Do You Hate Taxes? You Are Not Alone…

At this time of the year, millions of Americans are rushing to file their taxes at the last minute, and we are once again reminded just how nightmarish our system of taxation has become.  I studied tax law when I was in law school, and it is one of the most mind-numbing areas of study that you could possibly imagine.  At this point, the U.S. tax code is somewhere around 4 million words long, which is more than four times longer than all of William Shakespeare’s works put together.  And even if you could somehow read the entire tax code, it is constantly changing, and so those that prepare taxes for a living are constantly relearning the rules.  It has been said that Americans spend more than 6 billion hours preparing their taxes each year, and Politifact has rated this claim as true.  We have a system that is as ridiculous as it is absurd, and the truth is that we don’t even need it.  In fact, the greatest period of economic growth in all of U.S. history was when there was no income tax at all.  Why anyone would want to perpetuate this tortuous system is beyond me, and yet we keep sending politicians to Washington D.C. that just keep making this system even more complicated and even more burdensome.

If you hate taxes, you are far from alone.  According to NBC News, here are some of the things that Americans would rather do than pay taxes…

Six percent would rather sell a kidney, eight percent would rather name their first-born “Taxes,” and 11 percent would rather spend three years cleaning the bathrooms at noro-torious Chipotle.

Of course our system was never intended to be like this anyway.  Our founders hated taxes, and they fought a very bitter war to escape the yoke of oppressive taxation.  During his very first inaugural address, Thomas Jefferson clearly expressed what he thought about taxes…

A wise and frugal government… shall restrain men from injuring one another, shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government.

Why couldn’t we have listened to him?

When the federal income tax was originally introduced a little more than a century ago, most Americans were taxed at a rate of only 1 percent.

But of course once they get their feet in the door, the social planners always want more, and today we are being taxed into oblivion.  Below, I would like to share with you three quick facts about our taxes that come from the Tax Foundation

-This year, Tax Freedom Day falls on April 24, or 114 days into the year (excluding Leap Day).

-Americans will pay $3.3 trillion in federal taxes and $1.6 trillion in state and local taxes, for a total bill of almost $5.0 trillion, or 31 percent of the nation’s income.

-Americans will collectively spend more on taxes in 2016 than they will on food, clothing, and housing combined.

That last statistic is a huge sore point with me.

How can anyone argue that we are not a socialist society when the government takes more of our money than we spend on food, clothing and housing combined?

What they are doing to us is deeply wrong and it is fundamentally un-American.

And of course the elite have the resources to be able to hire very expensive tax attorneys that help them manipulate the game in their favor.  At the end of the day, many extremely wealthy Americans end up paying a much lower percentage of their income to the government than you or I do.

For example, just consider what the Clintons have been doing

The Clintons and their family foundation have at least five shell companies registered to the address 1209 North Orange Street in Wilmington, Delaware — which is also home to some 280,000 other companies who use the location to take advantage of the state’s low taxes, limited disclosure requirements, and other business incentives.

Two of the five are tied to Bill and Hillary Clinton specifically. One, WJC, LLC, is used by the former president to collect his consulting fees. The other, ZFS Holdings, LLC, was used by the former secretary of state to process her $5.5 million book advance from Simon & Schuster. Three additional shell companies belong to the Clinton Foundation.

One could argue that they are simply “playing the game”, but why do we have to play such a complicated game in the first place?

Another thing that frustrates me is how our tax money is being wasted.  Speaking of the Clintons, did you know that Bill Clinton still receives close to a million dollars from the federal government every year?  Since he left office in 2001, he has been given approximately 16 million of our tax dollars.

Does that seem right to you?

Of course there are other examples that should make us all sick as well.  Tens of millions of our tax dollars have been spent on Obama vacations, and Planned Parenthood received 528 million taxpayer dollars in one recent year.

Our system is deeply, deeply broken, but I am under no illusion that it will change any time soon.  It will probably just continue to roll along until it eventually collapses under its own weight.

And of course it isn’t just income taxes that I am talking about.  Our politicians have become masters at inventing ways to extract money from all of us.  If you doubt this, just look at the list that I have shared below.  It comes from my previous article entitled “A List Of 97 Taxes Americans Pay Every Year“, and it shows how the politicians are squeezing money out of us in just about every way that you can imagine…

#1 Air Transportation Taxes (just look at how much you were charged the last time you flew)

#2 Biodiesel Fuel Taxes

#3 Building Permit Taxes

#4 Business Registration Fees

#5 Capital Gains Taxes

#6 Cigarette Taxes

#7 Court Fines (indirect taxes)

#8 Disposal Fees

#9 Dog License Taxes

#10 Drivers License Fees (another form of taxation)

#11 Employer Health Insurance Mandate Tax

#12 Employer Medicare Taxes

#13 Employer Social Security Taxes

#14 Environmental Fees

#15 Estate Taxes

#16 Excise Taxes On Comprehensive Health Insurance Plans

#17 Federal Corporate Taxes

#18 Federal Income Taxes

#19 Federal Unemployment Taxes

#20 Fishing License Taxes

#21 Flush Taxes (yes, this actually exists in some areas)

#22 Food And Beverage License Fees

#23 Franchise Business Taxes

#24 Garbage Taxes

#25 Gasoline Taxes

#26 Gift Taxes

#27 Gun Ownership Permits

#28 Hazardous Material Disposal Fees

#29 Highway Access Fees

#30 Hotel Taxes (these are becoming quite large in some areas)

#31 Hunting License Taxes

#32 Import Taxes

#33 Individual Health Insurance Mandate Taxes

#34 Inheritance Taxes

#35 Insect Control Hazardous Materials Licenses

#36 Inspection Fees

#37 Insurance Premium Taxes

#38 Interstate User Diesel Fuel Taxes

#39 Inventory Taxes

#40 IRA Early Withdrawal Taxes

#41 IRS Interest Charges (tax on top of tax)

