"Remember that old saying (with modifications) : 'Give to Caesar what is Caesar's and give to God what is God's. Just make sure Caesar does not take too much.'"
Years ago, a friend of mine told me the quickest way to get most people who pay taxes, and to vote Republican every election, was to repeal the Current Tax Payment Act of 1943. Why? Having money you earn withheld and sent to the government without ever seeing it, becomes a "boiling frog" issue. You just become accustomed to making 75%, 66% or even 50% of what you earned. You just accept it, and life goes on.
However, if the Current Tax Payment Act of 1943 was never enacted, every month, along with the mortgage payment, car payments, and whatever else, would be the checks made out to the federal and state governments. All of a sudden, all those dollars become up close and personal. They have landed in your checkbook, stayed there just long enough to get warm, and then gone. Blue Pill people who walk around fat dumb and happy, would suddenly become radical Red Pill people. Demanding better accountability with their tax dollars.
And that is exactly why this law will never be repealed. There would be rioting in the streets. Why? All of a sudden, people would demand accountability. Tax money would go from being "funny money", to the real, hard earned money of the people. But that is a huge defining difference between the Red Team and the Blue Team. The Red Team sees each dollar as being the people's money. The Blue Team sees that money as never really being ours. It belongs to Big Brother and the government.
While I am on this rant, how about this one also? Why do we have our federal and state taxes wrapped into a gallon of gasoline? Why don't we pump our gasoline, and then pay for the gasoline PLUS the taxes. Have the taxes visible. Why? The majority of people in each state have no clue how many dollars they pay in federal or state taxes for every gallon of gasoline.
For example, if I went to the gas station and bought 20 gallons worth of gasoline, I would pay for the gas and then federal tax of $3.68 and state tax of $5.72. All of a sudden, people would start becoming very interested in how our gas tax dollars are used. Right now, all those tax dollars are buried. Kind of like the withholding in our payroll taxes.
I could keep going. The property taxes which are escrowed in the mortgage payment. Buried within those property taxes are the school taxes. Get the picture? If we had to pay our portion of the school board taxes when they were meeting, I wonder how that would go?
Should Tim Walz win the election, get ready for more of the same. Did I say more? How about a lot more. Remember that old saying (with modifications) : "Give to Caesar what is Caesar's and give to God what is God's. Just make sure Caesar does not take too much."