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Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Taxes: Another Benefit Of Working For The Federal Government

Here’s the Nonsense:  Federal employees and politicians have to live by the same rules as the rest of the citizens in the country.

Here’s the Horse Sense:  The federal employees and politicians are treated as though they are something special and above the rules and laws the rest of us live by.  It’s time we citizens put our foot down and demand change so we can start to turn this nation around.

Recently I read that federal employees owe about $1 billion in federal back taxes and politicians owe millions more.  And to remedy the situation Congress is considering passing legislation that would give those owing the back taxes a year to make arrangements to pay what they owe or set up some sort of payment plan.  If they don’t do it by that point, then the government will have the right to take the money out of their paychecks.  This is another example of the culture they have built for themselves as privileged people who are above the rest of us.

If we, as private citizens, owed back taxes we would have to pay up.  But even more important, if we owed money to our employer we would have to pay up immediately or, at best, have the money taken from our paychecks and, at worst, lose our jobs.  It doesn’t take extended periods of time to get an employee to pay because there are consequences that are complete and immediate if nothing is done to resolve the situation.

But not for federal employees or politicians.  Unlike any of the rest of us who would have to deal with this immediately, they would be able to wait a year before they started paying.  From what I’ve heard it is virtually impossible to fire federal employees so firing them is not even worth the threat.

What part of stupid are we?  Why don’t we demand that a bill be passed that requires all politicians and federal employees to keep their tax obligations up to date or the monies that are owed will automatically be deducted from their income?  Because some tax bills are large and because some employees don’t make as much as others there could be a formula used to pay it back in a series of payments with interest.  After all, if any of us had a situation like this with our employer we’d have to pay it immediately.  If we needed time to pay it we’d have to go to a bank and get a loan where we’d pay interest.  The same thing should apply to the people who work for us in government.

This is the very kind of issue that is simple to figure out but yet our government even abuses these situations.  The main reason for this is that our government is made up of people in leadership positions that are not qualified to lead. I’ve spent 37 years in business as an employee, owning businesses and running businesses for other people.  If I had allowed these kinds of things to go on in companies where I was in management I would have lost my job and the company would not have been successful.  And if I would have allowed these kinds of things to go on in my own companies I would have been out of business.

This is common sense (or horse sense for the sake of this blog post) but it is clear that our government and the politicians we elect have none of it.  That is why our nation is in the trouble it is in.  

H. L. Mencken said, “I am strongly in favor of common sense, common honesty, and common decency. This makes me forever ineligible for public office.”  

I agree wholeheartedly.