Slavery is alive and well in the United States.
In Wikipedia the definition of slavery is found in the first line of the entry. It says, “Slavery is a system under which people are treated as property and are forced to work.” The other online dictionaries have basically the same definition as Wikipedia does. When people think of slavery today we usually think about the early years of this country when mostly blacks were held as slaves to work for their masters on plantations. In the United States we tend to only think of our own history and not that of the rest of the world, and thus very few of us know that slavery has been with man throughout our history, it involves all races enslaving other tribes of the same race or other races, and it still continues on to this day in some parts of Africa.
I want to expand this definition and proclaim today that almost everyone who lives in this country are now enslaved to the federal government. Now I know the federal government does not stand over us with a whip and chains, but what would happen if you refused to give up part of the proceeds of you work to them? They would march you into court and they would try you and they would throw you in Prison.
Prison seems to be a fantastic analogy of what America is today. Think about this for one moment. The government sends people to prison where they control every single aspect of the prisoner’s life. They control when the people eat and sleep, when the people shower, when they exercise, when they get to see people from the outside, how much free time they get during the day, and how long the people will be behind bars. The prison system represents the ultimate amount of control that the government can hold over any one person.
Let me ask you one very simple and basic question. When the government controls every single aspect of the lives of people in prison, how come prisons are not safe? Ultimately the government claims that every thing they do is to make the people in this country safe. They try to clean the air, clean the water, tell you what bulb to use, tell you how much water your toilet can flush, it imposes food policies down our throats, it tells us what we can smoke, who can smoke, where we can smoke, and it takes a cut from people who do smoke. The goal of all of this is to make people safer. Yet when they have the ultimate form of control, in a prison, there is no safety for the prisoners there. I would use this to extrapolate that everything the government is doing now is not making anyone in this country safer.
How does this fit in with the slavery thing?
There are two basic types of people in this country. There are those that work and pay taxes and those who live off of the government tit. I will address both of these as it pertains to slavery.
The workers get up and go to work every day. In return for their work and skills they get a wage. In a pure economic system everyone would barter their services or products but humans have evolved and we now get paid with paper money. The first thing to be taken out of this money that hard-working people earn are the various taxes. These taxes include social security, FICA, state taxes and federal taxes. I would argue that these taxes enslave us to the government. The government needs money to promote the safety of its citizens. Yet I would argue that the government only wants money to grow government. They do not care about the average worker until it comes time to take the taxes out of the paycheck.
And the taxes and slavery does not end there. Once you get your check you will have to make your house payment. If you own a house you pay property taxes. Most of us pay a monthly mortgage and we pay a portion of the taxes every month. Next, you pay taxes on everything you buy for consumption except on food and clothing in my state. So besides the average federal income tax rate of 18% that most people pay, most people pay a 10% state tax on average as well. We pay a percentage of our money left over for our property taxes, and then we pay 7% on everything else we buy. If you are getting to the store via your car you pay taxes on the gasoline and you pay taxes in the form of license fees. The bottom line is that by the end of the year the average worker pays 57.7% of their income to taxes. That statistic can be found here.
Think about that for one moment. Almost 60% of your time is spent toiling for the government or the master. We are involved in slavery every single day of our lives. I would argue that this rate is incorrect. Here is my reasoning.
Do corporations pay taxes? The obvious answer is that unless you are G.E. that they do pay taxes. In fact, the corporate tax rate in this country is 35%, which is the highest of any industrialized country in the world. The companies that pay the most taxes are the ones that have physical locations in every state, like Target or Wal-Mart because they cannot ship their operations overseas. Thus, every corporation in America pays 35% in taxes.
So let’s take a hypothetical situation where a person goes into Target to buy an Apple iPad for $600. Does Apple pay taxes on the iPod? No. It passes the taxes it pays onto the consumer. Let’s say Apple makes $200 profit on each iPad (I am assuming they sell the iPad to retailers for about $400. Thus, the taxes on $200 is $70, which the end-user pays. Now you walk into Target or Best Buy or Wal-Mart and they have to make a profit on each one so they sell it for $600. This means they make $200 on an iPad but they pass the $70 on to the consumer. For the entire purchase the end-user pays about $140 in taxes on this product BEFORE they pay the sales tax on that item. That is on a $600 purchase. Let’s round it up to $1,000 purchase and the taxes would be closer to $250. That is 25% on every single purchase you make. So out of the little pile of money the government allows you to keep, you go out and purchase things and the government takes a hidden cut of about $250 per $1,000. I would argue the effective tax rate on a single person in the U.S. is closer to 70%. If that is not slavery, I don’t know what is.
Slavery and the “poor.”
The poor in the country are on the other end of the spectrum. I firmly believe that most people who are poor in this country are poor because of poor life choices they made. Most of them do not graduate high school, most of them pop out kids because they know the rest of us will pay for them, most of them have given up.
This is a form of slavery in and of itself. If you have a person who is on welfare because of generational poverty, the Democrats in this country want you to be beholden to the government so they can continue to be the pigs they are and stay elected. How do you think most of these people feel every month while they wait for their government check? They probably feel a lot like the slaves did back in the day in this way: they are thankful to their masters for the meager amount of money they get.
Slavery and being poor in this country is absolutely a product of this current government. Yes, there were poor people before the government got so damn big. The government steps up with the “Great Society” and claims it is going to eliminate poverty. Has that happened? Far from it. We are now paying so much of our wages in taxes that a majority of people in this country are now on food stamps. This is another hidden tax. Why? Because the government doesn’t simply take money from me and give it to you, it takes a cut out of every dollar to pay the salaries of the same people who impose the taxes on those who work. Thus, now the government has set up the perfect system of slavery.
Yes, we do not get whipped but if we do not pay taxes we will go to jail. If we go to jail then we are put in real and physical danger. Basically there is a gun to our heads. That it a nutshell is the very definition of slavery.