A new group in Helsinki, Finland encourages taxpayers to focus on the good provided by public services, rather than dwelling on negative thoughts about income tax. The Happy Taxpayers’ Association, with 250 members, should help ease anxiety and frustration in citizens who pay some of the highest taxes in Europe, by pointing out the merit of the system.

I don’t think this should be laughed away as absurd — or included in the “Oddly Enough” section. The revenue generated from taxes makes our every day lives a lot more pleasant, productive, and, especially, safe. (And we’ve seen that most people are hyper-sensitive to safety concerns these days)… If we do as this association models, and add up the good received, we quickly realize that our collective payments make big projects happen and fund worthwhile services. It’s called cooperation. Hurrah for the Happy Taxpayers!

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