#42 IRS Penalties (tax on top of tax)

#43 Library Taxes

#44 License Plate Fees

#45 Liquor Taxes

#46 Local Corporate Taxes

#47 Local Income Taxes

#48 Local School Taxes

#49 Local Unemployment Taxes

#50 Luxury Taxes

#51 Marriage License Taxes

#52 Medicare Taxes

#53 Medicare Tax Surcharge On High Earning Americans Under Obamacare

#54 Obamacare Individual Mandate Excise Tax (if you don’t buy “qualifying” health insurance under Obamacare you will have to pay an additional tax)

#55 Obamacare Surtax On Investment Income (a new 3.8% surtax on investment income)

#56 Parking Meters

#57 Passport Fees

#58 Professional Licenses And Fees (another form of taxation)

#59 Property Taxes

#60 Real Estate Taxes

#61 Recreational Vehicle Taxes

#62 Registration Fees For New Businesses

#63 Toll Booth Taxes

#64 Sales Taxes

#65 Self-Employment Taxes

#66 Sewer & Water Taxes

#67 School Taxes

#68 Septic Permit Taxes

#69 Service Charge Taxes

#70 Social Security Taxes

#71 Special Assessments For Road Repairs Or Construction

#72 Sports Stadium Taxes

#73 State Corporate Taxes

#74 State Income Taxes

#75 State Park Entrance Fees

#76 State Unemployment Taxes (SUTA)

#77 Tanning Taxes (a new Obamacare tax on tanning services)

#78 Telephone 911 Service Taxes

#79 Telephone Federal Excise Taxes

#80 Telephone Federal Universal Service Fee Taxes

#81 Telephone Minimum Usage Surcharge Taxes

#82 Telephone State And Local Taxes

#83 Telephone Universal Access Taxes

#84 The Alternative Minimum Tax

#85 Tire Recycling Fees

#86 Tire Taxes

#87 Tolls (another form of taxation)

#88 Traffic Fines (indirect taxation)

#89 Use Taxes (Out of state purchases, etc.)

#90 Utility Taxes

#91 Vehicle Registration Taxes

#92 Waste Management Taxes

#93 Water Rights Fees

#94 Watercraft Registration & Licensing Fees

#95 Well Permit Fees

#96 Workers Compensation Taxes

#97 Zoning Permit Fees

So after reading all of this, are you still satisfied with how our present system operates?

Please feel free to share what you think by posting a comment below…

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  • JohnDille

    I AM NOT PARANOID… THAT IS A RIGHT WING REPUBLICAN THING! I AM A REALIST WHO IS VERY AWARE OF MANY OF THE MOST RELEVANT ECONOMIC FACTS OF LIFE…. AND THAT IS A VERY LIBERAL THING! YOU… ON THE OTHER HAND, ARE JUST ANOTHER DENIZEN OF THAT INFAMOUS REPUBLICAN FANTASY WORLD… WHERE EVERYONE HAS AN EQUAL SHOT… WHERE LOW INCOME BLACK GUYS CAN MAKE IT JUST AS BIG AS THE SONS OF SUPER RICH WHITE GUYS… THE HANDFUL OF RICH BLACK SPORTS AND PERFORMANCE STARS EXCLUDED, OF COURSE… AND WHERE EVEN POOR WORKING CLASS WAGE SLAVES ROUTINELY PLAY GOLF!!! YOU INSIST ON DENYING OFTEN VERY GRIM REALITIES… AND INSERT YOUR REPUBLICAN POLLYANNA STYLE FANTASIES IN THEIR PLACE…. AND THEN YOU TRY TO BROW BEAT ANYONE WHO TRIES TO SET YOU STRAIGHT!!! A VERY REPUBLICAN THING TO DO… EVEN THOUGH YOU… OF COURSE… ARE NOT A REPUBLICAN!!! YOU JUST WALK LIKE A REPUBLICAN DUCK, AND QUACK LIKE A REPUBLICAN DUCK, BUT BEYOND THAT… YOU ARE NOT A REPUBLICAN… OR DEMOCRAT… OR ANYTHING ELSE, APPARENTLY!!! EXCEPT A MEDIOCRE GOLFER WHO HANGS AROUND WITH OTHER MEDIOCRITIES BECAUSE IT ALLOWS YOU TO SWAP STORIES ABOUT THOSE ENVIOUS LIBERAL DEMOCRATS WHO JUST DO NOT BUY INTO YOUR RIGHT WING FANTASIES!!!

  • Joe Cabot

    You are right. Everyone is out to get you.

  • JohnDille

    YEAH… ALL THE WEALTHY PEOPLE… IN THIS CASE, GOLFERS… IN YOUR REPUBLICAN FANTASY WORLD ARE JUST ORDINARY EVERY DAY WORKING PEOPLE… MAKING THEIR BIG BUCKS BY SLAVE DRIVING THE REAL WORKING PEOPLE… WHOM THEY PAY BARELY ENOUGH TO LIVE ON… IF THAT!!! THERE ARE TWO GOLF COURSES IN THIS CITY, AND WHEN I COULD STILL WALK NORMALLY, I WOULD WALK BY THEM QUITE FREQUENTLY… AND SEE THE BIG PICKUP TRUCKS AND NICE LATE MODEL CARS SITTING IN THE PARKING LOTS…NEVER MIND THE NICE, AND EXPENSIVE, GOLF CARTS A LOT OF THOSE FOLKS LIKE TO DRIVE AROUND… ALL TESTAMENTS TO THE HIGH INCOMES NEEDED TO BE A MEMBER OF THE LOCAL ECONOMIC ELITE…. MOST OF WHOM ARE ALSO GOLFERS WHO LIKE TO PLAY GOLF WITH THEIR BUDDIES… WHILE THEIR SLAVES ARE DOING ALL THE REAL WORK THAT MAKE THE ECONOMIC ELITE SO RICH AND POWERFUL!!! AND IT JUST SO HAPPENS THAT BOTH GOLF COURSES ARE SURROUNDED BY REALLY NICE… AND OFTEN VERY EXPENSIVE… HOMES OWNED MOSTLY BY MEMBERS OF THAT ECONOMIC… AND POLITICAL… AND SOCIAL… ELITE!!!THIS IS A VERY HEAVILY REPUBLICAN AREA, AFTER ALL!!! SO… SPEW YOUR REPUBLICAN FANTASIES ALL YOU WANT! BUT I… AND MOST REAL WORKING PEOPLE… WOULD NOT BE FOOLED… AT ALL… BY YOUR BALONEY!!! GOLF IS FOR FAIRLY WEALTHY PEOPLE… PERIOD!!! NO CLASS ENVY… JUST PLAIN HARD FACT!!! AND PRETTY MUCH EVERYONE KNOWS THAT!!!

