Denial, ratioalization and self-indulgence seem to have suddenly become virtues. Over the last several weeks many writers of letters to the editor have tried to camouflagesimple greed, avarice and selfishness with patriotic covers of “liberty,” “independence” and “American values.” What a crock!
Those folks who praise Tim Eyman’s lack of social responsibility need to get honest with themselves – they’re just plain greedy. The same goes for those who defend their “American” right to guzzle gas with battle-ready SUVs, as well as those who crusade to have government employees work for nothing. They just want the rest of us to support their self-serving lifestyles, while they enjoy their minute of self-indulgent glory.
Oh yes, I pay taxes too. I am not a government employee. Just like most folks, I have bills to pay and don’t make a ton of money. I just don’t need to whine about how awful our elected officials are and pretend that “the government” is cheating me every time that I have to pay for public services. We all use them, we all need them and we should be responsible enough help pay for them.
Wake up, get a life and at least be honest enough to admit that your primary complaint is that you can’t seem to get a free ride. Unlike your little dream world, roads and sheriff deputies cost money. Even our much-reviled elected officials need to be paid a fair salary – unless we want to go back to the graft and corruption of Tammany Hall in New York or Al Capone’s Chicago. No thanks. Politicians and government employees are public servants, not public slaves.