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U.S. Taxpayer support for the World Economy
August 8th 2005

Taxpayer funding of projects all around the world

Taxpayer funding

Leaders in the American government have shown that they have a high priority for using tax revenues to benefit people in other countries around the world.

American soldiers and revenues have been devoted by the Bush Administration to ridding the world of terror and tyranny. American soldiers have made the supreme sacrifice to assure that Iraqis can have a new form of government.

The Bush Administration has also single-handedly decided to double the level of American taxpayer aid to Africa. Supposedly the beneficence of American wage earners will help to develop industrialization on the African continent so another labor market can be accessed by transnational businesses competing for profits by shaving labor costs.

Business lobbies have been encouraging congress to create an immigration program that allows immigrants who find employment to remain indefinitely in this country. Supposedly some believe that American government has the duty to assure that hard working citizens of other countries have opportunities for gainful employment regardless of how those opportunities affect the working wages of taxpayers.

 
This philosophy inspired congressional leaders supporting CAFTA to use tax revenues to buy sufficient support to earn passage for the measure by a two-vote margin. CAFTA, claimed its industrial supporters, will allow Central American workers to become an essential part of global economy.

The apparent heartfelt concern Americaís business and political leaders have for the plights of the peoples of the world is inspiring. Their generosity is amplified by their willingness to include the American taxpayer and wage earner and their families in the effort to make the world a better place for everyone everywhere. There is something uniquely American over the willingness of the public to allow their lives, tax contributions, and living wages to be sacrificed for such a noble cause.

The philanthropy of Americaís power structure with my taxes and income has brought me to ponder my role in the great global economy. As I ruminated my role in the great quest I happened to pass by a little restaurant near my house, The Italian Pie and Pasta House at 1400 S. Crystal Lake Dr. in Orlando, Fla., where my wife and I have enjoyed several meals.

It occurred to me that the owner of the restaurant, who seems genuinely pleased to see us come to his business, is a part of the global economy. He even hires servers who speak the same language as do I, thereby preserving the parochial influence on multiculturalism, and the food there is easily comparable to the fare of more famous restaurants that even have locations in other countries. It seems that I can do more for the global economy by patronizing the one Italian Pie and Pasta House in Orlando than if I gave more money to one of the many corporately owned restaurants with locations throughout the nation and the world.

The thought also occurred to me that my mechanic, Manny at Auto Lab on 6921 Partridge Lane, also in Orlando, is allowing me to enhance the global economy and treats me with the same courtesy and enthusiasm as the people at the Italian Pie and Pasta House. Best of all Manny gives me the service with a smile that I wasnít receiving from the auto maintenance center attached to a world famous tire dealership.

 

He doesnít even recommend that I have lots of expensive, unnecessary work done to my car as did the other service center. His concern of my budgetary limits, in spite of the fact that both of us are being coerced, through our taxes, to support policies that give competitive advantages to his corporate competitors, makes me grateful that my neighbor recommended him when my frustration reached its limits with the management at the store owned by that internationally renowned tire manufacturer.

When I devoted my mind to the cause I discovered a considerable number of local businesses that impact my neighborhood economy that are ignored by the political and economic leaders of this country. Furthermore I have found that when I deal with businesses that are owned by one of my neighbors I donít have to go through some bureaucratic complaint process when I come to the opinion that my patronage has been accepted with something less than enthusiasm.

Perhaps the most comforting notion of investing my consumer dollars with local businesses that donít have the luxury of a corporate mechanism to bribe politicians is that I am actually supporting a conservative, free-market business system based on private property ownership. Furthermore, my patronage is contributing to their business success in spite of the advantages bought by competitors with friends in high places.

I wonder if the great business leaders of this country would be able to fare as well if bribery, also known as lobbying, were to become stigmatized as an unethical business practice or if conservatives began to realize that corporate coziness with government power is akin to a form of government that was known during the 20th century as fascism.
 


By Bob Strodtbeck
Columnist

Bob Strodtbeck has been writing editorial commentaries since 1993.  He has professional experiences in pharmaceuticals, radio, and education.  He has also served as a church elder in an Orlando congregation where he has made his home since 1986.

rvstrodtbeck@peoplepc.com

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