  • Joe Cabot

    Go to any municipal golf course in America, and this is the only type that I frequent, and you will find pretty much nothing but people from the working class. I meet guys from all walks of the business and industry, guys coming off of a shift at a local plant, guys who own their own business and do all types of manual labor, and plenty who punch a clock for a living.

  • JohnDille

    SO… THAT IS HOW YOU MAKE YOUR MILLIONS??? HANGING OUT WITH YOUR BUDDIES ON THE GOLF COURSE, WHILE YOUR EMPLOYEES DO ALL THE ACTUAL WORK??? I THOUGHT SO!!! BUT… YOU WOULD HAVE LOST YOUR BET… BECAUSE ALL I DID WAS POINT OUT THAT ONLY FAIRLY WEALTHY PEOPLE CAN AFORD TO PLAY GOLF… WHICH EVERYONE… EXCEPT YOU RICH PEOPLE… ALREADY KNOW! AND I NEVER ONCE SAID… WOE IS ME… I SIMPLY POINTED OUT THE REALITY THAT WORKING CLASS PEOPLE CANNOT AFFORD THE TIME OR THE EXPENSE OF PLAYING GOLF… AND EVERYONE ALREADY KNOWS THAT, AS WELL!!! OUT OF ALL THE MANY MANY DOZENS OF PEOPLE I KNOW, I ONLY KNOW ONE WHO USED TO GOLF… BUT EVEN HE HAS HUNG UP HIS CLEATS BECAUSE HE IS DISGUSTED WITH THE SOARING COST OF PLAYING… AND EVEN MORE DISGUSTED WITH ALL THE SELF CENTERED REPUBLICANS THAT SPEND A LOT OF THEIR TIME GOLFING… AND DRINKING… INSTEAD OF WORKING! HE IS AN OLD LINE REPUBLICAN… HE ACTUALLY CAME FROM A FAMILY THAT CREATED THEIR OWN BUSINESS… 70 AND 80 YEARS AGO.. BUT STILL!!!

  • Joe Cabot

    Tried to make a bet with some of the others that hang out here that not only would you filibuster the topic of golf, but that the payoff would double if you (1) played the class envy card or (2) found time to mix in at least one “woe is me” reference. No one took the bet. Wise decision by every one of them.

  • JohnDille

    GOLFING IS A RICH MAN’S SPORT!!! BUT I HAVE HUNDREDS OF GOLF BALLS THAT I HAVE COLLECTED OVER THE YEARS. I FIND THEM EVERYWHERE! STRANGELY ENOUGH, MY WIFE… WHO WAS BORN AND RAISED IN THE PHILLIPPINES AND WAS A MAID IN HONG KONG… USED TO BE ABLE TO GOLF PRETTY GOOD. SHE WORKED ON A GOLF COURSE IN THE PHILIPPINES FOR ABOUT 10 YEARS, AND SOME OF HER CO-WORKERS TAUGHT HER HOW TO PLAY. WHEN SHE FIRST CAME HERE, I TRIED TO GET HER TO GO PLAY ON AMERICAN COURSES, BECAUSE I KNEW IT WOULD ALLOW HER TO RUB SHOULDERS WITH WEALTHY AND INFLUENTIAL PEOPLE… AND MAYBE THAT WOULD GET HER A DECENT JOB. BUT… WE COULD NOT EVEN COME CLOSE TO AFFORDING THE FEES… NEVER MIND THE EQUIPMENT… SO ALL WE EVER DID WITH HER SKILL WAS SHE TRIED TO TEACH ME HOW TO TEE OFF!!! SHE COULD DRIVE BALLS MAYBE 150 TO 200 YARDS… AND AFTER AWHILE, I COULD HIT MAYBE ONE BALL IN 20 STRAIGHT ENOUGH TO STAY ON A FAIRWAY. BUT… THERE USED TO BE A LOT OF UNDEVELOPED AREAS AROUND HERE WHERE WE COULD GO TO HIT BALLS… BUT THOSE OPEN AND ACCESSABLE AREAS ARE ALL LONG GONE. THEY HAVE A DRIVING RANGE CLOSE TO WHERE WE USED TO LIVE…. BUT… NO TIME… NO MONEY…. NO GOLF… OR ANYTHING ELSE, REALLY!!! JUST ANOTHER OF THOSE GRIM REALITIES OF LIFE, I GUESS! NOT THAT I WOULD EVER WANT TO WALK AROUND CHASING BALLS ALL OVER THE PLACE… BUT IT IS FUN TO SWING A GOOD DRIVER AND ACTUALLY PUT A BALL INTO LOW EARTH ORBIT EVERY ONCE IN AWHILE!

  • Joe Cabot

    You and I should go golfing one day soon. Get your mind off the world’s troubles for a few hours.

  • JohnDille

    Gerawan workers are asking your help again over the recent pesticide spraying by a neighboring farmer that occurred at the giant tree fruit company. More than 15,000 UFW supporters signed a petition urging Fresno County’s Agricultural Commissioner to quickly investigate the pesticide incident. The government agency’s reply? The investigation could take up to two years.

