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December 12, 2004

The other side of the argument….

Follow-up to Conscientious Objection to War through taxes from Cutcher's Blog

Just wanted to thank the people that commented on this piece. I appreciate that it is a controversial idea that raises it's own problems. By giving tax payers the right to determine how areas of their taxes are spent you do 'open up a whole new can of worms'. I admit that this could lead to people opting for the way their money is spent and this could damage the running of our government. Obviously, we ultimately do democratically elect our governments and they are then responsible for the whole pot of money,to be used for the common good. If we don't like the way it is spent then we can protest, lobby and apply democratic pressure. I admit that when some people opt for a peace tax, others may opt for more nuclear weapons and it is possible that the situation could get worse. I understand this is a very valid argument. Nonetheless I do feel uneasy about my taxes funding military programmes that I morally disagree with, and so, I feel this issue is worth noting. Like much in life, it is a hazy and uncomfortable area. The time to throw ideas about is at university, so lets do it! I'm certainly more unsure and undecided on the issue than I was originally.

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