From a commentor at Seattle’s Slog:
A theme you may have noticed in the conservative world is the idea that on Tuesday night “Takers” won. People who have no interest in contributing to society and just want to mooch off the hard-working bankers, or “Makers,” this country depends on.
What makes me the most upset about this interpretation from the right is the idea that they refuse to acknowledge the people who want to be “Givers.” People who are happy and proud to pay taxes as a representation of contributing to a society we share and want to function….
The right ignores the fact that people need help sometimes and there other people that are willing and able to provide that help. Willing and able. Including people who used to be “Takers.” I came from a low-class background and worked almost every day since I was 13. It started so I could have a little extra spending money and not take from the family budget for a movie night with friends. Then it was survival so I didn’t have to go on Food Stamps (even though I qualified). And now that I make enough to give back to the society that helped me, I am happy to fill out my tax form knowing it is paying for Food Stamps for a hungry kid trying to get through school. Or maybe going to Social Security Disability Income to help out a person who worked their whole life but had a tragic accident that made them unable to function in a job. Or to a great transit system that makes owning an expensive car unnecessary….
We need to hear from some more “Givers.” We need to make paying taxes as righteous as saying the Pledge of Allegiance.
Read the whole thing, here.