God Knows Where My Taxes Should Go

I visited my old job recently. My former coworkers welcomed me back and asked what I was up to. I told them I’m in the process of quitting my current job, the one I left them for.

A girl I didn’t like working with said, “Wait what are you going to do about health insurance?” She works in the science field but doesn’t believe in evolution because it conflicts with her evangelical beliefs.

“Well I’m not going to have health insurance,” I said.

“Oh great, now if you get injured my taxes are going to pay for you.”

God I hate that bitch.

I’ve met a couple smart conservatives, but I’ve never met a smart religious conservative. They are like kids who repeat what they hear from their authority figures. Yes, God is really pissed that 0.05% of your taxes are going to someone who broke their leg and can’t afford to fix it. He’s enraged that an illegal immigrant is using the emergency room to treat Lupe and her 103 degree fever. He’s going to send a lighting bolt down to the mother getting welfare because she just can’t seem to stop making babies. That’s because the real God is one that feels capitalism’s idea of individualism is far superior to a concept of society where we have to pay for people who are just too ignorant to go to a four-year university and get a “real” job. God wants you off the government’s teet.

I know where God wants my taxes to go: he wants it to go into my protection. He wants it to go to law enforcement to continue the war on drugs (a war we are about to win). He wants more cops on the street to stop crime for good. He also believes in speed traps and parking tickets because they save lives. But he wants most of my tax money going to the Pentagon to protect me from Muslim terrorists who are jealous of my way of life. They wish they had Uggs, traffic, monster thickburgers, tanning salons, and Botox. The Muslim extremists who we used to call freedom fighters are terrorizing us because they want to be us. We can’t let them take away our iPods! And I know this is what God wants because everyone else who believes in God never complains about law enforcement or military spending.

I used to browse through motorcycle forums back when I had one, where a common topic was helmet laws. The pro-helmet law people used an argument that went something like this: “If you get into an accident without a helmet, your health care bills will be more expensive and my insurance will be higher.” You want to guess how much motorcycle insurance went down once states implemented a helmet law? Hint: it’s the same amount that your credit card fees and interest rates went down after the new bankruptcy law was signed. People who have a master-servant mentality, like most bible thumpers, hate it when others are not doing what they think is best, since they themselves cannot live without rules, structure, and guidance. Tell me how to live and tell me want to think so then I can tell other people how to live and what to think.

As for my former coworker, I didn’t bother to argue with her because she is having trouble finding a husband. There is no punishment greater for a woman than a life alone—so I win!

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namaste
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fantastic post.

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My grandfather died a year ago in central Florida. I went to pay my respects, and the few days I spent with the evangelical types down there were some of the worst in my life. They are just horrible people, I can’t think of any other way to put it.

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the pope is a smart religious conservative.
wait, scratch that. He wants to help the poor or something. bleeding heart had us all fooled.

there are plenty of good reasons to shut the ER doors to lupe that don’t require appeals to the supernatural.
or maybe i’m just a cold-hearted bastard?

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Religious conservatives are fun to mess with. I should know. My own mother is one.

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haha walking away from an argument takes some self discipline so good for you.

i agree with most of what you’re saying. i for one dont like the arguement people make about ‘why are we helping people in other countries when we have homeless domestically!’ Maybe because most of our homeless still have it a lot better then the hundreds of thousands starving we’re sending basic aid to.

this is similiar to an argument I had with my libertarian friend. i’m not really conservative or liberal, but i think people need to be told what to do for the most part. helmet laws don’t bother me especially, but i feel if there were no drug laws society would take a sharp decline. because most of us for some reason lack the ability to do anything in moderation which is why our gov’t is having to tell us why its probably not a good idea to put down 3 big macs and a milkshake everyday.

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I absolutely fucking LOVED this post. Bravo!:banana:

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“Maybe because most of our homeless still have it a lot better then the hundreds of thousands starving we’re sending basic aid to.” – turbocargado

….but they’re still homeless. In the most prosperous nation that ever existed.

Foreign aid is definitely a worthwhile peg in the foreign policy structure, but don’t argue for it by devaluing the hardship at home.

