I did not expect to spend most of my time at the Faire on the Square thinking about taxes. But “taxes” turned out to be the theme of my day.
First, a man came up to our Good Shepherd table to get an apple, which was our version of swag for the day. I said, “May I tell you about our church?” he replied, “What do you think of Obama’s economic plan?” Before long, we were exchanging views on the idea of bailouts, and opinions about paying taxes. Turns out, he’s from China, and is wary of government claims in general, and government control of economic processes in particular. Interesting.
A bit later, my daughter and I went in search of the mini recycling dumpsters that lots of kids were carrying around. We found their source and obtained one, which turned out to be filled with candy, which thrilled my daughter, which made me laugh. As I was laughing, a guy walked by, saw us gazing at the candy-filled dumpster, and said sarcastically over his shoulder, “Your tax dollars paid for that.”
Finally, and probably most usefully, I visited my friends at the Watertown Citizens for Environmental Safety. They were posing the question, “How do you want your tax dollars spent?” I was given six beans and invited to place them into the jars representing the items I wanted my tax dollars to support. I gave my beans to my daughter, who turned out to be very supportive of veterans and the environment.
Are people talking a lot about taxes where you are? Where would you put your beans? How does your answer to this question connect to your faith or theology?