Friday, October 14, 2011

You Can Pay More If You Want

OK. That's it. I don't know exactly what all of you Occupy Wall Street folks think you're going to accomplish, but I'm pretty sure you're barking up the wrong tree. Why these people are not occupying the spaces in front of places like the Capital or the House is beyond me. If they want regulations to change, I don't think that protesting in front of the people who are not making the regulations is going to do a lot of good. But that's just me. Then again, since I'm not really all that clear on what they want to begin with, maybe my thinking on the matter is just off. I am, however, disappointed that all of the signs are spelled correctly. Then again, how else are they all going to put those liberal arts degrees to good use?

But this is what really irritates me: All of the people who are in the "one percent" that are constantly saying that they want their taxes to be raised. Yep. Those people irritate the crap out of me. See, when you pay your taxes every year, there is a little section at the bottom where you can opt to pay more than you owe. That's right. There is a section on your 1040 where you can volunteer to pay more money if you want to. Get a refund? You can give it back if you want to. It's right there. Now, I haven't heard one, not ONE of these people (I'm talking to YOU Warren Buffett, Russell Simmons, Al Sharpton and the insufferable Kanye West) mention that they have been paying MORE than they have been required to because they feel like it is the "right" thing to do. Not ONE. Maybe they have been. I really don't know. But I kind of think that if that is what they'd been doing that they would have mentioned that right away. But they haven't. So here's my proposal: When those people want to start paying MORE than what they're required to pay, THEN they can talk about how they want their taxes raised. In the meantime, they need to pipe down.

And as long as I'm on this subject, I don't see how raising the taxes on 1% of people who make a truckload of money is going to do any good. Do all of these occupiers realize that approximately 50 percent of the country pays NO income tax?! NONE! And I understand that they're "poor". I get that. But I also get that they're not only just not paying taxes. They're also getting some sort of benefits on top of that. Whether it be food stamps or a rent reduction or Medicare or Social Security checks or whatever. Am I sorry that there are poor people? Yeah. Do I realize that every society has tiers and that's just how society works? Of course I do. But that doesn't change the fact that you can't alter the disparity in a society by simply asking for more money from a select 1 percent of your population while ignoring what is almost a freaking majority who contribute nothing to that society.

I just want people to understand that there are so many people out there who aren't paying their fair share. Hell, they're not even paying A share, let alone a fair one. But yet, these people get to vote on how tax dollars are spent. MY tax dollars. And when more and more and more people just want and want and want, then what happens? I'm guessing you end up with a bunch of people across the country protesting in front of financial institutions and pooping on the sidewalk! At least, that's what San Francisco looks like. (I had to navigate my way through an obstacle course of fecum the other day. It was like an Olympic event that no one wanted.)

I really want to know who all of these people voted for, if they even voted at all, in the last election. I also really want to know (if they did vote) if they're going to vote for someone different this time around (especially in elections for senators). I'm also dying to know if they're going to vote for President Barry again. (And don't get me wrong, I want to like the guy as a President. I really do. But I just don't. He doesn't DO anything. NOTHING has gotten done.) Statistics would have me believe that only 49% of those protesting actually voted (assuming they were eligible). Huh. That might explain a lot, actually. It doesn't explain the poop on the sidewalk, but I think it does explain an awful lot about other things.

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