    Gerawan Worker Augustin Garcia tells us: “I’m frustrated. This is the second time I’ve seen workers poisoned with pesticides while working at Gerawan. My co-workers were clear that Gerawan did not try right away to protect me or my fellow workers. Because of this on March 15, I took part in a demonstration at the office of the Fresno County Ag Commissioner. We gave them a petition that was signed by over 15,000 people asking them to immediately investigate the poisoning. I was one of two workers who was allowed into the office to talk to them.

    “I was very disappointed with the Ag Commissioner office’s answer. They told me they were already investigating, that Gerawan wasn’t the one who sprayed the pesticides. Worst of all, they told me that cases about pesticides can take up to two years to investigate. Two years? It’s like farm worker lives aren’t important to the officials who are supposed to protect us. What if this happens again? Next time, it could be me.

    “This is wrong and we need to make them move faster. We need to be protected. It’s frustrating. I feel like we’re not important to them — but if they don’t protect us, who will?”

    Nicholas Landa is also frustrated. He was one of the Gerawan workers exposed to pesticides on Feb. 22. Nicholas shared: “This is what happened to me: On Feb. 22, my crew and other Gerawan crews were pruning peaches. Then we were hit by pesticides when a neighboring farm began spraying right by where we were eating our lunch. Instead of moving us away or providing us an opportunity to wash our eyes or change our clothes, the supervisors at Gerawan sent us back into the fields to work again, as if nothing happened. We wanted to keep our jobs so we did as we were told to do.

    ‘It wasn’t until an hour and a half later the foreman told us to leave the field because a car was going to take us to the office. Here we saw a doctor. I told him my head hurt, my eyes burned and I felt sick to my stomach. He checked my eyes, my mouth and my pulse and told me everything was fine since the pesticide that was sprayed was organic and wasn’t dangerous. Afterwards, we were taken back to the fields and returned to work.

    ‘Nobody gave me the names of the pesticides. I asked Gerawan and it took days for me to find out we were sprayed with Regalia, BioLink Boron Fertilizer and Goemar MZ ‘O’. All three of these chemicals have warning labels warning people to get help right away if we breathe them in or our eyes are irritated after coming in contact with them. But Gerawan did not do this. Instead they sent us back into the fields to work.”

    Gerawan workers can’t wait two years for the investigation. As Augustin told us, “What if this happens again? Next time, it could be me.”
    DANG EXCUSES AND ALIBIS FROM OUT HERE IN THE REAL WORLD!!! WHY DON’T ALL THOSE DEAD BEAT ORDINARY PEOPLE STOP COMPLAINING AND JUST GET BACK TO WORK!!! WE BILLIONAIRES CAN’T MAKE MILLIONS OF DOLLARS PER WEEK UNLESS THOSE PEONS ARE OUT THERE BUSTING THEIR BUTTS… BUT ALL WE GET IS ALIBIS AND EXCUSES!!!

  • JohnDille

    THAT SET OF ENCYCLOPEDIAS IS THE RULE BOOK OUT HERE IN THE REAL WORLD!!! OUT HERE IN THE REAL WORLD, PEOPLE HAVE PROBLEMS AND IMPEDIMENTS AND BARRIERS THAT SELF CENTERED AND ARROGANT PEOPLE LIKE YOU CONSIDER TO BE ALIBIS AND EXCUSES! BUT WE FOOLISH ORDINARY FOLKS SEE THOSE PROBLEMS AND BARRIERS AND IMPEDIMENTS AS VERY REAL… AND USUALLY TOO EXPENSIVE OR TOO DIFFICULT TO SURMOUNT… WITH ZERO GUANTANTEED BENEFITS FOR HAVING DONE SO!!! MANY LOW INCOME FOLKS MAY BE FOOLED BY THE BALONEY COMING OUT OF THE REAR ENDS OF YOU RICH FOLKS TO RISK WHATEVER TIME AND MONEY THEY MIGHT HAVE ON OVERCOMING THOSE IMPEDIMENTS!!! SO, SOME OF THEM WORK HARD, TAKE BIG RISKS, SPEND WHAT LITTLE MONEY THEY HAVE… ALL TO OVERCOME THOSE REAL WORLD IMPEDIMENTS! BUT, ALL THAT MOST OF THEM WILL EVER HAVE TO SHOW FOR THEIR EFFORTS IS…. JOBS FLIPPING BURGERS OR STOCKING SHELVES OR WORKING OUT IN THE HELLISH WEATHER OR ROLLING OLD RICH FOLKS OVER IN THEIR NURSING HOME BEDS…. AND THE HOPELSSLY LOW WAGES THAT GO WITH ALL THOSE TENS OF MILLIONS OF HOPELESS DEAD END JOBS!!! WONDERFUL RESULTS…. BILLIONAIRES AND THEIR BRAINLESS REPUBLICAN PUPPETS ARE VERY PLEASED WITH THEM!!!

  • Joe Cabot

    Nah, you confused your rule book with your encyclopedia of alibis and excuses.

  • JohnDille

    WELL… YOU IDIOT RIGHT WINGERS ARE SOO ARROGANT AND SELF CENTERED AND STUPID THAT YOU WOULD NOT KNOW THE TRUTH IF IT WALKED UP AND PUNCHED YOU IN THE NOSE! BUT THE COLD HARD TRUTH IS…. YOU RICH RIGHT WINGERS AND PUPPETS OF RICH RIGHT WINGERS HAVE DESTROYED WHAT USED TO BE A REALLY GREAT NATION! AND YOU HAVE SUCCEEDED IN BLAMING THAT ON LIBERALS AND OTHER DEMOCRATS, EVEN THOUGH MOST OF THE DAMAGE HAS BEEN DONE BY REPUBLICANS… DELIBERATELY AND KNOWINGLY!!! IF YOU THINK I AM ANGRY…. JUST OPEN UP YOUR EYES AND ACTUALLY LOOK AROUND…. I AM NO WHERE NEAR AS ANGRY AS TENS OF MILLIONS OF WORKING PEOPLE WHO HAVE BEEN ROBBED BLIND AND BULLIED ENDLESSLY BY YOUR RICH REPUBLICAN MASTERS. AND THE ONLY THING SAVING YOUR RICH MASTERS FROM GETTING LYNCHED BY THE TENS OF THOSUANDS IS…. MILLIONS OF THE VICTIMS OF REPUBLICAN PREDATIONS ARE STUPID REPUBLICAN PUPPETS WHO ARE TOO DUMB TO REALIZE THEY ARE SUPPORTING THEIR OWN JAILERS AND EXECUTIONERS!!!

