Gimmie Gimmie

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Periodically I find myself absolutely incensed that a portion of the money I labor for is summarily taken by the government and redistributed by some faceless bureaucrat to people they believe are entitled to a share of my earnings.   Furthermore, I take offense that while it’s my “patriotic duty” to tithe to the government for the benefit of others, there will be people who get back from the government MORE than they pay in taxes thanks to write-offs and programs that make this possible. I specifically say “people” instead of “Americans” because thanks to the spineless Republicans, Obama’s executive action on immigration will grant legal status to undocumented immigrants. What I love is the way the Left says “they will come out of the shadows and pay taxes.”  Sure.  And they will avail themselves of the many entitlements politicians use to solidify their voter base and those who actually pay taxes stand to reap far more in refunds than they paid into the system. If I’m an illegal, that sure sounds like a “win” to me.

According to the Heritage Foundation in 2013, 60% of all spending went to entitlements. That includes 22% each for social security and Medicare, Medicaid, and other health programs, and 16% to welfare and other entitlement programs.  You hear the Left screaming about what is spent on defense, and represents only 18% of the money spent by the government-a duty they are charged with and somehow this administration seems convinced that their “make nice” foreign policy will end all conflicts and that amount can be lowered. We are literally shaking hands and then turning our backs on people who are laughing at our gullibility and scheming to get us.  How stupid are we?  And how stupid is it to squander our money-and remember, the government has no money that it doesn’t first take from us-on entitlements, legitimizing illegals so they can be attached to the teat, and continuing to pretend that the evil around us is in the corporations and businesses that serve us.  I despise crony capitalism but I can’t blame companies for exploiting the same system that allows people to enter this country  and gives them not just a pass, but my money, and rewards citizens-with my money-for doing nothing.  We are, quite literally, being screwed from both sides. I am sick and tired of working multiple jobs-as does my wife-and the only entity reaping the benefits of our hard work is the government.  And what do they do with the extra income they steal from us?  Enable someone else to sit at home and do nothing.

The answer, of course, is stopping corporate and personal welfare, phasing out entitlements and allowing wage earners to keep the money we work so hard for.  I’ve said this before and I will say it again-no one is a better arbiter of deciding where money should go than the person who earns it and if you aren’t willing to do so, than come to me and ask for my help. I should get to decide whether you need it or not and I am all for helping people in need. No government, no country, can survive when they take from one to give to another…government charity is just wrong.  As you prepare your tax returns this year take a long, hard look at the amount that was taken from you and decide whether you think you might have been able to spend it better than the government did.

3 Comments

  1. perrydu

    Your numbers are correct if you include entitlements as you call them. I paid into SS and Medicaid for years. Those agencies have managed those for me pretty well. Congress on the other hand could not stop themselves from spending that money. If you set that money aside, as was intended, the percentages change drastically. Instead of defense spending being 18% it is 54%. The percentage does not really matter as much as the fact that we spend more than the next 8 countries combined. If anyone claims we need more defense spending then they need to explain why with that budget.

  2. john tryon

    Why couldn’t we put all the entitlement programs on our tax forms, put a check box next to each one and allow each person to check the programs they want to fund. You can check as many as you like but you must check at least one. Your “contribution” would be divided equally between your choices and the “payouts” divided equally between the recipients. This would sent a clear message as to what “most Americans” want. I say it like that because I have NEVER been asked, nor has anyone I know ever been asked what we want. I guess we don’t hang out where they’re asking.

  3. Kerry schumacher

    Here’s a short quiz. What is the greatest threat in the US today?
    1. Islamic terrorists
    2. Obesity
    3. HRC as our next president
    4. Pokemon Go
    5. Mindless Americans who cannot see past themselves
    6. The Federal Government

    The correct answer is 6, the Federal Government. There is no greater threat to our independence and freedom. Their regulation crazy, spending crazy, arrogant I know better than you mentality is gradually but surely stripping away our ability to live life as we seem fit. There are few in Washingtion I trust to uphold the constitution. Ain’t that a crying shame. Even worse, how can HRC become the Democratic nominee with her resume of corruption, lies, power grabs, and let’s grow the government more to take care of everyone’s problems? I fear that I am now a minority thinker who still believes our constitution is the most flawless set of rules governing civilization. Limits on government were purposely established to prevent the inevitable concentration of power is a few hands in order to preserve our freedoms. Too many want to abdicate choices to bureaucrats. That is not how I think. Egads, I could ramble on forever. Someone stop me.

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