Here I was planning on a nifty little post that included a movie review along with a muse on the plight of the long term unemployed. Then news of the Reduce America’s Debt Now Act of 2011 hit the air. In case you have not heard, some members of Congress have introduced H. R. 2411 which proposes that taxpayers elect to have wages withheld and applied as a payment toward reducing the national debt.
Here is a section of text from that bill which was introduced on July 6, 2011:
SEC. 2. VOLUNTARY WITHHOLDING FROM PAYROLL FOR REDUCTION OF THE PUBLIC DEBT.
(a) In General- An employee may elect for an employer to deduct and withhold upon the payment of wages by such employer amounts to be used to reduce the public debt.
(b) Requirement of Withholding- Every employer making payment of wages shall deduct and withhold upon such wages any amounts so elected, and shall pay such amounts over to the Secretary of the Treasury at such times and in such manner as the Secretary shall by regulation prescribe.
(c) Transfers to Account To Reduce Public Debt- The Secretary shall, not less frequently than monthly, transfer to the special account established by section 3113(d) of title 31, United States Code, amounts equal to the amounts paid over under subsection (b).
Now I don’t know about you, but what type of idiot is being paid to represent the people and proposing garbage like this? To add insult to injury, if some of the the Sheeple in this country decide to go along with this, their donations are not even tax deductible. Talk about gall.
Not deductible you say? Okay, maybe it does not matter to you since you are not going to be dumb enough to contribute to this nonsense, but perhaps your misguided neighbor (who does not read this blog) is feeling patriotic and wants to help out. So he allows for a $100 deduction. The bill provides for no social security and Medicare taxes on this amount but heck, the dumb neighbor still has to kick in $20 to $30 bucks in Federal income tax.
Cripes. What next?
More bureaucracy, more reports, and an increased burden on employers, that’s what. Employers will have new reports to file, new deductions to track, and new penalties to incur if they misstep by even one dollar. Companies that write payroll software will have to scramble to change their code and employers will have to subscribe to the update. What I see is a big mess for everyone except the Congress which sits fat and happy in their cushy jobs with fat-cat benefits and nothing better to do than to soak it to the people.
So what to do?
Send an email to your representatives in Washington and tell them to get back to work in solving our jobs crisis. Find funding for small businesses that will put people back to work. Because, at the end of the day, it is jobs that will turn this country around and not some stupid “donation” from misguided citizens.
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Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!
Backdoor Survival Tip of the Day: You know how I love my cast iron skillet. And truly, it is a breeze to clean – most of the time. Where I run into issues is when I allow my food to get the crusties (all of those delicious morsels that cling to the food and make it so tasty LOL). I was using a spatula and some elbow grease to scrape off the bits before wiping the skillet clean but alas, that was too much trouble so I let Survival Husband do it.
Well no more. I ordered these nifty scraper do-dads from Amazon and they make easy work of cleaning up those bits and pieces of food that are left in the skillet after cooking. The Set of 2 Lodge Polycarbonate Pan Scrapers are only $4.30 with free shipping and are well worth the price.
From the Bargain Bin: Amazon has the Kingston 4GB flash drive for $7.99 (you need one for your survival docs) and the Lodge 12-Inch Pre-Seasoned Skillet is $18.97. And finally, the price of the price of 20 Gallon size Mylar Bags & Oxygen Absorbers. The price is now $16.99, down almost $5 from a month ago.
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