Speaker John Boehner Thinks Taxation Is Stealing

In response to President Obama’s calls for more revenue in a budget deal, House Speaker John Boehner asked, “How much more money do we want to steal from the American people to fund more government?”

Uh, last time I checked, the American government is still a representative democracy — a Republic of the people. We are our government and our government is us. Our tax dollars fund a government of the people. Government is not some abstract entity stealing money from “the American people,” because the government exists for us. I’m sure every individual could identify government spending that he or she does not agree with. But you know what? You don’t always get your way. Democracy is messy. Deal with it.

Oh, and one more thing — we need politicians to stop saying “the American people” like they are speaking for all 300 million. Those three words in that order need to be retired immediately.