  • JohnDille

    THAT WRONG RULE BOOK IS THE ONLY ONE AVAILABLE TO MOST OF US ORDINARY FOLKS!!! SORT OF LIKE THE SEPERATE BUT EQUAL EDUCATIONAL SYSTEM USED IN THE OLD SOUTH TO KEEP BLACKS AND POOR WHITES IN THEIR PLACE!!! THE UPPER INCOME WHITES GOT EASY ACCESS TO HALF WAY DECENT EDUCATIONS… WHILE BLACKS AND POOR WHITES GOT TO READ OUTDATED TEXTBOOKS… IF THEY WERE STILL LEGIBLE… IN THE SHEDS THEY CALLED SCHOOLS…. AND HAD TO MAKE DO WITH OBSOLETE AND USUALLY CRUMBLING INFRASTRUCTURE!!! AND YEAH… I SAW ALL OF THAT… FRST HAND… IN A NUMBER OF PLACES IN THE SOUTH. THE REPUBLICAN FANTASY WORLD OF TODAY IS JUST THE MODERN UPDATED ALL OVER AMERICA VERSION OF THAT OLD SOUTHERN SEPERATE BUT EQUAL JIM CROW SYSTEM!!! WHICH EXPLAINS WHY REPUBLICANS HAVE GOTTEN SO AGGRESSIVE IN CRAMMING THAT SYSTEM DOWN OUR THROATS…. THEY SEE THE OPPORTUNITY OF A LIFETIME TO TOTALLY INSTITUTIONALIZE THAT SYSTEM… ALL OVER AMERICA…. FOR GENERATIONS TO COME!!! MAKE IT TOTALLY STANDARD, SO NO ONE… ESPECIALLY NOT THOSE EVIL LIBERAL DEMOCRATS… CAN EVER CHANGE THAT SYSTEM, THEY WAY THEY DID… OR TRIED HARD TO DO… BACK DURING THE CIVIL RIGHTS ERA!!!

  • JohnDille

    YEAH… RICH FOLKS OUGHT TO BE ABLE TO STEAL WHATEVER THEY WANT, AND MAKE USE OF ALL THE RESOURCES AND INFRASTRUCTURE… PHYSICAL AND SOCIAL AND POLITICAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL… TOTALLY FOR FREE!!! THEY OUGHT TO BE ALLOWED TO EXTRACT RTRILLIONS PER YEAR… WITHOUT HAVING TO PAY A PENNY TO BUILD, MAINTAIN, OR OPERATE ALL OF THE INFRASTRUCTURE AND RESOURCES THAT THEY USE TO MAKE THEMSELVES RICH!!!

  • James

    For some reason, which might be brought to light with the proper therapy, you are full of hate and envy for those more productive & successful than yourself. Possibly you have been brainwashed by the class envy and divisive rhetoric of left wingers and the mass media. I am sorry for your misguided bitterness and hope you get yourself on a more positive track. By the way, I do not watch any mass media &. I would never register with either of the monopolistic parties.
    You are losing your freedom every day by increasing increments. All of your communications are monitored, which has grown exponentially under the OBama administration. As big government eliminates cash, all of your activities will be monitored and recorded. These are just a small prelude to a one world government.
    Wish you well.

  • Joe Cabot

    And, after all this time, we discover your problem. You got your hands on the wrong book of rules.

  • JohnDille

    FIRST RULE OF SURVIVAL OUT HERE IN THE REAL WORLD… EXPECT THAT THE HARDER YOU WORK, THE LOWER YOUR PAY WILL BE, RELATIVE TO YOUR EFFORTS! SECOND RULE OF SURVIVAL… DO NOT EXPECT THAT TO EVER CHANGE, NO MATTER WHAT YOU DO!!! ONLY THE RICH ARE ALLOWED TO GET THOSE RELATIVELY EASY JOBS WHERE PEOPLE CAN SIT AT A DESK AND MAKE 5 AND TIMES AND MORE… AFTER ALL TAXES… THAN WHAT WE ORDINARY FOLKS ARE ALLOWED TO MAKE!!! IF YOU ARE BORN IN THE RIGHT AREAS TO THE RIGHT PARENTS, AND IF THINGS GO WELL… YOU, TOO, CAN GET A DECENT JOB WITH GOOD PAY, AND WON’T HAVE TO KILL YOURSELF TO MAKE A GOOD LIFE FOR YOURSELF AND YOUR FAMILY! BUT… MOSTLY THOSE KINDS OF JOBS AND BUSINESSES ARE ONLY AVAILABLE TO THE WEALTHY REPUBLICANS WHO TOTALLY OWN AND CONTROL AMERICA. SO… UNLESS YOU WANT TO HUMILIATE YOURSELF AND WORK EXTRA HARD FOR NOTHING… YOU MAY AS WELL NOT EVEN TRY TO GET INTO THAT REPUBLICAN FANTASY WORLD!!! BECAUSE UNLESS YOU HAVE GOOD CONTACTS, AND/OR JUST PLAIN GET LUCKY… YOU AIN’T GETTING INTO THAT WORLD!!! ONE CAN LIVE THERE BY SPECIAL INVITATION ONLY!!! RICH TOTAL IDIOTS LIKE DONALD TRUMP… AND JOE CABOT… ARE WELCOME IN THAT FANTASY WORLD! MOST WORKING PEOPLE DEFINITELY ARE NOT!!!

