There’s Plenty of Money… the Government Just Doesn’t Have It

Remember when Keith Ellison lamented that there’s plenty of money out there, and that we’re not broke, and that dammit… the government just needs to get its paws on more of it!

Well, if our president has his way, the government will do just that.

Unwilling to ask Congress for extra funds to pay for high-speed Internet connections in schools, President Obama is instead looking to tack yet another charge on cellphones through the Federal Communications Commission.

The new program, called ConnectED, would expand an existing school-wiring effort and cost each cellphone user about $5 a year, said White House officials.

Because we don’t pay enough, right?

Our real estate taxes pay for schools on the local level.  Hell, in some localities, homeowners shell out an extra $10,000 or higher per year just for the “privilege” of owning their homes!  State funding also pays for public education, and Federal money funds roughly 13 percent of public schools. And if you think that state and federal dollars don’t belong to you, maybe you need to take a basic class and find out where governments get their revenues.

On the average, the US spends more than $10,000 per public school student per year (with what some would call “questionable” results and with per student spending varying per each locale).

And overall $5 per year may not seem like a lot, I admit. But then, if we take a look at just some of the taxes and fees we already pay, an extra $5 per year is just the cherry on a pretty big, disgusting cake. And this is on top of federal and state taxes that get deducted from your paycheck and the local taxes you pay!

Want to build a home? You’ll have to pay a building permit tax.

Want to sell your property? You’ll have to pay a capital gains tax for the “right” to do so.

Want to drive a truck for a living? You’ll have to pay a CDL license tax.

Do you smoke? The government taxes that too.

Want to start your own company? You’ll be paying a corporate income tax, and if you’re an employee, and you don’t think that the level of your pay is affected, I have a bridge to sell you.

I recently got a ticket for making a mistake. It was very dark, and it was 2am. I had gone to an ATM to make a deposit, and took a left turn into the wrong lane on a very dark road. I was unfamiliar with the area, and didn’t see the concrete divider. There was no oncoming traffic, and I realized my mistake as soon as I made it. Luckily there was a break in the concrete divider not more than 20 feet ahead, so I easily jumped into the correct lane. Got stopped by the cops. Explained the situation. They gave me a ticket anyway and told me I should have been grateful that they only have me a $30 fine for making this error, and that it was a local fine that wouldn’t affect my driving record. They explained that if I chose to go to court, I had that option. I figured that $30 was a small price to pay compared to having to miss a day of work. Small fine, my ass! After court fees for a court appearance that I chose not to make, that fine ended up being $96.  Court fees. Thanks, Fairfax County! You suck!

Got a dog? Many localities will have a dog license tax. Licensing a pet. Hey – it’s a revenue stream!

Some other taxes that get deducted from your check include unemployment taxes, Medicare and Social Security taxes.

There is a tax on fishing and hunting licenses.

You pay 42 cents out of every dollar in taxes when you fill up your car.

Did your uncle Harry leave you some money in his will? The government will get its share, even though your uncle Harry likely already paid taxes on that money.

Your booze habit is taxed by your government as well through liquor taxes.

Did you finally make enough money to buy yourself something special? Well, if the government considers your purchase non-essential, you’ll be paying a luxury tax for the privilege of owning your own property. You also pay real estate taxes and property taxes for the privilege of owning your house and your car.

Let’s not forget sales taxes! Some states’ sales taxes are higher than others, but they still exist. Truckers pay road usage taxes. Do you have an RV, a boat or a trailer? Well, you’ll be paying a tax on that thing too, as well as a vehicle registration and a license registration tax.  And by the way, you’re paying excise taxes on your phones already,  in addition to phone federal universal service fees, telephone federal, state and local surcharges, minimum usage surcharges on your phone,  state and local taxes on your telephone as well as usage charges, which makes the extra $5 your government even more is pretty galling. Oh, and if you think you’re not paying taxes on your utilities, you’re stupid.  You’ve got service charges, school taxes, you pay every time you hit a toll road, tunnel or bridge.

White House deputy press secretary Josh Earnest yesterday was amazed that Congress apparently has a problem with imposing yet another tax on top of what the government already sucks out of us! Goodness! Why should giving public schools high-speed Internet be in any way controversial?

Apparently Earnest, like Ellison, believes that there’s plenty of money out there. The government just needs to appropriate it.

Aren’t you glad your government officials have such deep respect for your property?

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