reply to post by MightyQuincunx
You are not going to be convinced about what I have to say, so this is not an attempt to change your mind. But the fact is you are over-stating your
case considerably. You consumed a great deal during the week that you are blowing off as if it didn't exist.
Payroll tax $157.50 (that will never be returned)
Correct. Maybe it went to buy an A-10 Warthog, or maybe the GSA spent it on a lavish party. But tell me, was your town invaded this week by a group of
mercenaries with machetes used to chop off your limbs? Were your neighbors slaughtered in the town square by an idiot with C-4 strapped to his torso
who committed suicide and took a bunch of your relatives with him? Were you executed by the army because you wear glasses and that is a sign of
weakness? Did you sleep peacefully this week without worry? Just wondering.
• Paid electric bill and the usage tax was $16.50
So you had electricity on at your house all week then, right? I'll bet you had running water, too. And your house was plenty warm. Toilets working
okay? You do know that almost 2 billion people in the world do not have electricity.
• Bought a plane ticket for my wife to go visit family. Airport taxes over $35
And yet your wife saw her family! That's great. 200 years ago King George did not have the luxury of air transportation you do today. The cost of
getting him the same distance your wife flew would have been more than a year's worth of your paychecks. Yet you did it for a couple hundred bucks.
You get to fly not out of necessity, but just for a visit! That's luxury.
• Deposited small amount into savings account, will inevitably pay taxes on interest accrued.
Yet the principal is tax-paid money for you to do with as you please. And interest these days. well, let's just say you won't be paying many taxes on
a 1% CD.
• Bought skateboard deck for my son and paid sales tax of $7
Yet he was "jazzed" about it and derived X amount of pleasure from it. It was a discretionary purchase on your part. Glad you could do it, spend a
hundred bucks for a piece of sculpted wood that didn't even come with its own set of wheels. Thanks, Dad!
• Trip to grocery store, taxable items were taxed a total of $4
So, then. You had food to eat this week! Since you mention "taxable items" I assume the food itself was not taxed at all, same as in my state.
• Filled my car for the week (20 gal. gas) paid $0.534 per gallon in taxes for my state(!) total tax paid: $10.68
So you paid for your transportation this week. I'll bet at least some of those taxes go to pay for the roads you drive on. Or would you prefer dirt
roads with no upkeep? No county roadgraders to help you out? No snowplows. Nobody to scrape up the bodies after a DUI. How do you think that stuff
gets paid for? Pixie dust?
• Paid cell phone bill (family plan) usage tax $18
The magic of Star Trek come to life, everyone in your household with their own, personal telephone. Those taxes likely are collected by your small
town, mostly. It's one of the ways they raise money to keep all those city departments like fire and police able to respond when you call 911.
Now, I guess you can see where I’m going with this. $248.68 of my $750 paycheck is gone. That represents 1/3 of the money I worked all week
for. The only asset besides a small amount of savings, is a skateboard deck, which will inevitably be broken in the next month or so. So I got nothing
for my $248.68. This is infuriating.
Yet for that entire week you lived in peace, ate your meals, heated your house, went anywhere you wanted to go, did whatever you thought you had to do
in that wonderful small town you live in, which managed to keep the street light lit and the water flowing, disposed of your sewage, etc.
You know, several billion people live on $1.25 a day in this world. Their lifespans are shorter than yours because they are ravaged by disease. They
have no clean water, no sanitation, no medical care. They are malnourished and under threat of starvation. They have scoured their land of every
available scrap of fire wood. there isn't any left. Their "government," for all practical purposes, does not exist. they never know when a party of
their "fellow citizens" is going to burn down their village because some scumbag warlord is trying to "liberate" them.
You, sir, are rich. You are living a plentiful life with luxuries you completely fail to recognize. You have discretionary income with which you buy
frivolous things. Your tax rate is among the lowest in the first world. Try living in Sweden or Denmark and see what kind of taxes you pay.
And you want your money back?
Like I said. I'm not going to argue with you. I'm just going to answer your demand.
edit on 4/14/2012 by schuyler because: (no reason given)