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Mon Dec 28, 2020, 02:06 PM

24. They love veterans when it's convenient for them

On every year that doesn’t have a global pandemic, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, holds a huge parade on July 4th. I used to live on the corner where it ended, so I always had a good view of the proceedings from my second-floor window.

One year the local Republican Party turned this huge machine that only government agencies buy (it was a scissor lift built on a Cat dump truck chassis) into a float and covered it with “support our veterans” crap. I saw this thing coming from three-quarters of a mile away (a full mile and it would have been in the lake) so I decided to be an asshole and print up a sign that said “raise taxes now.” And I stood there with my sign right where they could see it. Up comes this rather indignant woman. So I told her: taxes pay for the military. Taxes pay for veterans benefits. Hell, taxes paid for that machine you used as a float, and for the road you drove it on. And if we don’t raise taxes on everyone, you and I included, we get to borrow the money and pay interest on it. And no, spending cuts alone won’t work because a country of 350 million people needs things. I doubt I turned her into a Democrat, but at least she understood.

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