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“but i think people need to be told what to do for the most part”

Turbocargado,
As long as it’s me telling you what to do I’d be down with that. But you telling me what to do? I’m not down with that.

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“i’m not really conservative or liberal, but i think people need to be told what to do for the most part.”

The second part of that sentence encompasses exactly what is wrong with both liberals AND conservatives — with the former telling us what we should do with our money and the latter telling us what we should do with our bodies, our minds and our lives in general. If people aren’t smart enough to avoid Big Macs or heroin, that’s on them. Choice is what separates us from communists and fascists.

“helmet laws don’t bother me especially, but i feel if there were no drug laws society would take a sharp decline.”

I’d venture to say that our society IS in sharp decline already, no thanks to federal regulations and resources aimed at controlling an industry that is impossible to control (Prohibition, anyone?). At the most basic level, things that are illegal create an unregulated, black market that almost always involves violence — whether it’s alcohol, drugs or illegal immigrants. I know not enough people buy the “my body, my choice” argument when it comes to drugs (but they’re happy to do so when talking about abortion, which is sort of hypocritical), so I’ll pose the regulation argument: Drugs are bad and addiction is a horrible thing. Obviously, prohibiting drugs has not solved that problem, nor will legalizing them. But at least a legal market regulates things so you know what you’re buying and so drug cartels and gangs don’t control the industry.

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Top not, as usual.

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right on.

on the ‘American society sucks’ tip, i suggest The Century of the Self, by Adam Curtis. here’s an overview:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/bbcfour/documentaries/features/century_of_the_self.shtml

no matter how much you think you know about ‘the regimenting of the public mind’ (think Chomsky), you will learn some things in this documentary that will make you say, ‘oh, f***!’

here are all four parts:
http://blog.throwawayyourtv.com/2007/04/century-of-self-all-four-parts.html

many of Curtis’s other docs have been slammin, too.

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people who are just too ignorant to go to a four-year university and get a “real” job.

🙁 that would be me. But then again, I do have a “real” job….

My entire family are conservative Christians. I hate family stuff because I can never take part in conversations because it always goes back to Jesus Our Lord And Saviour.
Baa baa black sheep have you any wool?

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gn:

You make a lot of good points. The problem is when people make decisions that begin to impact others. If someone abuses drugs to the point they’re stealing from others for example. You stick yourself in a purely reactive state of law enforcement.

The I’m not arguing that the war on drugs is completely effective or that any kind of ban is. I do however feel it makes a difference. Is your argument that black markets should be legalized and regulated? If so what type of regulations? and does this apply to all black markets?

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Take God out of the picture and the dumb religious bitch is still right.

This is the second time now that you’ve touted how awesome it is to go beyond just talking about quitting the corporate grind and actually fight the machine.

But in both cases you’re more or less openly admitting that you’re leeching off people who aren’t taking that luxury. You’re living with your dad and you’re relying on people like that dumb bitch (and me) to pay for your broken leg if it should happen to you.

Personally, I side with the bitch. I shouldn’t have to pay for you. If you break your leg, it’s your problem, not mine. I am a man and I take care of myself. For all your alpha male talk I’m pretty surprised that you are OK with the idea of a liberal universe in which other people hold you afloat while you take a vacation from working. I hate working too but I do it because I refuse to leech off of other people, and that includes taking advantage of the social safety net which my taxes are and have been paying for. If more people took responsibility for themselves, we wouldn’t have to fund that safety net and I’d get to keep more of my money.

My opposition to the idea of any of my effort going to pay for your or anyone else’s healthcare has absolutely nothing to do with God; in fact, it’s a very selfish position that is in direct contradiction to Christian beliefs. The fact that you would even use that as a basis for your argument about her statement is a perfect example of why liberals just don’t get it. They make a statement about personal responsibility and you latch on to the fact that you know she’s a God fearing woman and use that as the basis of your argument, even though it has nothing to do with anything and it does nothing aside from draw attention away from the fact that you are relying on other people’s money to keep your body intact while you cruise through life without insurance.

