Since we live in Michigan, an important presidential battleground state, we see a commercial for McCain or Obama about every ten minutes. I was watching TV with my kids a week ago (can't remember if it was the Olympics or some other show) when an ad for one of the candidates came on and started telling how great the (assumed) party nominee was.
My son said over the commercial:
"He's not that great. All he wants to do is raise taxes."
I was surprised at this comment since we haven't discussed what one candidate thinks versus the other when it comes to taxes. I was even more surprised since I didn't think my son knew what taxes were (we've taught our kids how to earn, save, and give, but nothing as "high level" as taxes yet.)
So I asked him:
"What are taxes?"
He responded without a blink:
"Taxes are money we pay to the government so they can buy the president a big screen TV. Then at lunch they watch popular movies."
Obviously, there was a problem with this interpretation -- and my daughter chimed in immediately:
"That's not right. Taxes are money we pay to the government -- half goes to stuff like roads and libraries and they keep the other half for themselves."
I didn't know whether to correct her or congratulate her on a relatively accurate assessment of the situation. ;-)