I want patent protections for my business to keep an advantage from its inventions. Patent registration and enforcement costs money. Tax me!
I want my company to be able to hire qualified workers. That means education can’t put students in such debt that education isn’t a worthwhile investment. Subsidizing education costs money. Tax me!
I want quality schools for my business to have competent workers. That costs money. Tax me!
I want quality schools for MY CHILDREN to be able to compete in the global market. That costs money. Tax me!
I want safe foods. Maybe most farmers mean well, but agribusiness has demonstrated time and again that it does not always do a good enough job of safeguarding food without govt oversight. That costs money. Tax me!
I want safe cars. Reputation helps motivate good engineering, but not enough. Govt standards have made a huge difference. Developing and enforcing good standards costs money. Tax me!
I want good roads on which I don’t have to pay per trip. Private industry won’t give me that. Roads cost money. Tax me!
The same goes for bridges and tunnels. Tax me!
I want to be able to breath clean air. Developing and enforcing air pollution controls costs money. Tax me!
I want to be able to drink clean water. Developing and enforcing air pollution controls costs money. Tax me!
I want military protection so that pirates — who are quite active in parts of the world these days — will expect that attacking our ships would mean that massive naval force would be breathing down their necks. I want them to expect that attacking American citizens in any waters anywhere would soon result in Navy Seals jumping up out of the water into their boats — after the Seals finished snacking on great white sharks — to teach ‘em a lesson about picking on innocent folks. Training Seals costs money. Tax me!
I want veterans who risked their life & limb to defend my country to be well care for, medically and otherwise. Tax me!
I want the innocent to be protected from unreasonable prosecution, even if they don’t have the money to defend themselves. Tax me!
I want diplomats on the task of making sure American companies can compete fairly abroad. Tax me!
I want consular services making sure that when I travel abroad — whether for business or pleasure — I can expect my govt to be looking out for my interests even there. Tax me!
When I take a domestic flight, I want to be able to expect the air traffic to be well coordinated. Tax me!
I want investment in research and development that will grow American business. Tax me!