As far as your last scathing comments: “People who have a master-servant mentality, like most bible thumpers, hate it when others are not doing what they think is best, since they themselves cannot live without rules, structure, and guidance”, I’d like to remind you of this:
http://www.dcbachelor.com/2006/my-rules-of-life
You’ve got your own rules. Does that mean you can’t live without rules, structure, or guidance? Just because someone doesn’t want to pay taxes to medically insure you doesn’t mean they are a servant to a master who hands them down rules on two stone tablets. And just because someone thinks you’re being a selfish douche for sucking off the system instead of contributing to it doesn’t mean they are listening to God dictating their opinion on which tax drain their money is being funneled into.

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Jeezus Evan I bet you got the biggest corn cob stuck up your ass. Who the fuck cares about paying half a cent to cover gawdam DCB’s pending broken leg bill????? Typical Jesus freaks talking one thing and living a competely different lifestyle.

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Well said, Evan.

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well said? he just came off as a bitter, selfish, and shortsighted.

there were more “me, my, mine” statements in that little rant than you’d hear in even the most venomous kindergarten argument. perfect illustration of why we as a nation and as a species can’t evolve to the point where the problems we have to deal with are at least new ones.

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You have never met me.

“Pay unto Caesar what is Caesar’s…and to God the things that are God’s”

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Mike, you’re missing the point entirely. I want to keep what I earn through working, not be forced to give to people who decide to take 3 months off to not work. It’s far greedier to sit on your ass and live off people who are working than it is to ask not to be legally required to give money to said ass-sitters.

You are right. Me, my, mine. I earned it. Don’t make me give it away.

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turbocargado: I don’t know if I spelled that right. The problem of people making decisions that impact others is a separate issue from the drug problem. People who steal from or inflict bodily harm on others should be punished. I suppose that’s reactive law enforcement in its most basic sense, and I don’t see a problem with that. As I said before, prohibiting drugs has not eliminated drug-related crime, and neither will legalizing them. But stealing is a crime regardless of what the robber spends the money on.

My argument is that the government shouldn’t prohibit or regulate anything that doesn’t constitute stealing from or physically harming others. The problem with deciding what the government should control beyond that is determining where to draw the line. The government says you can put some things in your body, but not others. That certain things are appropriate for cable networks, and even fewer for broadcast ones.

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You may want to keep “what’s yours”, but ultimately you pay a price to live in a society in the form of taxes. People are free not to work as you are free not to work.

I have met few wealthy people who are not living extremely good lives with quite a lot of disposible income, thus I have very little sympathy for them when they scream about how they shouldn’t have to pay quite so many taxes.

You don’t have to be a marxist to appreciate that capitalism is a flawed system even if it is the best system and that is why pretty much every advanced society has progressed to a state where there are social programs whereby those who reap the most from the system give a proportionally larger portion of their income back to the goverment in order to sustain the system.

A small portion of these fund go to social programs but ultimately- Roosh’s broken leg is like an atom sized drop in a swimming pool sized bucket. The majority of the funds in that bucket go to things such as defense spending.

Personally there is no problem with that– soldiers should get paid and I live in a state where there are huge defense contractors who benefit our economy in more ways than I can list. Chances are you do too, but you are too short sighted to look beyong “me, my, mine.”

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Don Imus got owned!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Evan,

It’s not my place to say anything here but do you know why Roosh isn’t working and moved back with his Dad? There’s a plan here. I’d go on to call you a bitching fucktard but something tells me you already know you are. Like I said I can’t give anything away but there is a purpose to this.

I love how people start blogs and try to make their blogs viewed or read only by disagreeing with better bloggers than themselves.

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Religion is evil

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VK,

Why waste your time explaining to another grown man/woman what another grown man or woman wants to do. We all go through this at some point in life. This is DCB’s David Carridine moment and he just wants to walk the earth and get into adventures. Nothing wrong with that at all. I did the same thing about 3 years ago and it recharged my life and gave me some much needed purpose.

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Not to be an ass, but her comment about taxes payinng for your sickness has some truths.

