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Tue Jul 10, 2012, 10:57 PM

26. Sadly there's some truth in what he's saying

I think there are few other countries (especially developed) where people complain so much about paying their price for a (somewhat) civilized society. This is due in part to a number of factors - from the formation of the republic itself (a split from GB based in part on taxation), to Thoreau, all the way to the modern corporate/GOP brainwashing of the last 30 years.

I also doubt there are nearly as many countries with as ridiculously complicated a tax code as our own, much of it filled with deductions (better known as loopholes) for whichever special interest group is the flavor of the year (or of the party in power).

Another problem is few feel like they see the results the taxes we pay. Our infrastructure is crumbling, we have no universal healthcare, and we constantly hear stories about failing schools, and how the "private sector is soooo much more efficient than the government". Now, granted much of this is propaganda, but that propaganda has had a very strong effect on a large percentage of the people. The sad thing is that people (upper middle class earners down) are now convinced by the likes of Wall Street Journal editorial writers and Michelle Bachmann and the entire GOP establishment that the poor are "lucky duckies".

And yet, if you're poor and don't necessarily hear the rhetoric, you still feel like you're paying way too much. You see your money going to FICA, unemployment, sales taxes, increased rent, utilities, gas prices, and other fees and expenses. Let's not even talk about the rise medical care and college. That's just funny money at that point.

So in the end, we pay a lot - not necessarily in federal taxes per se, but between those taxes and everything else, well...it is American to hate paying taxes. The problem is of course, it's set up for people like Romney, and not only is it in their interest to fight for the status quo, but shift the burden even more.

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