We may have reached the tipping point!
I just watched the piece on 60 Minutes regarding the exceedingly high tax fraud that is occurring and escalating by tech-savvy criminals, where millions of innocent people have had their identities stolen ( DOB and SSN) in order to steal American’s tax return money. According to the report, this has been going on for years and they project it will become much more wide spread and prevalent in the next few years. They have no idea really how to stop this from happening. They are talking about holding off sending our returns to us for a lengthy period of time so they can ‘research’ the authenticity of the W2’s they have received, however, I see this as Americans paying the penalty rather than the criminals because the IRS say they have not come up with a better way to flag fake W2’s. I don’t know about you, but receiving my refund in a timely manner is imperative!
I believe if the Government would go to a flat tax system where everyone, including the 1% group as well as all USA businesses regardless of where in this world they choose to move in hopes to avoid paying any tax, would all pay the same particular %age, there would be no need to file any returns, no searching for or creating tax shelters in order to avoid paying tax. There would be no need to fill out a tax return, therefore, no tax return refund to steal. There would be an increase in how many tax dollars are annually collected because those that have not been paying or not paying what they ought to because they know how to manipulate the system or are in a position to create loopholes which provide them with the ability to not pay tax as well as to deposit their money into offshore ‘inaccessible’ banks would then have to pay, probably for the first time in their over-privileged and over-indulgent life! Of course, it would take these very same people to initiate and pass this new law, which is why it has never been passed.
It seems to me it will now take the population of Americans, regardless of political affiliation or political party, to initiate, activate and through majority action, force the people who we have (now seemingly through massive error) elected to represent our best interests to actually, for the first time, initiate that which truly IS in our best interest, doing the job they chose to participate in and fill and were elected to do.
We need to hold them accountable in addressing and implementing policy that directly effects, in a positive direction for a change, the improvement of our everyday personal quality of life and not focusing on self-interest groups or religious ideologies; insisting they cease the underhanded tactics which have been utilized in creating fear-based, reactionary policies which are then implemented in order that these self-serving politicians can placate the multitudes of self-interest groups which funds their re-election.
Their current practice and methods continue as a vicious cycle that provides nothing of substantive value to the quality of American life. The many challenges that the vast majority of Americans face daily are never addressed or alleviated due to the cloud of political putrification which has grown in manifestation. This cloud has been created and perpetuated in order to divert American’s attention away from their personal immediate needs. The political rhetoric is spewed throughout the airwaves and social media, and has taken over entire media corporations such as Fox (also known as ‘faux news’) in order to perpetuate the fear and false information which only seeks to serve a select few, commonly known as ‘the 1%.’
As long as the politicians can create the emotional fervor by broadcasting false information, including personal/self-serving issues that have no real bearing on the actual quality of American life, (such as the on-going debate at-nauseam over Obama’s birthplace) then the people who have felt powerless in effecting for themselves a prosperous and harmonious lifestyle are lulled into a false sense of power. How, you might ask?
There are groups of individuals who have been convinced that we live in a world of limitation and lack. Through emotional political rhetoric they have been convinced their lack of quality in life is due to whatever the ‘agenda of the day’ is currently being served up to the masses. Look back at what has over-taken the news broadcasts, talk shows, radio shows. etc. which have nothing to do with improving the quality of American daily life and has everything to do with camouflaging the real issues by diverting attention away from Americans individual quality of life issues. (such as affordable medical, housing, food, gas, etc.)
Politicians elevate the hostile energy through all forms of media and venues with issues such as the abortion issue, same-sex marriage issue, etc., and in their pervasive way manipulate people to concentrate on these issues. By focusing on the above stated issues, there will not be a majority publicly demanding they act responsibly and resolve the problems that have been created which are the genesis of poverty, inadequate healthcare and housing and employment, to just name a few obvious problems in this country.
I suggest tallying from all avenues and arenas of media which impart information to the world, the hours that are spent on irrelevant political agendas and rhetoric and how much time is spent relevantly addressing important quality of individual American life issues. You might find it interesting as well, how often ‘hot-button’ issues have been molded in such a way as to making them the cause of poverty, expensive healthcare, high gas prices and so forth.
Americans are being manipulated and brain-washed daily by being subliminally convinced that some politicians self-serving rant is the truth as well as the cause of whatever quality of life problem anyone may be experiencing. As an example, I fail to see how two people of the same sex getting legally married or by a woman making the difficult choice to end a pregnancy has any bearing on how much I pay at the gas pump or grocery store or whether or not I can afford to go to the doctor. What these individuals do in their personal life has no real bearing on how I experience my personal life. However, what does have a bearing on my personal life are the policies that are implemented through amendments that have been enacted which take away my inalienable rights as an American citizen. What does have a bearing on my quality of life are policies and amendments which have been enacted in order to fulfill political favors.
It is time to take the blinders off and see these politicians for what they actually are, self-centered, egotistical, greedy, self-indulgent and self-serving individuals who do whatever they can to pat each others back and financially fill each others pockets.
There has been problems with the IRS, seemingly forever. Where are the checks and balances which are suppose to be in place for our protection? The are none. Where is the equality? There is none. We have a select few determining who pays tax and how much is payed and what is a legitimate tax shelter so one pays less tax. These select few are the very politicians who make policy which is always slanted in their personal favor. These are the same politicians who’s decision making negatively impacts the majority of the population and supplies abundance to the 1% as well as to the special interest groups who contributed to their election and to whom they owe favors.
Americans have to now band together and stand up together in equality for all, whether you agree with the lifestyle, religion, etc. of specific individuals or not. If you attempt to inhibit in any way, the equality of someone because you do not agree with their lifestyle, religion, etc., you have essentially opened the door to experiencing the same inequality. It is time for all Americans to uplift one another, empower one another, and support one another in living a high and equal quality of life. Personal judgments, biases, prejudices, personal religious ideologies which have been inflicted upon the masses, and all that has served to separate us rather than unite us has got to cease if we, individually and collectively, truly want to enjoy a prosperous and harmonious life.
The old adage of ‘what goes around comes around’ ought to be heeded. The directive of ‘do unto other what you would have done until you’ is a good plan of action. I think the Beatles had a good message to follow in their song ‘Imagine’. We have been given to tools, but it is up to us to use them appropriately! The time is NOW!!
What are you willing to contribute in making this happen? What bias, prejudice, personal opinion are you willing to let go of? Will you accept that we all have the personal right of lifestyle choice? With your religious ideologies, are you willing to use them in your personal life but cease in thinking everyone ought to abide in the same belief or are you willing to keep your ideologies to yourself and not attempt to force it upon everyone? Think about how you feel about these questions. If you find yourself rationalizing why some can and some cannot enjoy total equality because what they choose in their life is diametrically opposed to your lifestyle and you think they are so wrong it should not be allowed or legal, think about how you would feel and experience your life if who you were and how you lived your life was not allowed or legal…and rethink your position.