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Ahoy, my pirate friend! Sorry I haven't been responding to your posts. I have been reading them, though! I just want to give C-B-M my full attention for the moment.
When I ask the question repeatedly, it's because you're not answering my specific question. I don't care what answer you give, as long as it's not a dodge.
So ...anyways, this is what I'm seeing. Apparently, there is a view that taxes are a social obligation, that everyone should pay some taxes. But taxes should be variable and those who utilize more services should pay more. And with that, it is also reasonable and agreed that the people who pay more should expect more services in return.
But that's not how it works. In real life, the people who pay more do not utilize more services. In fact, the people who pay the least (i.e., nothing) use the most resources. When we are told the rich should have their taxes increased, it is never argued that it should be done "so that we can provide more services for the rich." Right? Of course not. It is said that we need to provide more services for the poor.
Moreover, in your argument, despite what you said about expectations of more resources, it seems that oddly that is never followed through on. No, we must assume that, for example, lives are at risk and in that instance everything goes out the window and we must respond maximally until we can be assured that no lives are in danger. Now, don't get me wrong -- that's quite reasonable. But that's not in accordance with the stated tax definition we discussed.
What is clear is that all people have a social obligation and society in return has an obligation to all of its citizens. But if that obligation -- to protect life, for example -- is equal, then so is the obligation of the people equal. Therefore, taxes should be shared equally.
Before I continue answering your seemingly endless line of questions, I'll need you to answer a few for me:
1. Do you believe that the salary or tax status of the property owners should be taken in to consideration before a fire company responds to a fire?
2. What is a modern fireman's primary duty: To save lives, or to save property?