As a guy who has done a zillion health insurance for small business owners throughout the state of Fla — health care – how it is paid for – and what people who don’t have any get with respect to care is the most mis-understood facet of american society.

You might find a general hospital to fix your broken leg, but you will find it very very hard to get someone to take the cast off.

Private hospitals don’t have to take you. Public hospitals don’t have to admit you.

Imagine if you got cancer?

You know what happens to people who get cancer and don’t have health insurance?

For the most part, they die — or they go on medicaid..

This is America — the only country that doesn’t have universal health care.

I think people would really be shocked to find out what would happen to them if they got sick and didn’t have health coverage.

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Clearly Roosh moved in with his dad to save up some money to buy his lady a big rock.

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Not touching this one with a ten foot pole. I forgot what the original article was about about 7 comments in anyway. Although the throw-in of the next HH was pretty slick.

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“I’ve met a couple smart conservatives, but I’ve never met a smart religious conservative.”

This is amazingly true. Even when you talk with really smart people, as soon as you start talking about God or Jesus, they instantly turn to brainwashed idiots who cannot see the difference between facts and beliefs.

Not having health insurance is really bad. When – yes, it is WHEN, not IF – you need it and don’t have it, it will be too late. The problem is not that we have to pay for your broken leg – I’m ok with that, I’m already paying for a bunch of illegal Mexicans. The problem is that at the end you’ll be required to pay for your broken leg – as I doubt you’re going to file bancrupcy for $15K, and with $100/mo insurance this is about 10 years of non-interruptible insurance coverage.

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Hey tampa, have you ever tried to get treated in a country with universal health care? I’ve lived (and payed taxes) in Canada for 3 years and I can’t go to a gp for a checkup even though I have supplemental insurance. I can’t wait to be back in DC and be uninsured. The clinic buses will take better care of me than my insurance + universal care here.

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That is just a bunch of junk. Its that ego-americana attitude.

Actually the United States does have single payer universal health care.

Its called Medicare and you can’t find a single senior that would give it up for the world.

This idea that single payer health care is a bad thing is just laughable.

Medicare is one of the best — most cost efficient health care systems in the world.

Its the private sector that cumbersome and wasteful.

Nobody in the world spends more on health care as a perecentage of total GDP then the United States of America.

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ever been offered COBRA?

That is what your health care plan ACTUALLY costs when your employer isn’t paying half of the bill and it isn’t coming out of your check every month..

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“Its the private sector that cumbersome and wasteful.”

remove the middleman (i.e., employer) and the artificial barriers (non-transferable plans) to get a true gauge of what a free market in health care would look like.

the problem with healthcare isn’t capitalism; the problem is not enough capitalism.

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Contrary to what we are brainwashed to believe, going to a four year college is not for everyone. All most kids get from college is huge debt and a temporary free pass from making any real decisions about their future.

On another note, come on, are people seriously pissed off about their tax dollars being used for healthcare? Considering the other ways our tax money gets used — meat industry subsidies, weapons in outer space…anything in outer space really, war (which is just an oil industry subsidy), etc. — taking care of the basic needs of our people should not be a point of contention. Providing everyone in the United States with a basic standard of living improves everyone’s quality of life. And sure, there are some people who take advantage of that. You can too. All you have to do to qualify for welfare is support a family of 4 on less than $19,000 a year. Be my guest.

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Good post, terrible comments.

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2Lisa:

It does not require college degree to understand if the Flood and Noah story is true, then all the people have a single ancestor, and this includes blacks, asians, whites, indians…

It does not require any degree more than elementary school to read the Bible and see a lot of flaws and contradictions in it.

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“All most kids get from college is huge debt and a temporary free pass from making any real decisions about their future.” – Lisa

Very true. College is definitely the buffer between high school and the real world. More and more people are starting to understand that now that an advanced degree is the new standard and today’s BA/BS is the equivalent of what a high school diploma was for the Baby Boomers. That’s why more kids (who are much more well-informed than I was) are going in-state for undergrad and swinging for the fences (Ivies) for grad school. Eh, live and learn.