  • Joe Cabot

    Your definition of ordinary is why plenty of us worked to obtain the skillset so that we wouldn’t have to be ordinary. As far as your definition of working people, that is a slap in the face to successful working people everywhere. Plenty of of folks work extremely hard so they don’t make their families just get by. Maybe you and your crowd are just doing it wrong.

  • JohnDille

    By Alana Wise WASHINGTON (Reuters) – At least two-thirds of all active U.S. corporations paid nothing in federal income taxes during the 2006-12 period, despite an income-dependent statutory tax rate of 15 percent to 35 percent, the Government Accountability Office said in a recent report.

    Among large, profitable entities, 19.5 percent paid nothing in federal income taxes in 2012, said the report, which came at the behest of Democratic presidential contender Bernie Sanders, whose campaign circulated the study.

    The report from the nonpartisan federal auditing agency said profitable corporations were able to use tax deductions and incentives to lessen their federal tax burdens in a given year, often bringing their amount paid to zero.

    Profitable corporations, on average, from 2008 to 2012, paid just 14 percent of their earnings, and less than 2% of their gross revenues, in federal income taxes.

    “There is something profoundly wrong in America when one out of five profitable corporations pay nothing in federal income taxes,” Sanders said in a statement. The U.S. senator from Vermont is seeking the Democratic nomination for the Nov. 8 presidential election. Sanders, who trails former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in the Democratic race, has campaigned on a pledge to close corporate tax loopholes.

    (Reporting by Alana Wise; Editing by Peter Cooney)

  • JohnDille

    PEOPLE WHO HAVE TO ACTUALLY WORK FOR A LIVING… WHICH EXCLUDES YOU AND YOUR FELLOW REPUBLICAN FANTASY LIVES MATTER CROWD. BY WORK… I MEAN REAL HONEST TO GOD WORK… WHERE YOU SWEAT REAL SWEAT AND FEEL REAL PAIN IN YOUR MUSCLES AND JOINTS AND EVERYWHERE ELSE… OR WHERE THE TEDIOUSNESS OF YOUR LABORS ARE MIND NUMBING AND SOUL DESTROYING AND HOPELESSLY ENDLESS… AND ALL OF THAT… FOR BARELY EOUGH INCOME TO MEET THE BASIC COSTS OF LIVING!!! THAT IS WHAT I MEAN BY WORKING PEOPLE AND ORDINARY PEOPLE!!! YOU OUGHT TO GO OUT AND MEET THEM SOME TIME… GET OUT OF YOUR FANTASY WORLD FOR A FEW HOURS A WEEK… AND SEE FOR YOUSELF WHAT A NIGHTMARE WORLD YOU A HOLE REPUBLICANS HAVE CREATED FOR ALL THE REST OF US!!!!

  • Joe Cabot

    Please describe ordinary and working people.

  • JohnDille

    AND YOU CAN CONTINUE TO BE JUST ANOTHER GREEDY SELFISH ARROGANT SELF CENTERED REPUBLICAN… WHO LOVES ORDINARY PEOPLE AND WORKING PEOPLE IN THE SAME WAY THAT DONALD TRUMP LOVES MEXICANS AND MUSLIMS!!! AND YOU DO NOT EVEN HAVE TO LEAVE YOUR REPUBLICAN FANTASY WORLD TO DO ALL THAT!!! PERFECT!!!

  • Joe Cabot

    The perfect solution! You continue to tell lies about yourself and anyone who disagrees with you and you pretend that all of your tall tales are facts. You won’t have to change a thing about your posting style.

  • JohnDille

    I HAVE TRIED TO FIND LOTS OF STUFF THAT I KNOW EXISTS, ON THE INTERNET… BUT COULD NOT FIND IT… OR WOULD HAVE HAD TO PAY THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS TO ACCESS IT! SO… YOUR BELIEF THAT PRETTY MUCH EVERYTHING CAN BE FOUND ON THE INTERNET IS BALONEY… PRETTY MUCH LIKE EVERYTHING ELSE YOU BELIEVE. SO… LETS RESOLVE THIS ISSUE IN A SIMPLE WAY…. YOU MAY CONTINUE TO BELIEVE THAT I AM JUST ANOTHER LIBERAL SIMPLETON WHO KNOWS NOTHING OF ACADEMIA, AND WHO HAS NEVER EVEN TRIED TO PUBLISH STUFF….. AND I WILL CONTINUE TO BELIEVE THAT YOU ARE JUST ANOTHER WEALTHY REPUBLICAN WHO GOT THAT WAY BY EXTORTING YOUR FELLOW HUMAN BEINGS!!! WE CAN AGREE TO DISAGREE… DEPITE THE OVERWHELMING EVIDENCE… AT LEAST AS FAR AS I CAN SEE IT… THAT I AM RIGHT AND YOU ARE NOT!!!

  • Mike

    “Freedom Isn’t Free”…… The U.S. is the best country in the world with lower taxes than the most other democracies and you are bitching? Get a clue and a life….. Oh ya, and quit selling out to the wealthiest 3% and and start looking out for the 97% you will sleep better….

  • Joe Cabot

    I love working people. I am one. They are my family, friends, business associates and clients. My only disdain around here is for you and your constant tantrums, accusations, and tall tales. Yet, for all of your obnoxiousness, I believe that even you could be published, but, even in this age of seemingly everything having found a home on the internet, you cannot provide one shred of a byte that would provide some proof of these mysterious documents, just as you have, for months, told me that I am a thief and an extortionist with the only evidence being some thoughts from deep inside your rambling, paranoid, angry mind. You have become the boy who cried wolf, only with substantially more angst and bitterness.

