Support the Union: It’s the Fair Thing
Think about the relationship between a government and its citizens. Each of us approves of many of the decisions made on our behalf by our elected representatives, but disapproves of others. Imagine the foolishness of trying to have a society where each person decided things based only on what was best for him or her individually.
The fact is, we all benefit from understanding that the only practical way to live together is to have a group of people with common interests making group decisions. So each of us pays taxes, with the understanding that our pooled funds generally are used for the common good. In most cases, it’s simply not practical to allow individuals to “opt out” of society’s decisions.
You, for example, may not have school-age children, but it would hardly be realistic for you to pay a slightly lower percentage of taxes because you don’t directly benefit from (or even approve of) spending on public education. Or you may have a neighbor who doesn’t think that the stop sign on the corner is really necessary, but you sure want her to obey it if your kid is trying to cross the street.
-- Adapted from The Union Members Complete Guide, by Michael Mauer