Paying our taxes

Everyone now and then a story crosses my path that leaves me profoundly shocked. This is one in Mother Jones is of them. Police shootings, they write, won’t stop unless we address this problem no one is talking about. They point out how our refusal to pay our fair share of taxes has forced cities and towns to turn to traffic fines to pay the bills. Were we to simply pay the cost of the government that we enjoy, the police would be freed from trying to raise revenue from the poor. And, maybe, these devastating shootings of black people by white police would stop. To demand government services but to refuse to pay for them, is tantamount to theft and is one of the most basic tenets of the Christian life.

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