  • JohnDille

    YOU HAVE A DISTINCT AND OBVIOUS DISDAIN OF AND DEEP CONTEMPT FOR ORDINARY WORKING PEOPLE!!! THAT TELLS ME… VERY CLEARLY… THAT YOU ARE NOT ONLY AN ARROGANT AND SELF CENTERED REPUBLICAN, BUT THAT YOU ARE AT LEAST FAIRLY WEALTHY! AND THE ONLY WAY TO GET WEALTHY IS TO CHEAT OTHER PEOPLE… RIPPING OFF YOUR CUSTOMERS AND UNDER PAYING YOUR EMPLOYEES, AND THAT SORT OF THING!!! OR YOU COULD GET WEALTHY BY GETTING REALLY LUCKY… BUT YOU CLAIM NOT TO BELIEVE IN LUCK…. JUST AS YOU CLAIM NOT TO BELIEVE THAT ORDINARY WORKING GUYS LIKE ME COULD EVER HAVE BEEN AT LEAST A MINOR.. AND PUBLISHED… ACADEMIC!!! THAT IS YOUR PROBLEM…. YOUR ARROGANCE AND SELF CENTEREDNESS HAS BLINDED YOU, AND I WOULD PITY YOU… BUT I JUST CANNOT FORCE MYSELF TO BE SYMPATHETIC TO ARROGANT AND SELF CENTERED REPUBLICANS!!!

  • Joe Cabot

    The slight problem with your latest rant is that I have never claimed to have published economic papers which cannot be produced nor have I claimed to extort and steal from my clients. Those claims both came from your IP address.

  • JohnDille

    EQUALLY SHOCKING… THE WAY YOU EXTORT AND ROB YOUR CUSTOMERS AND EMPLOYEES TO MAKE YOURSELF WEALTHY IS NOT READILY AVAILABLE ON THE INTERNET, EITHER!!! I GUESS YOU ARE JUST A SMALL FISH IN A HUGE OCEAN FULL OF REPUBLICAN PREDATORS AND THIEVES AND SCAM ARTISTS!!!

  • Joe Cabot

    Lots of stuff that was formerly on microfiche is now on the internet. Shockingly, your mythical papers didn’t make the cut.

  • JohnDille

    I ALREADY EXPLAINED HOW TO DO THAT…. BUT, AS USUAL… YOU WERE INCAPABLE OF READING EVEN SIMPLE INSTRUCTIONS!!! JUST GO TO ILLINOIS STATE UNIVERSITY AND DID DEEP DEEP DEEP INTO THEIR VAST MICROFICHE COLLECTION… AND ALL WILL BE REVEALED TO YOU!!! JUST DO NOT ASK ME WHAT TITLES OR JOURNALS OR DATES TO LOOK FOR… I HAVE LONG LONG SINCE FORGOTTEN MOST OF THE RELEVANT DETAILS!!! AS FOR ALL THE OTHER STUFF… THAT WOULD BE FAR MORE DIFFICULT STILL TO FIND… SINCE MOST OF MY WORK WAS DONE LONG BEFORE THE INTERNET WAS CREATED… AND BEFORE ANYONE THOUGHT TO PUT STUFF ON INTERNET FRIENDLY MEDIA!!! JUST LIKE THE STUDY I AM DOING NOW REQUIRES ME TO TYPE HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF NUMBERS INTO AN EXCEL FILE… ALL PRETTY MUCH MANUALLY…. BECAUSE MOST OF THE DATA I AM USING IS NOT AVAILABLE ON THE INTERNET… OR THAT WHICH IS, STILL HAS TO BE COPIED BY HAND FROM PHOTOCOPIED SHEETS. YOU CAN BRING UP THE IMAGES… BUT THEN YOU STILL HAVE TO HAND TYPE ALL THAT DATA… MOUNTAINS OF IT… INTO AN EXCEL FILE… AND GO FROM THERE! OBVIOUSLY, JOE CABOT IS STILL A TEENAGER… SO HE HAS NO IDEA HOW THINGS WERE BEFORE THE INTERNET AND OTHER FEDERAL GOVERNMENT FUNDED PROJECTS REVOLUTIONIZED COMMUNICATIONS AND INFORMATION DISSEMINATION!!! MAYBE HE SHOULD GO TO A GOOD LIBRARY, AND DIG INTO THE VAST STACKS OF OLD STYLE DATA TO BE FOUND THERE. RATHER DEPRSSING THAT MOST OF THAT DATA… A LOT OF IT VERY INTERESTING AND POTENTIALLY VALUABLE… WILL BE LOST FOREVER BECAUSE IT IS NOW SO DIFFICULT TO FIND AND MAKE USE OF!!! FOLKS RAISED IN THE INTERNET AGE WOULD NEVER DREAM OF DIGGING INTO ALL OF THAT STUFF, BECAUSE IT WOULD BE IMPOSSIBLE TO FIND ON THE INTERNET, OR IF YOU FOUND IT, YOU WOULD LIKELY HAVE TO PAY… A LOT… TO ACCESS IT… AND ONCE YOU DID HAVE ACCESS TO IT…. THE FORMAT WOULD BE VERY DIFFICULT TO WORK WITH… BECAUSE YOU WOULD HAVE TO RECREATE ALL THE RELEVANT DATA…. NUMBERS OR GRAPHICS OR TEXT… ALL BY HAND… INTO A MORE USABLE FORMAT!!!!!!

  • Joe Cabot

    When individuals outside of the political spectrum take money from another at gunpoint, it is rightly considered a crime. When politicians and bureaucrats do the same, it is called taxation. We are forced to fund money laundering operations called The Departments of Education, Energy, Agriculture, HUD, Commerce, HHS, DHS, Interior, Justice, Labor, Transportation, along with disasters like the EPA and the IRS, all of which funnel money uphill to political pockets. Amazing that anyone posted here in favor of taxation.

  • Joe Cabot

    You still have not shown us how to view those “published” economic papers that you yapped of months ago.

