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Sally Kohn Reminds Us Not to Drink the Tax Koolaid (or Tea)

April 15, 2010

A landmark event in my launch into adulthood, I sat down this year to prepare my taxes for the first time.   This patriotic task taught me a timeless American lesson, a lesson I will keep with me all my life - taxes are incredibly confusing!  I won’t lie.  For someone who champions government programs with pride, I found myself mumbling expletives under my breath through the process.  And something tells me I’m not alone in my bitterness.

But as we grumpily send off our taxes this year and watch Tea Party protests of taxes on the news, we must remember not to drink the Koolaid.  As Sally Kohn - Chief Agitation Officer of the Movement Vision Lab and new Progressive Women’s Voices participant - argued in today’s piece “The Super-Rich Want You to Hate Taxes So They Can Keep Your Money:”

“We need a much more accountable, transparent and participatory politics in America. But thinking that if government doesn't work perfectly then it doesn't work at all is part of the lie.”

The truth is, Kohn explains, taxes allow us to give everyone a better shot at the good life.  By offering us all the good and services we need to survive and thrive, taxes offer us the potential of “shared prosperity.”

Hear hear, Sally.  From here on out, I promise to send off my taxes, confusing though they may be, with conviction and pride!