It’s Just Taxes, Right?
As Bill Whittle pointed out about 3 years ago, there are at least four ways we spend our money and ways government spends our money.
 We spend our money on things we need and on things we may want. This is what our entire economy is based upon. It’s also sometimes called “Liberty.” But it’s more commonly called “our free economy.”
 We spend on others. I want to return a favor: sometimes I reciprocate with a gift. When my marital partner has a birthday, I often buy a gift for them. When any of my family has a need or a time to celebrate, I buy them something or even write them a check. Using money I have earned.
 But then, if I decide to spend other people’s money on myself: that’s thievery. I stole a toy from another boy when I was eight. Boy, did I ever learn a lesson then! I’ve never stolen from anyone since even though I’m in my seventies.
Still, people we call politicians have been caught spending campaign contributions on themselves and on their family and friends.
 People we call “politicians” get elected to legislatures. They take my money and spend it on other people they think will protect them, defend them and vote for them again and again. They can take my money through their power to create tax laws which force me to give my money “to the government” which they themselves control.
Having to “give” my money to the Treasury Department by April 15 every year isn’t satisfying me because a large portion of it will be other people (elected politicians) spending my money on “other people” (aka, paying client voters, giving them something for nothing but that).
It’s just taxes, something we inevitably cave into because “it can’t be avoided.”
Wrong, it includes an “optional” theft for the sake of staying in office (aka, power). So, knowing that, I object and at the same time I’m motivated to work less effectively for the pay I get. We all do this more or less all the time because the taxes never stop coming until we stop working at retirement and not even then.
Worse, the people who earn the most become the most angry. That we all know is because of “the graduated income tax.” So that sets off a cycle of tax avoidance even when millionaires “can afford” to have taken more from them than “the average working class family.”
This concept of taking a bigger piece of the bigger pies has people befuddled. The average taxpayer begins to resent both “rich people” and “poor people” at the same time.
But, it’s important to know that when taxes take bigger pieces of the rich people’s pie, rich people will spend less on things like hiring people and building more facilities to produce more products and services. The “GDP” begins to shrink (Gross Domestic Product). Rich people also begin to resist wage and benefit increases for their own employees, people they (and we) depend on to produce the largest variety and best quality goods and services.
So instead of bringing improvement, the politicians cause the pies to start shrinking, getting smaller, making even collecting taxes harder.
The politicians then present new programs, not mentioning the extra cost, to “serve the poor and disadvantaged.” But the extra programs and the extra cost keep on growing, the bribe must continue to get larger for the politicians to keep their salaries and (endless) benefits. The talk about the U.S. not having free medical services is nonsense, the politicians in the federal government already have free, lifetime medical care. They also get the rest of their lives whatever pay they got when they were still “working” as legislators (and/or presidents and vice presidents).
But it’s just taxes, right? Sure, but does using your tax money to give every legislator in Congress a “minimum wage” of $174,000 FOR LIFE sound right to you?
Here’s a more complete picture of our “national minimum wage” for comparison: “In 2021, the Congressional Budget Office released a report which estimated that incrementally raising the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2025 would benefit 17 million workers, but would also reduce employment by 1.4 million people. It would also lift 0.9 million people out of poverty, possibly raise wages for an additional 10 million workers, cause prices to rise, overall economic output to decrease slightly, and increase the federal budget deficit by $54 billion over the next 10 years.”
Obvious: there’s a substantial tradeoff involved for providing the “just compensation” without either increasing taxes or having a funding source other than through “just taxes.”
Not so obvious: Is that social security payments are based on the amount of the Social Security Tax you paid for each year you earned a living. But no increase to “$15 per hour” is coming to retirees, no sir. The cost of living keeps going up, your Social Security payments remain rock solid at the same level.
We are always told we had to have our own private retirement account in addition to the one forced upon us. So our “reward” comes only if we pay for two savings accounts, one government enforced and the other ‘by choice.’ But the politicians are doing their best to tax your 401K account too. Because, “Government needs the money.”
How far can this scam go? To give the example provided by Bill Whittle: Right now a Zimbabwe $20 bill have to have this many zeroes added to it to make it equal to $20 in US dollars. That’s two trillion “dollars.”
A person who got their first job twenty years ago could hope to get a minimum wage of $7.25 per hour. Cost of living has risen since then so to remain equal would take a 20% increase to $8.70 per hour. (Of course the same applies to whatever people living on Social Security happens to be — we’d need another 20% tacked on to whatever we were getting in 2001 but no such increase has occurred.)
You’re getting screwed, I’m getting screwed and so are “rich people” getting screwed as well as poor people because the federal politicians keep taking a big piece of the pie. And it’s only for their benefit and to keep getting elected.
How can we put an end to the (circumstantially mostly Democrat) politicians? We have to exercise our right to get re-call petitions going and by electing only non-socialist candidates. Political control of government belongs to the People of the United States, not to the people who’ve been dishonestly screwing us for decades.
Creating our own wealth so that we can voluntarily give to the genuinely needy is the only economic system the United States has ever needed and ever will need. As it is, these politicians have taken even our compassion for others away from us.