Ask not …
It is a hoot to listen to our friends on the Left talk about taxes, a subject always near and dear to their hearts.
Take Anchorage Democratic Rep. Andy Josephson, for instance. During a recent KTVA interview, he bemoaned the suffering of Alaska communities because of state budget cuts and reduced revenue-sharing. He said the state’s saving accounts are being drawn down and new revenue sources must be found.
That, of course, means you.
Josephson said during the interview there likely would be discussion of a broad-based tax during the upcoming legislative session, something all of us expect.
“I think that one of the reasons we have the problem we have is that we’re the only state without a broad-based tax,” he said. “That’s a problem. And it’s not an accident that we’ve got this dilemma and that we’re the only state without one. So I think that we need to ask the citizens, as John F. Kennedy said, to step up and see what they can do for their government.”
What John F. Kennedy actually said during his inauguration on Friday, Jan. 21, 1961, was, “ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.”
To the out-of-touch Left, “government” and “country” are interchangeable. We all exist to make our government better? Do we fight and die in foreign lands for love of our government or our country?
For most of us the two are eons apart. We love our country – the people, the places, the culture, the ideals – but have come to distrust our government.
And with good reason.