We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I am a chump. All my income is taxed - unlike my plumber, waiter, and carpenter friends who bring home cash every week.
I live in a rural area of a state that uses my income taxes to subsidize urban neighborhoods because there are more votes to be bought there. They even tax my 401k contributions to pay the pensions of state employees who, unlike me, get to retire with a big pension at age 55.
I pay almost $10k a year in property taxes and am still considering sending my kids to parochial High School instead of the mediocre regional one my town uses.
My family income puts us squarely in the middle of the middle class here in NJ, yet I pay thousands of extra dollars of income tax each year through the AMT which was created to tax the “rich.”
I have only myself to blame (and that San Antonio based company that didn’t make me a job offer a couple of years ago).
In one move, they have thoroughly demoralized the honest, taxpaying citizen. If a top official can ignore the law, so can the average taxpayer. They have no one to blame but themselves for what's coming.