You almost have to evade taxes, you’re expected to. Smart businesses evade taxes; responsible Americans evade taxes. It’s the responsible thing to do.
This is essentially what I heard a Republican talk show host say on the radio today. The only reason I’m not putting it into quotation marks is that I don’t remember exactly how he said it, except that “It’s the responsible thing to do” is an exact quote. I remember that crystal clear because I’ve been absolutely furious FURIOUS about it all day.
Look, I don’t care if you’re Republican or Democrat or Green or a member of the tea party, etc., YOU DO NOT ENCOURAGE BREAKING THE LAW. That is not, nor will it ever be, the “responsible thing to do.” You don’t agree with the tax system? Then you fricking finance and vote for a politician who campaigns on tax reform pledges, like a responsible American. THAT is “the responsible thing to do.” Don’t you dare enjoy the plentiful benefits of living and doing business in this country, then break the law and leave your fellow countrymen to carry your bill. You people who say things like “I don’t want to pay for your health care” and “I don’t want to pay for some welfare queen’s six babies” or “I don’t want to pay for anyone’s drug addiction” — Well, I don’t want to pay for fricking corporations enjoying massive profits and then refusing to pay their fair share of taxes; I happily pay my taxes on what meager living I make only to see someone who makes 400% more than I do try to sneak out of paying their fair share. You corporations that don’t want to pay to help keep your government running, you should think about not paying your CEOs millions of dollars even if they run you into the ground (J.C. Penney, I’m looking at you. Big banks that built up the housing bubble and allowed it to fester and burst, I’m looking at you. General Motors, I’m looking at you). Evading taxes is the LEAST responsible thing to do. It’s downright sleazy. Hell, the Supreme Court recognizes corporations as people when it comes to campaign financing now, thanks to Citizens United; why don’t you use your dollars to push some politicians to reform the tax system. It would cost you in the short term but, as they say: no pain, no gain.
This proud American happily pays her taxes and votes. I still happily paid my taxes when a Republican was in the White House, even though I didn’t agree with his administration’s policies; and I’ll do it again in the future because THAT is “the responsible thing to do.”