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Story ID:11482
Written by:Frederick William Wickert (bio, link, contact, other stories)
Story type:Musings, Essays and Such
Location:All Cities All States USA
Person:American citizen
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By Fred Wickert

I am constantly amazed whenever I hear in the news people or politicians talk about taxes. They all sing the same song and in unison. The rich don't pay enough. The rich aren't paying their fair share, etc.

We as a peaople seem to have a hatred of the rich. We are so jealous of anyone we perceive to be rich. Why? What business is it of ours if someone else has more money than we do? Why do we care? How did it become our business?

Every time, without fail, whenever taxes are mentioned it seems we collectively want the rich to pay more.

My question is, why should they? Think about it for a moment. Did you know that one percent of the population in this country is paying more than 75% of all the taxes in this country? That approximately 40% of the people in this country pay zero income taxes?

How can that be fair? Stop and think about it for a moment. How exactly, can that be fair? I know I am in the minority, but I don't believe it is fair. Furthermore, I believe it causes a large problem The problem is that nationwide,we have millions of people who don't really give a hoot about their country. That is why their behavior is so bad and so unAmerican.

It is because they have no skin in the game. Deep down inside, these people do not feel they have any part of this country.

I believe in a different tax system all together. I believe we should all pay something. Now please understand that I am cutting my own throat with this because I am one of those whose income is so small that I pay little or no taxes. It varies from year to year. At the same time, I see no reason why it is fair to believe myself and others like me should pay nothing while some other guy, just because he is more fortunate than I has to pay 39% or whatever, of his income for income tax. I can't see any fairness in that at all.

I think the fairest way would be to do away with the income tax all together and replace it with a national sales tax. That way, the rich will still pay more money because they will buy more expensive things. The welfare recipient wouldn't be paying much because they could not afford to buy much, but at least they would be paying something. That would give even them some skin in the game so to speak. They could feel they were paying too.

When people feel like they are paying for something they suddenly take an interest they didn't have before. Why? Because they are paying for it. They own a piece of it and they want it to go for good and not waste or foolishness. I believe they would begin to take more pride in their country. Why? Because now they are paying for it. That will cause the people to contribute more and respect the country more and I believe, make the people of the country take more interest in their country and cause the people to come together as one people again. We had the people pulling together in WWII. Ever since then it has gradually been falling apart.

Years ago I well remember a young new president say in a speech, “Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.” John F. Kennedy was right when he spoke those words and for a while it worked. Sadly I don't see much of that anymore. Now all I see is people asking what the country can do for them and what the country can give them. We have developed a give me mentality. It has ruined the country. I think it is high time we bring our country back where it should be.

If we all pay our share, no mater how small it may be, each of us can feel we own a piece of it. If we all think in terms of what we can do for our country and not the other way around, I think the system would be a lot more fair and the country would be a lot better off and the people would come together more as a country because they will all be contributing and working for the country.

I will leave you with one final thought. Rome was once the greatest and most powerful country the world had ever known. Do you know what caused it to fall? The poor and unemployed demanded the government give them a hand out. The government did. Then they began to gripe and complain that it wasn't enough. Politicians or Roman Senators wanted to be popular so they gave in to them and gave them more. It became a vicious cycle and it wasn't long before Rome fell. I hope you understand my point.