OK, so why did I blow up at the suggestion in a TCU-fan questionnaire that there should be a library usage tax for "non-US permanent residents"?
Let's get this straight, folks.
People from other countries who live here are usually LEGAL aliens. That means they may not be citizens, but they pay all their taxes, have a job and may even OWN their own home.
How do I know that?
I lived in Japan from age 26-30.
Did I pay U.S. taxes when I lived in Japan? No.
I paid Japanese taxes, and thus had all the rights of a Japanese taxpayer to use government resources (such as libraries and FREE healthcare). I could not vote, though.
Just so those of you who think you have all the answers know, the foreign nationals who live in Troy pay taxes. They pay local, state and federal taxes. They use the library because they PAY for it.
Do they get to vote for the library millage or the mayor's office or the city council or the president? No.
That is called taxation without representation.
So when the dim bulbs toy with the race-baiting idea that we will charge these tax-payers (they'll use euphemisms like "apartment dwellers" or "renters" or some such) EXTRA to use the library, which they have already been taxed for yet can't VOTE to SAVE...
I DO get a little pissy.
Many of my children's friends' parents come from other countries. My CHILDREN came from other countries, you morons! My husband's grandparents came from other countries. My great grand parents came from other countries.
I know foreign nationals in Troy who OWN their own homes here. They are from India, Germany, Japan and Mexico.
Give me a little credit, Dave.
I'm no yokel ideologue, OK?
I been around.