Taxes and farm subsidies
April 11, 2007
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Farm subsidies are very annoying, upsetting, misleading, and unavoidable things. From my perspective, and my taxes, the subsidies paid to farms to assist in their animal exploitation feels exactly the same as knowing that part of my taxes funds the wars that I’m completely opposed to. Quite a conundrum – the ethical choice really is to not pay any taxes. The problem is that first of all, they are taken directly out of my paycheck, and second of all, I think tax evasion probably has longer prison terms than murder.
So I pay my taxes to keep myself from having to deal with the IRS, and to keep myself out of prison, even though the taxes I pay fund the war machine and the animal exploiters.
Usually I don’t have to think about this much, but preparing my taxes tonight it was driven home, as the tax program asked me all sorts of questions, giving me an opportunity to claim numerous exemptions and credits if I had been busy in 2006 making money from various animal exploitations. What makes it even more of a slap in the face is that animal sanctuaries get no assistance at all. That’s right – if you actually save animals and provide for their care and well-being for their entire natural lives (and by “natural life” I don’t mean “until it is time to send them to the slaughterhouse to profit from their terror and death and dismemberment”), you get no benefit from the government, from the taxes we all pay. Why don’t I get a choice in the matter? Why can’t I choose which type of farm to support with my taxes? Why does the government only prop up the rich businessmen who make their money off of the people exploiting animals? It is a bit like organic farms being exempt from the farm subsidies. Anything that is not detrimental to people’s health, to animals, to the environment is not able to get assistance from the government.
I’m sure someone is thinking “what about the tax credit for hybrids?” As far as I’m concerned, that tax credit was designed to entice people to buy more new vehicles, and encouraging consuption even if for a hybrid is not exactly environmentally friendly. Notice that the electric car was killed within a decade after it was introduced, despite the success. It didn’t use any gas at all, if you ignore questioning where the electric itself came from, since it was possible to charge the cars up with green energy. How unamerican.
Yes I’m cynical. After Katrina and Iraq and Darfur and East Timor and all the steps the government has taken to make it easier for Big Business to pollute with impunity, the real question is why isn’t everyone this cynical, at a minimum?