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Government Took Care of Me

Marc Munroe Dion on

Taxation is theft, no?

Government causes more problems than it solves, right?

You pay taxes, and you don't get anything for your money.

And those are three good reasons to storm the Capitol and then spend 22 years taking showers with a Proud Boy?

Not really.

A little story, then.

 

I worked for newspapers most of my life. A few decades ago, I worked for a newspaper that offered a pension.

The chain that owned the newspaper went down in a tangle of bad decisions, debt and breathlessly stupid management. The chain went bankrupt. The paper was sold, and a pension was no longer offered by the new owners.

But, far away, somewhere north of Richmond, a government agency called the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation took control of the bankrupt chain's pension fund, and now they pay my pension, the pension I earned.

The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation was established in 1974, when I was a high school kid with a night job as a janitor. I didn't know I'd become a reporter. I didn't know I'd become a syndicated columnist. I didn't know I'd work for a newspaper chain that went bankrupt. I knew how to sweep floors, and I thought I knew how to talk to girls.

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