Commenter Mike Kaplan asks the following questionÂ belowÂ my last post:
Why am I paying taxes to take care of your brother-in-law Vincent? He is your family â€“ why donâ€™t you take care of him? Why do you want to force me to sacrifice my time and labor â€“ in taxes â€“ to do what you are not doing?
All of us need to be responsible for ourselves and our families. The federal government currently borrows over 40% of what it spends. We just donâ€™t have the money to continue this way.
Iâ€™ve been thinking about this. It’s reasonable to ask in the direct and sincere way Mr. Kaplan does.Â After all, I am a full professor at a leading university. I amÂ not an economically disadvantaged person.Â
I have my own views.Â I’m more interested inÂ howÂ RBC readers would answer this query.Â So what do you think? I hope you answer him directly, in a spirit of civility.