While the typical, hardworking, and law-abiding American citizen grinds out a hustle, often in minimally-satisfying employment or for little reward, the corrupt federal government hands out financial care packages to the least deserving in society and borrows from the future – to borrow a phrase – like there is no tomorrow.
Under Joe Biden, more than 300,000 Americans have quietly benefited from student loan forgiveness. That number is expected to rise to over 500,000 shortly and presumably sees no end in sight; As I type, both the Department of Justice and Department of Education look like a masked caper contorting himself through laser tripwires in an effort to locate a legal route to forgiving $50,000 per borrower. This redistribution of taxpayer money is immoral and amounts to nothing more than overt theft. On the whole, it rewards the stupid and unable over the savvy and capable.
No one in power seems to be bothered by the fact that many Americans have never gone to college, many more did not take on debt to go to college, and still more decided to study something worthwhile while amassing student loan debt. Where is their reward? There is none, and instead of reveling in financial windfall, they too write a check to the least deserving among us.
It gets worse.
Consider the reported $450,000 payments to illegal immigrants who were detained “inhumanely.” To put that figure in perspective, median net worth in the United States peaks at roughly $275,000 – and that amount is for retirees who have paid their dues for 35+ years working, saving money, and building equity. There is no shortage of reports of 30-somethings still shacking up in their parents basement as a result of the high cost of renting and owning against stagnant wages; meanwhile, tens of thousands of alien trespassers spent a few nights in a cheap hotel and feel aggrieved. Imagine crossing the unguarded border – uninvited, no less – and hitting the lottery in order to save yourself from the grind for most of your adult life.
Put another way, most Americans will never realize that kind of cash balance in their entire lifetime. The coup de grace of this egregious insult is that Joe Taxpayer, who works everyday and pays into the system, is writing a check for Juan Rulebreaker to live the high life.
These latest overtures to communism sting because it’s personal. They pit one human being against another in the fight for limited resources, and the battle is about as fair as Jeffrey Epstein against his Riker’s cellmate. Worse still, from a further vantage point, the total payments of either of these programs are minuscule when compared against every other entitlement program.
For years, taxpayers have spent trillions of dollars on the military industrial complex’s war machines and subsequent deployment of them (and working class folks) in endless foreign wars as well as the pharmaceutical industry’s relentless pursuit of profit over actual concern of individual health and systemic healthcare. Scott Horton’s Enough Already and Robert Kennedy’s The Real Anthony Fauci lay each of these histories painfully bare. This all says nothing about the Ponzi scheme of social security, the rigged insurance payouts, and most recently, the massive expenditures for Covid vaccine development – while we have had off-label, off-patent therapeutics and nutraceuticals ready since Covid first escaped a Wuhan lab.
To top it all off, the Federal Reserve, at the behest of the current president (though it is not unique to just 46 by a long shot), has printed trillions of dollars and for some ungodly reason there are talks of yet another $2 trillion package to be completed by Christmas. By last count, about half of all US dollars ever in circulation have been minted since March 2020. I am kept marginally poorer by annually donating one-third of my salary to the IRS and they can print $10 trillion quicker than Thanos can snap his fingers?
In light of this, I ask seriously: Why do I owe a single penny?
Depressingly, when presented differently, the math on how income tax works really highlights the theft: I work four months each year for the monstrosity in Washington, D.C. It is literally the Inca’s Mit’a system rebranded and amount to me being a debt slave to the federal government. It is wholly unacceptable that this continues.
Americans have been taken for a ride. Promised whatever was needed at the time – safe neighborhoods, good schools, food on shelves, gas in cars, freedom from foreign enemies, safety from nebulous viruses – the thieves in Washington thrived on willful donations from the duped public. Well, no more. That gravy train needs to end.
What would the IRS really do if we all stopped paying? Perhaps it’s time to find out.