a reply to: network dude
Every person in the United States needs to read that story and thoroughly understand it.
Our economic woes started under FDR with his "New Deal." People were destitute and he promised that by making the government bigger, people could have
more money. So we got Social Security, which spawned SNAP, Medicaid, Medicare, Welfare, Subsidized Housing, etc., etc., etc. Every new program made
the government bigger and gave the poor people more money, which meant taxes on the wealthy increased to pay for both. Every time someone complained
about the costs, they were accused being "against the poor," whatever that means. So the government grew, the poor became completely dependent on
government subsidies, and the amount of money needed to fund everything increased exponentially.
Now it's coming close to the breaking point. Our National Debt is so high, we have to keep finding new ways to just pay the interest on the debt, and
still fund both the subsidies and the bloated government behind them. So how do we do that? People scream about raising taxes any farther, so we have
to find the money elsewhere: less VA benefits to our soldiers, cut corners on making that government-subsidized housing livable, make it harder for
people to qualify for programs, and - the most sinister of all - demonize those evil rich people. Keep the focus of the people on the 'rich,' not on
the government that is causing the issue.
It's easy to do, because there are always rich people. There is no standard definition of what makes someone 'rich.' 'Rich' is just someone, anyone,
who makes more than we do. To a destitute guy, everyone in the middle class is rich. To the middle class, doctors and lawyers and engineers are rich.
To them, business owners and high-level investors are rich. And it just keeps going. To me, the people who are causing this mess, our leaders, are
rich... and worse, their only contribution to society seems to be causing uproar.
Take the cost of gas, for instance. Gasoline is taxed during raw material import/acquisition, taxed and regulated during the refinery process, taxed
again as it is finalized with additives, taxed while it is being transported, and then taxed at the pump when people buy it. Overall, gas taxes
(including both hidden and direct taxes) are likely over 50% of the cost of gas! But when confronted with paying high prices at the pump, do people
look at the government, which adds absolutely nothing to the product? No! They blame those mean, evil oil companies for charging so much, despite the
fact that were it not for oil companies, there would be no cars, no highways, no airplanes, and precious few ships!
This is by design, people. Every time the cost of oil drops enough to lower gas prices, the governments respond by raising taxes. So when oil drops by
20%, gas only drops by 10%... the rest is gas taxes being hiked up again. When oil prices return to normal, does gas return to normal pricing? No! It
goes up 10% higher than it was before the price drop, thanks to taxes. So fuel costs go up, and every company in the nation has to raise their prices
to reflect their extra cost of shipping things to the local big box store, which means inflation, which means more excise tax (it's a percentage of
the price, after all), which raises wages so people can keep up with inflation, which raises income taxes (again, a percentage), and on and on and
And when the companies can't afford to raise their wages any more? Then people working for them get on government assistance. That means the
government gets bigger and more taxes are needed to support not just the extra people needing help, but an even larger government bureaucracy. So we
have to raise taxes. Who do we raise them on? Not everyone, of course... we raise them on those mean rich guys who can 'afford it' because they have
to be doing something wrong to allow all this poverty.
And no one questions the government that provides absolutely nothing. And the government likes it that way.