Letters from the Lunar Outpost

A mans' character is the reality of himself; his reputation, the opinion others have formed about him; character resides in him, reputation in other people; that is the substance, this is the shadow.
- Beecher, American Preacher, Orator, and Writer (1813-1878)

In terms of the burden it places on Americans, our 74,000 page tax code is a monstrosity that dwarfs the Washington Monument in size.

In terms of the burden it places on Americans, our 74,000 page tax code is a monstrosity that dwarfs the Washington Monument in size.

How many millions of hours do you think Americans spend on government paperwork every year?

The answer is staggering. It is measured not in the millions of hours, but in the billions — 9.14 of them, to be exact. Suppose that we value one hour at $20 (a conservative estimate). If so, the government imposes an annual reporting cost of more than $180 billion on the American people.

NY Times

The article was written by Cass R. Sunstein, who goes on to say:

There is reason to be hopeful. From 2009 to 2012, I led the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, which oversees the Paperwork Reduction Act. (Yes, there is such a thing.)

As part of President Obama’s continuing effort to streamline regulatory requirements, we took a series of quiet but aggressive steps to cut pointless red tape. In the last decade, the estimated paperwork burden peaked between 2007 and 2009, and while it remains far too high, we were able to chip away at it.

I’m still trying to get over the shock that the Obama administration has given anything other than a token thought to trying to reduce the massive burden of paperwork and red tape the government lays upon our people and businesses, but when you consider that tax preparation costs this nation 9.14 billion hours in lost productivity, we need to do far more than just chip away at the problem.

President Obama has spent a lot of time talking about the need for people to “pay their fair share.” Turns out Obama’s fair share this year was 18%. Shouldn’t we all follow the example set by our dear leader and pay the same?

Our obscenely massive and convoluted tax code is the breeding ground for all that is evil in D.C. In a single stroke, a flat tax of 18% would put a stake through the heart of the legion of lobbyist vampires selling out average Americans for special interests and corporate welfare.

If our most patriotic president‘s fair share is 18%, may we all be just as patriotic and pay 18% as well. Now that would truly be fair.

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6 Responses to Paying Your Fair Share

  • Mike, self-employed all my life in various small businesses. (now retired) While in business, no matter how small, it took almost a full time “person” just to keep up with ‘paper work’, mostly done for IRS purposes. It is just plain STUPID. All business could prosper, hire more, have the time needed to build the business (grow) if the U.S. people would start voting for people who cared for this country and with brains enough to fix stupid. Obviously, the men and women we are voting into Congress do not have the ‘where with all’ to do the job. It begins with local gov’t. Wake Up America!

  • Do as I say, not as I do. Obama doesn’t really believe in everyone paying their fair share. He just wants Republicans to pay for all the desires of the Democrats. He believes in the theory of marriage…What is yours is mine and what is mine is mine…Are all baby killers this way?

  • It is amazing, when this waste is pointed out. The Feds are very wasteful with our $ because, well, it doesn’t really belong to them. I’d have no problem either- spending someone else’s $.
    If they just stopped the fraud alone-there would be enough saved to cut taxes in half!
    9-9-9 or fairtax is needed. OR….Don’t tax income-tax wealth.

  • I agree with Susanne44208 & Rightwingpolok…… Where is Herman ??? Herman we need your 999 plan, can you help us ??? Yes, we do need a NEW something along with a new Senate and a new Congress would be a great plus too… But until we get another chance to make a significant change we will just have to keep on keeping on… My Granny use to always say, “The one thing that a person can count on and depend on is CHANGE” SOOOO lets all pray (& vote) for change, whadaya say ???? Thanks You, Wiilah

  • All I know is that great big sucking sound was from my bank account, making a bee-line to the IRS; and it was a bigger percentage than Big O’s. Hypocrisy knows no boundaries — not just in partisan politics — but in most politicians (except for Romney…the money that man gives to charity should make POTUS and VPOTUS shamed into hiding this time of year).

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