Can someone explain to me this?
I pay income tax on my earnings (a hefty %).
Then with that after tax money, I have to pay sales tax when I eat at restaurants or buy stuff at stores.
Also with that after tax money, I have to pay real estate tax and personal property tax (car).
...and don't even get me started on Social Security. I'll never get a penny of it but I am paying for it.
Here's what ticks me off even more.
I have a friend, bless his soul, who gets food stamp credit cards, money for his baby (food & diapers).
What's maddening is that he and his employer has agreed to pay everything off the books (in cash - illegal) and he gets to report an income well below what he gets in cash.
Doesn't pay income tax, doesn't pay social, etc.
Just a big effing crack in the system and people are probably abusing the heck out of this!