As you pay your taxes this year rest assured that your money was spent wisely by qualified professionals on things that will benefit you as a citizen and the country at large. Okay that’s what would happen in a perfect world but in our world what really happened, well just one thing that happened, was that your money was squandered and stolen in the rebuilding of Iraq to the tune of 6o billion dollars in the last ten years according to a new report. Yes, that’s billion with a “B”.
Now you might say that sucks but considering the existence of $600 toilet seats showing up on past government budgets you might think that somehow with everybody paying their taxes that my share will be very small. Unfortunately that’s not exactly true. As the years rolled by on these wars and the costs mounted, more and more of that burden was placed on you, the working person. Corporations and the wealthy are paying less and less. Which means you will pay more and more. And we’re talking about an amount substantially more than a few $600 toilet seats. As a matter of fact, the reports of fraud from these wars come out in drips and drabs. And they’re all astonishing in their amounts. But if we were to see a real number of the absolute total all together, it would boggle the mind, I’m sure.
And That’s Only The Construction Fraud. Then There Was This…
So what happens to these people responsible for this? Well nothing. They continue in their well paying government jobs. Enjoying their perks and benefits. Yes they may have to look like a deer in the headlights once in a while in front of some congressional show/hearing. But for the most part. Nothing. And their contractor friends who made off with the cash. Well we don’t even know who they are do we? But one thing is for certain. You will be paying the cost. General Electric, Mitt Romney, Dick Cheney to name but a few, will not.
You may have noticed that the IRS has done some hiring in the past few years. Why do you suppose that is? To make sure you replace all this money that’s being stolen, that’s why. Somebody has to replace it. It might as well be you. And why not you? You are an easy target. If you are a working person chances are pretty slim you have a fully staffed legal department figuring out loopholes and offshore banking benefits for you. I don’t know about you but buying a congressman was a little outside my budget last year so NO LOOPHOLES FOR YOU! But hey, at least we have a job. You know, that job where you’re working twice as hard for half of what you made ten years ago. Yeah that one. Be thankful. Some don’t even have that. But the fact is you and I are going to be hunted down like coyotes by the IRS if we don’t pay our unfair share of taxes to pay for the loss from these criminal enterprises.
But this is America! Yes, this is America. And if you haven’t figured it out yet, let me break it down for you. The politicians are going to help their friends (let’s call them businessmen) steal money. Lots of money. In return the politician will get his cut. The politician does this for his friend the businessman because the businessman paid the cost to put him in his nice cushy job which enables him to take his cut from the thief. See how that works? Like a big happy circle. Sure the politician will sprinkle a few dollars there and a few dollars here so the public is convinced that good things are just around the corner for them. Hell, they might even get a tax stimulus check for $100 if they’re lucky. Very lucky. Don’t spend that all in one place now commoner. But when tax time rolls around. You, my friend will be left holding the bag. It is you who will be paying that money back. Not Mr. Businessman and certainly not Mr. Politician.
It amazes me that this goes on every day and people just turn a blind eye to it. If someone stole your grocery cart on the way out of WalMart you’d be screaming bloody murder but when the government does it…Oh well. But part of the reason is easy to see. If they put you on the R side and me on the D side and give us some silly non-important things to argue over we will never be a united front. It will never be one mass of people standing up for any cause. Even their own right and just cause will go unanswered because there will be some points of it that will not be agreed to by all and certain parties will make sure to highlight those points and magnify them. So the key here is if you are tired of paying for these criminals (and they are criminals, every last one) make peace with your neighbor. Turn off the TV. Focus on what makes us the same instead of what makes us different. And if you’re lost for what makes us the same, we are all dupes. That should be enough. Stand together and this problem could be solved and life could be good for all. Keep the status quo and watch out for the taxman because he’s coming. Oh yes he’s coming.