I had this thought today, after tax day. I am tired grumpy, and have to work through a convoluted and confusing system, in order to fund the lavish lifestyles of people who live in fancy houses, drive fine cars, and who get lifetime healthcare.
These are our so-called public servants in various elected offices. They are elected or appointed to represent us at various levels and office of our government.
So, how come they make all the perks, and get all of the benefits, and I have to work to pay for mine, get none, and then am taxed to pay for theirs?
What is their jobs were like the average citizen's? What if they had to pay for their healthcare costs, through a payroll deduction? What if they had to file their receipts and go through a grilling each year to file taxes, like the average citizen? What if their pay was based on their performance?
Would the tax code be simpler and more reasonable? I think so.
If these elected posts paid a normal salary, and the holders of these offices were paid for how well they performed in terms of keeping legislation minimal, or if judges were paid for how well they used the existing laws, or the executive branches of government were paid based on how they chose to execute law I think there would be a better performing system. I also thing taxes would be dramatically lower.
Maybe I am tired of the election garbage, this year. Maybe the press has gotten to a raw nerve, in the way they glamorize one person over the other, instead of actually reporting facts objectively.
Maybe I am tired of all the talk with no action by any party. I don't know. I am tired of this annual headache, trying to figure out what is and isn't taxable, what can and cannot be deducted, and by how this whole business was to have been temporary, according to the late and not-so-great FDR.
Next rant: EXECUTIVE PAY - WHEN IS SO MUCH TOO MUCH?