  • JohnDille

    IT JUST SO HAPPENS THAT I AM DEEP INTO AN ANALYSIS OF A HUNDRED YEARS OF FEDERAL TAXATION! I AM LOOKING MOSTLY AT DISTRIBUTIONS OF INCOME OVER THAT TIME… AND AM TRYING TO QUANTIFY JUST HOW MUCH INCOME HAS BEEN SHIFTED OUT OF THE POCKETS OF WORKING PEOPLE INTO THE POCKETS OF THE UPPER INCOME BRACKETS. BUT… YEAH… LOOKING AT THE DATA MAKES CLEAR THAT… EVER SINCE REPUBLICANS BEGAN TO GAIN EVER MORE CONTROL OF THE UNITED STATES… STARTING BACK IN THE EARLY 1970’S… THE TAX CODE AND THE TAX RETURNS AND THE ITEMS THAT MUST BE TRACKED BY THE IRS… HAS SNOWBALLED PRETTY MUCH TOTALLY OUT OF CONTROL!!! GET RID OF ALL THE HIDDEN GOODIES FOR THE RICH… AND THE AVERAGE 5TH GRADER COULD DO MOST FEDERAL INCOME TAXES… JUST LIKE THEY COULD BACK WHEN I WAS A FIFTH GRADER, AND STARTED DOING MY FAMILY’S TAXES EVERY YEAR… WAY BACK IN THE LATE 1950’S ALL THROUGH INTO THE MID 1960’S

  • wellilltellya

    it’s NOT PAYING them it is HOW the money is used that is the problem ! government made up programs that are money machines that DO NOTHING but make some politicians rich not doing ANYTHING for AMERICA the suckers that gave them that power

  • JohnDille

    YEAH…. LETS GET OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT… SO THE ALL ENGULFING CORPORATE PARASITES AND THEIR TRILLIONAIRE OWNERS CAN TOTALLY CONTROL EVERYTHING AND EVERYONE… BY BRUTE FORCE WHEN NECESSARY… OR, MUCH MORE EFFECTIVELY…. BRAIN WASHING ALL THE RIGHT WINGERS AND OTHER REPUBLICANS VIA FOX NEWS AND OTHER RIGHT WING MEDIA… WHICH MOST MEDIA ACTUALLY IS… WHERE THAT WORKS!!! AND THAT WORKS VERY WELL WITH BRAINLESS RIGHT WINGERS AND OTHER AMERICA HATERS!!! THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT HAS MANY FLAWS… MOST OF THEM CREATED BY REPUBLICANS IN SERVICE TO THEIR CORPORATE MASTERS… BUT IN THE FINAL ANALYSIS, THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS THE ONLY REAL ALLY MOST AMERICANS HAVE!!! WITHOUT IT… THE RICH WOULD USE THEIR CORPORATIONS TO TOTALLY AND COMPLETELY CONTROL ALL OF US…. AND GOD HELP ANYONE WHO REFUSED TO BE CONTROLLED BY CORPORATE AMERICA!!!

  • James

    We ceased being a “government of, for, & by the people” years ago. The federal behometh is a giant parasite that, like cancer, will kill the host if not removed. The elite ruling class will continue to move toward a one world currency and dictatorship with puppets like Clinton to do their bidding.

  • JohnDille

    MAYBE YOU SHOULD DRAG YOUR SORRY GRASS OUT OF THE UNITED STATES FOR AWHILE, AND LIVE IN ANY THIRD WORLD NATION OF YOUR CHOOSING!!! I WOULD BE WILLING TO BET THAT YOU WOULD COME BACK THE USA THINKING MUCH MORE LIKE A DEMOCRAT… WHO IS PROUD TO PAY THE TAXES THAT MAKE THIS COUNTRY ONE OF THE BETTER PLACES ON EARTH TO LIVE…. AND A LOT LESS LIKE SOME SELFISH SELF CENTERED DEAD BEAT REPUBLICAN WHO WANTS ALL THE GOODIES GOVERNMENT PROVIDES MOST OF US… HANDED TO YOU ON A SILVER PLATTER… TOTALLY FREE OF CHARGE!!! REPUBLICANS… JUST SELFISH SELF CENTERED DEAD BEATS IN FANCY SUITS!!!

  • JohnDille

    YEAH… I HATE TAXES…. AND RENT AND MORTGAGE PAYMENTS AND CAR PAYMENTS AND INSURANCE PAYMENTS AND MEDICAL BILL PAYMENTS AND ELECTRIC BILL PAYMENTS AND CABLE BILL PAYMENTS AND PAYING FOR FOOD AND CLOTHING AND ALL THAT OTHER STUFF THAT EVEN US LOW INCOME PEOPLE NEED TO PAY FOR JUST TO SURVIVE!!! I GUESS PAYING AND PAYING AND PAYING IS THE COST OF CIVILIZATION!!! BUT I CAN UNDERSTAND WHY REPUBLICANS HATE PAYING FOR ROADS AND BRIDGES AND SEWER AND WATER SYSTEMS AND FOR EDUCATION AND FOR POLICE AND FIREMEN AND FOR THE MILITARY AND FOR ALL THE OTHER STUFF THAT GOVERNMENT PROVIDES!!! REPUBLICANS ARE JUST DEAD BEATS IN FANCY SUITS!!! THEY LOVE THEIR GOVERNMENT PROVIDED GOODIES… THEY JUST DO NOT WANT TO PAY FOR THEM!!! THEY WOULD PREFER TO COLLECT BIG BUCKS FOR ALL THE STUFF THEY STEAL… AND THEN TURN AROUND AND SELL TO THE REST OF US… AND NEVER HAVE TO PAY ANYTHING BACK FOR WHAT THEY HAVE STOLEN!!! UNDERSTAND THAT… AND YOU HAVE UNDERSTOOD REPUBLICANS!!

  • Ruth

    I prepare taxes as a CPA, and I would be HAPPY if tax reform would put me out of business.

  • Robert Johnson

    Yes, it makes you sick. Our system is one of the most crooked in the world, right behind all the others.