My choices

By Shirley Lamb / Guest CommentaryNovember 1, 2012 

Recently I've been thinking about the choices I've made throughout my life.

The choice of work I did as a medical transciptionist, the man I chose to marry and the charities to which I choose to give. I contribute to Catholic charities, Salvation Army, St. Jude's Hospital and Helping Hands here in Oakhurst. Those choices are made because they are in the high 90+% of aiding the recipients ... not for administrative salaries.

These choices have me thinking about my taxes and how they are spent on "non earned entitlements" over which I have no choice. And I want to clarify "entitlement" as the government recently has lumped Social Security into that term and I resent it. If they consider SS an entitlement it should be termed "Earned Entitlement" as taxpaying workers paid into that program for many, many years.

Now please, don't think I'm against paying my fair share of taxes. I understand there are certain benefits like better roads, clean water, fire and police protection.

Back in the 70s I was office manager for a pediatrician who was from Hungary. She explained that they had socialized medicine -- no one had to pay right? Wrong. If you were unhappy about the doctor you were assigned, you could made an appointment with your choice of doctor but you would have to pay for his visit if he was not on your list of approved physicians. If he wrote you a prescription, you could not have it filled at the pharmacy as it was not written by your approved physician. So, you would take the prescription to your approved physician and pay him a fee to re-write the prescription.

Their taxes paid for a doctor that often they did not wish to visit so they had to pay more money to have a choice.

The more you pay in taxes and allow the government to departmentalize your life, the less personal choices you will have.

I, for one, resent that many of my taxes over the years have contributed to the welfare program and I have no say about it. My main issue with this program is that there is not a time limit on the benefits. I wouldn't mind my tax contribution helping someone through a difficult time but not for it to become a way of life for them, their children and grandchildren.

That was not the initial intention of that program and, like so many other government programs, it has been abused. There have been many changes made in this program but none that benefit the taxpayer ... we keep paying and non-tax payers get the benefit of our generosity.

As I said, I contribute to the needy, but to what group I contribute should be my choice, not the choice of the government to decide who should benefit from my contributions. Please keep these choices in mind when you vote Nov. 6. Making a wrong choice could lose you many of your freedoms of choice.

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