It looks like you're using an Ad Blocker.
Please white-list or disable AboveTopSecret.com in your ad-blocking tool.
Some features of ATS will be disabled while you continue to use an ad-blocker.
Originally posted by mnemeth1
Making State employees “pay taxes” helps the State hide the fact that State employees are a net drain on the productive sector of the economy. It also makes State employees feel like their jobs are legitimate, when in fact they are not.
Originally posted by Essan
So your Senator should pay no taxes, despite earning more a year than you will in a few lifetimes?
I think public employees shoukd pay twice as much tax as the rest of us. After all, we're paying their wages ....
The lesson to be learned from all of this is that the State is a criminal organization, and because it is a criminal organization, it will act like a criminal organization in attempting to hide its theft from public scrutiny.
Originally posted by dolphinfan
reply to post by AP-Chris
The notion is that there would be pressure placed on the state, since non-state workers would increasingly outraged by the notion that underperforming folks were not paying taxes. It would eliminate this "we pay taxes like everyone else" nonsense spouted by state employees.
As far as a state making profits, no they don't, anymore than a loan shark does. A state should have a tax policy which enables it to cover its outstanding obligations.
Should a state have a surplus, it merely means that they have over taxed the public. That money should be given back to the tax payers proportunately based on how much tax that individual paid. There is no legitimate reason for a state to carry a surplus. I'd grant perhaps a small isolated pool of money to cover natural disasters, but that money would only be able to be released by a super majority of both components of the state government and signed by the government. It would also be a calculated amount based on real actuarial data that would be based on real disaster data.
Originally posted by AP-Chris
This is a stupid concept.
Either everyone should pay taxes or no one should. You can't pick and choose who pays taxes based on who their employer is.
As an employer the "State" already does not have to pay taxes on profits like a corporation does and, yes, the state does take profits. In Texas, our state ran an $8 billion surplus. The state didn't pay federal taxes for that profit and they didn't return the money to the taxpayer. Instead they used the money to create more government that they would eventually have to tax us more to support.
Also, there should be no unionization of state employess since, working for the state, they already receive benifits in excess of most privately employed citizens.