One of the most brilliantly evil things government has ever done is to collect nearly all the taxes we pay without our conscious knowledge. Federal, state, and social security taxes are deducted from paychecks, so most people don’t even think about them as part of their real earnings. Sales taxes are factored into the purchase prices in our minds. Property taxes are usually escrowed by the bank and put into your monthly mortgage payment. Hardly anyone can tell you how much of each gallon of gas we purchase is for the tax vs the fuel itself. How much of the country even realizes they only pay half of their social security/medicare tax, as the employer pays an equal amount on their behalf? Look at your W2’s, and imagine if everyone had to write physical checks at the end of the year for the total fed, state, and social security amounts! Do you think people may then pay attention to how much the government screws them every year? How perverse is it that most people consider a tax refund or “stimulus” check some kind of gift or bonus from the government?
These taxes are just the start. Every time the government taxes a business, it adds to their cost, meaning prices go up to cover it. So the scraps of take-home pay we get to keep mean even less. When government can’t hide a tax from you somehow, they simply change its name, calling it a permit, license, toll, surcharge, or whatever. The insane trillions being spent lately will be paid for by the working people. It’s a reverse-Robin Hood transfer of wealth, which is why politicians and billionaires get richer every year.