Letter: Taxation without representation

December 13, 2013 

Letter: Taxation without representation

This country was founded on the basis of the will of each citizen being represented in government. It is common knowledge that in our political system, people vote for their representatives at local, state and national levels. These (ideally) representative governments then create public policies and programs that are funded by the people's tax dollars.

In a sense, we hire our representatives with our vote to reflect the will of the people, and we pay them with our money -- our tax dollars. I am 17 years old. I have a job. I have taxes taken out of my paycheck. I can vote -- wait -- no, I can't. Though I do benefit from government services and policies, it does not seem entirely just that my money is being used to fund programs and pay lawmakers I cannot vote for. Could this be considered taxation without representation? It is quite possibly so.

ANDREA JOHNSON, Richland

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