Redistribution of Wealth Day
Soon it will be April 15, and it’s commonly accepted as Tax Day. We’re all expected to file and pay our taxes to allow the government to misspend our hard earned cash. It’s also a day that we should reflect on the history of this country. As I recall taxes played a part in the founding of our country. Taxation without representation was mentioned a time or two.
Well it’s a bit different now. We do have representation, but the empty suits that we elect to represent us forget who brought them to the dance. They did their part in this relationship; they stood in front of us and told us what we wanted to hear. We did our part and hoped that this time a politician wasn’t lying to us. There’s a little bit of the naive romantic in all of us.
Since the situation is different now than when this country had a revolution, perhaps we should approach the problem in a different way. First it would be a good idea to clearly define the problem. That should lead us to a clear understanding of the options available to resolve the problem.
The public piggy bank is owned and operated by individuals in elected and appointed positions who should not be trusted to collect the money from a third grade bake sale, let alone the public piggy bank of this great country. These men and women serve us at the local, state, and federal level. What a country we have. We’re so bountiful that we can generate and sustain so many men and women of questionable honesty and integrity.
Amongst themselves they make up issues to spend our money on, we rarely get consulted or a chance to advise or consent to the spending. Some of the spending (about 20%) of the money spent goes to issues for the common good that most prudent citizens would easily consent to. Another 20% goes to some areas that some of the prudent citizens would consent to after some sort of dog and pony show put on by the elected hooligans to explain their spending. The next 20% goes to some issues that only the deaf dumb and blind would agree to.
That leaves at least 40% of their spending that’s so far out of line that they have to pass the bills at night when no one is looking and with the lights out. The thieving bastards redirect and launder this category of spending to satisfy the instructions of their controllers and handlers. If there’s any honest to God misappropriation of funds that goes from the public piggy bank to their individual pockets or the pockets of their friends and illegitimate relations it surely comes from this category.
So that identifies what part of the problem is. The public piggy bank is not operating at peak performance due to integrity and ability shortfalls. Apparently we’re putting individuals of questionable character and ability into positions of public trust.
The second part of the problem is that once they’re in office they’re harder to get out of office than a Public School pedophile masquerading as a teacher in a Union Environment. Some of you just winced and some of you are nodding your head and some of the teachers in a Union Environment just asked what my point is? We’ll discuss that later.
Term limits should be part of the electoral process. It should be formalized where we have laws and legislation that mandate how long a potential thief can stay in office. But until we get there we have to use our low tech term limits. If we don’t vote for the same loser over and over again we can term limit them.
Once we get a handle on the quality of the elected hooligans we have to have a little more input into how they spend our money. The public has to have more say than an election every 2 years. We need an opportunity to impeach or recall congressman and senators when they disappoint their electorate. It should be easier to fire the bums than for them to stay in office and follow the will of their puppeteers. Some of us work in a fragile environment where a few small missteps would cause us to get fired and lose our job and have to find a new one. Our elected officials need to live in that type of environment. We voted you in and if you piss us off we’ll vote you out now, not when you thought you would be reelected. If they have control over our public piggy bank they need to be on a very short leash. Those of us who voted for them should have more control over them than the people who fund their campaign of lies distortions and fabrications.
Keep these things in mind as we approach Tax Day and as you review the performance of your own elected hooligans.