I was listening to Rick and Bubba this morning on the radio while driving to work. Ususally I try to find music, but this was on and I didn't change the station. I was glad I didn't. My drive was short, but this morning I deducted they were talking politics to some extent. The statement that caught my attention was something like Rick saying, 'This is a huge realization for many people - it was for me'. Now, please realize, that's VERY paraphrased. Bubba then relayed the following story:
He recently talked with a Russian Communist visitor to the U.S. Bubba was promoting capitalism and democracy (yes, I know we're not actually a democracy, but that's not the point...), and discussing the differences in the U.S. and Russia, when the Russian asked the following question:
R: Do you own your property?
B: Yes, I own my property. I have a deed. It says it's mine.
R: You pay property taxes, correct?
B: Yes, I pay property taxes.
R: And, if you didn't pay your property taxes, the government would take your property, yes?
R: Then, you don't own your property. The government owns your property, just like in Russia. You just rent it from the government.
Yes, I know...let the realization sink in. I was just sorta stunnned when it hit me. He makes a good point.
So, just some food for thought. How can we make informed decisions if we are uninformed?