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!