Sometimes when I’m driving on a public road, taking my kids to school, or when I pull over to let a fire engine race by on a mission to save a life,  I reflect on what a great country America is.   Even the greatest kings of yore didn’t have the services that we ordinary American citizens have.   If their castles were burning down, who would put the fire out?  Their kids were taught that expensive tutors who only knew about four elements and thought the world was flat.   And if they wanted to go to the market, their horse carts might get stuck in the mud.  And I don’t even want to mention the toilet facilities.   But at the price of only a few percent of our annual earnings, we ordinary Americans enjoy amenities beyond the dreams of the ruling monarchs of Europe of a few hundred years ago.

And yet, unbelievably, some ingrates out there hate paying taxes.  These people are just too stupid and stubborn to see the goodness and light brought about by their modest contributions to local, state and federal governments.  They must think that roads build themselves, that fires put themselves out, and that kids read their own books.  Indeed, they keep babbling about Solyndra, public employee pensions, or something.  But they’re really against mom, apple pie and the American way of life.

So I’d like to take this opportunity to be an antidote to these tax-decrying nabobs, and extend a hearty “Thank You” to all American taxpayers out there, whose many and varied contributions to government at all levels have truly made our modern standard of living possible.