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Tax Man

Trash on the side of the (unpaved) road in Porto-Novo, Benin. This is a relatively small amount of trash, for Benin.

My Friend Across the Aisle Mike pointed out something we often forget about: the benefit of taxes. Love ’em or Hate ’em, they aren’t going away.  The following are some examples of the things we have because of our taxes, things that we assume are basic, things that many other countries have never had.

  • Paved roads
  • Traffic lights
  • Cops who do things
  • The National Guard
  • Firemen, Policemen, Coast Guard et al
  • Stop signs
  • Roads with minimal potholes
  • 911, EMTs and ambulances
  • Free public education through 12th grade
  • A civil code that is updated
  • Public servants and bureaucrats who do their jobs without taking kickbacks
  • A government with a low enough rate of corruption that we’re actually still surprised and outraged when it does happen
  • Prisons with guards on the INSIDE, as well as separate prisons for men, women and children
  • A fully-functioning legal system

Some housekeeping:

I’ll be updating more on this later, but I’m taking part in the 21.5.800 project, which combines self-discipline, writing and yoga!  I figure what else am I doing until co-op starts?  So you’ll see a lot of that product on the site, as well as a better explanation of the project itself.

Most of my posts do not appear on the day they are written, especially when it comes to days of travel, and when I’m in places with poor internet, or when I just have my game together.  As a result, you’ll read about things like Jose Marti airport on the day I’m actually passing through Cotonou Airport in Benin.  And of course, I keep writing about the places I’ve been, long after I come home.  So don’t run away from the blog, there’ll be some changes around here soon!