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    The fiscal cliff: Messages to Washington

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    The average American, Fiscal cliff and taxes

    I have been keeping up with this fiscal cliff fiasco and have a few comments, from the perspective of the average American.
    First of all, what does Congress do all year, besides pontificate on various nonsensical issues that none of us care about and make speeches in honor of “national bacon week”? I say this because nothing is ever resolved until it reaches a crisis point, then we solve it, make speeches praising bacon and dilly dally around until the next crisis, and so on. These guys (and gals) all make pretty nice pay checks for this; nice work if you can get it I guess.
    So, here we are at crisis time on the fiscal cliff and taxes, again. Personally, I’m so tired of hearing about taxes I could puke.
    Which brings me to my next point; why can’t we really, and I mean really, reform our tax system?
    One of the main reasons our tax code is so complicated is that, over the years, we have put a “patch” on everything and called it good so we could go make a speech about the virtues of nylon during “national nylon week.” I mean, that’s what’s really important, isn’t it? That we see our local representative on TV, making speeches to an empty room about polka dot cotton? Yea, good job Congress! You nailed that one!
    I have studied this tax thing for a while, and I don’t know why we can’t have one flat rate for everyone, all the time. Then we could quit patching it and make grand speeches about national gravy day.
    Some people say “the rich need to pay more” and I say “where I went to school 10 percent of 1 million is more than 10 percent of 100,000.” We should all pay our fair share; we all get (theoretically) the same amount of government and access to our representatives, so why not all of us pay the same rate? And, with a flat rate and no deductions, the more you make the more you pay. What’s not to like?
    Part of the problem, as I see it, is that the wealthy, who pay more taxes already, are getting more access and I suspect the more they pay the more access they will have. This means a handful of people are making all the rules, in their favor of course. Maybe if we cut that out the average Joe would get more representation and fewer speeches about tie rod ends.
    And while we’re on this subject, who in the hell is Grover Norquist? He appears to have the best representation in Congress. I’m almost positive he doesn’t live in my district, so why is my Congressman signing pledges to him? He ought to be signing pledges to the people in his district not to give any stupid speeches for the next year and take care of this tax problem once and for all.
    But hey, what do I know?
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