. We all drive on the same roads and highways, not just the rich. And if your house catches fire, you don’t have to prove you can afford it to have the fire department come put it out.
Sadly, unlike government services, access to basic health care in our country is accessible only to those who can afford to pay insurance premiums, co-pays and deductibles. That’s why Health Care for All Oregon, hcao.org, is striving to bring about more cost-effective, universal health care for all, with no co-pays or deductibles.
Paying taxes to meet the basic needs of MacLaine and others is a joyful privilege for me. I wish it could be for her.