a reply to: CharlieSpeirs
I'm unversed in UK taxation and economic manipulation, but the USA presently has a very dangerous storm brewing. The wealth redistribution by
taxation scam in the US seems to reward failure and irresponsibility while punishing success, except
for a series of loopholes that can be
manipulated by the very wealthy to reduce their real tax burdens. Those loopholes are at a high enough monetary threshold that you have to be upper
upper middle class to take advantage of them.
This is leaving the backbone of America, the true middle class making between $50 and $150K per year per family absolutely crushed with the burden of
subsidizing the lives of everyone that falls below that range, but also expected to pony up full price for the crap provided by everybody above that
True story: A few months ago my wife was talking with another parent at our childrens' school. It's a non-traditional charter school that has
detatched itself from the broken piece of machinery American public schools have become. We cannot afford private schooling, but this is the next
best thing. Anyway, as a charter school, there are some programs the publi schools offer which this school can't afford, such as free lunch programs
for low income families. The lady my wife was talking with drives a much newer vehicle than we do, has the new iPhone, dresses her children in
clothes that have little aligators and Polo players on them, etc... she made a comment about what a strain providing lunch for her kids has been and
how nice it was at their previous (public) school to get the tax-payer funded free lunch for the kids. She then said something along the lines of
"Well, I bet you miss that from when your son was in public school, too?" to my wife. We didn't qualify for any of that because our single income
household makes too much money to hit the limit, just like we didn't qualify for any subsidized rent, no subsidized home loan, no food stamps, no
medical insurance programs that I don't have to pay nearly a $1,000 a month for, nothing, zip, zilch... as a result, my quality of life while making
significantly more than the people who do qualify for those programs, is lower than the quality of life of the folks whose lives I'm subsidizing.
I realize not every one of those subsidized people fall into the category of "living the dream on somebody else's wages", but enough do for me to
have a very bitter, spiteful viewpoint on the system. I don't want trickle down, I don't want trickle up, I want a world where a man negotiates
what he and his employer agree is a fair wage, and then works for that wage, afterward not having to deal with a series of grubby mitts reaching into
his wallet and pocket, that man retains his wage to utilize as he sees fit. I believe in Darwinian economic theory: If someone cannot support
themself, then that is a personal problem, not the concerns of the masses and certainly not a reason to start grubbing in every wage earner's pocket
demanding their blood, sweat, and tears to subsidize yet another person's responsibilities.