Are we (done) playing chicken?!
August 3, 2010 3 Comments
We may be the one’s in the chicken suits, waving people to c’mon in. No one is waving back! We may be the one’s saying, “May I take your order please?” No one is saying, “Yes please.” There is a multitude of mundane and less rewarding tasks we do for ourselves and for our families. We are taken for granted. It is bad enough our family and friends expect us to take it on the chin. Now big government wants a piece of the action. That’s right! Don’t fool yourself. Even if you are getting a nice refund check, you’re paying taxes brothers and sisters. If you are a working stiff, more and more you are working for those who do not work or will not work.
If this sounds familiar, welcome to the working class. We are tired, we are exhausted. The people who have been elected to spend our tax dollars depend on it. That is why we need to get singular and focused on one message. We need a “reverse stimulus.” The silent majority can no longer remain silent. Hello! “Wake up Washington!” We are done playing chicken!
Campaign rhetoric was and the new Administration maintains, “Ninety-five (95) percent of our taxpayers will not pay more taxes.” The solution the President campaigned on was that the rich needed to pay more taxes. Where the sleight of hand was and remains, is that the working class, the wage earners, the self-employed and small business owners need a tax break if the economy is to recover. The rich will stop spending, cut expenses, including employment (the working class); and effectively negate any tax increases.
Working class people, whether they get a refund or earned income tax credit are taxpayers. Make no mistake about it. Our hard earned dollars are contributing to government programs, Local, County, State and Federal taxes on consumables such as gasoline for our clunkers (we all have one).
Working people need a holiday; a payroll tax holiday! The butcher, the baker and the candlestick maker; even Joe the plumber, it’s time to place our hard earned tax dollars where it is will do the most good, back in our pockets. We can do that if we can go on holiday, a payroll tax holiday. We are the working class, the employees who work for small businesses, the self-employed and the small business owners that make up the backbone of the United States of America.
Banks won’t loan us money, so our home becomes our bank. Merchants won’t extend us credit, so we play the shell game with credit cards. Small business owner’s prospective customers doubt we can stay in business. Many of them buy from bigger companies. Many of those companies depend on big labor or 3rd world countries to make “throw away products” and provide “unintelligible services” that would frustrate a monk. Now, we, the working class have had to bailout big government, big business and big labor, mired in corruption, yesterday’s technology and bottomless bureaucracy.
We’re still here. Unlike big business and big labor we actually want your business. We actually take pride in what we do, make great products and provide great service because we stand behind them. Why? The self-employed, small business people and their employees have to stay in business to make a living and pay our taxes.
A bipartisan effort, two freshmen House members, are offering a six month “holiday” from payroll taxes that they say would benefit both small businesses and the working poor. Under the bill offered by Rep. Aaron Schock, R-Ill., and Rep. Walt Minnick, D-Idaho, employers and employees of businesses with 50 or fewer workers would pay no Social Security and Medicare taxes for six months. See the link below for more details…
Currently, both employers and employees are required to pay the 6.2 percent Social Security tax and the 1.45 percent Medicare tax throughout the year. According to the congressional Joint Committee on Taxation, payroll taxes are a bigger burden than income taxes for more than four out of five tax filers. Lower-income workers would especially stand to benefit from a suspension of the taxes: according to the Joint Committee on Taxation, more than 60 million tax filers with incomes under $40,000 had tax returns in which their payroll taxes were greater than their income taxes.
We need tax relief for the working class, their families, their fellow employees, the self-employed, and small business owners. Ask for a holiday for the working class, a payroll tax holiday. Maybe we need a million man and woman march on Washington to demonstrate the need for a Payroll Tax holiday for the working class of America?