You look at your paystub. 40 hours at $15 an hour. You should have $600 coming your way. You don’t. It is not even close, you see a bunch of abbreviations with minus signs next to them. FICA, Soc, blah, blah, so where does all that go? Does it help you? Well there is some logic behind it all, even if we don’t want to agree with it. Plus you should get used to it, it is only going to continue to get worse and rise.
Our federal, state, and local governments require money to maintain them, to pay salaries, to pay for programs that we demand, and to pay for various other things. The government raises the money it needs to pay for these activities by taxing its citizen’s income, the food they buy, the gas they use to drive cars, the property they own, the commercial goods they import from other countries, and even the money you are left when a relative passes away.