4. You receive/received health care and retirement benefits from
an employer that were not taxable income. _____
Why? Determining what is taxable
income is arbitrary.
5. You have a bachelor's degree or
less and work for the Federal Government. ______
Why? Federal employees with a
HS degree or less earn 36% more in wages and fringe benefits than their
doing comparable work.
Those with a bachelor's degree earn 15% more. Professional degree
holders earn 18% less.
6. You work/worked for a nonprofit organization receiving tax concessions: educational, religious,
charitable. fraternal, trade associations, labor organizations
Why? Organization can
afford to pay you more in salary/benefits.
While working foe a private college I had
plenty with the maximum reaching a $10000 expense account, a $6,500 car account,
health/dental, and a 10% non matching contribution to retirement. Plus they matched SS and
Medicare payments. All not taxable income. _____
7. As an employee of a college your family
receives free tuition that is nontaxable income
Why? One place I worked
had an employee send two children to Syracuse where they received $160,000 at
today's rates as a discount/ None was taxed.
A teacher received a free law degree and another a free MBA.
I got a second BS as an employee for a college and paid zero tuition and
it was not taxable income.
Health benefits became an exclusion form taxable income to avoid wage and price
controls during WW2.
Note: I exclude things like corporate welfare and ...
The comparison can go on and on but seesaws are for children!
8. You purchased for
value from a nonprofit organization:
charitable. Fraternal, trade associations, labor organizations
Organization's product is considered valuable and they are excused from contributing to society's general well-being.
Federal aid reduced the cost of the degrees I earned from three private colleges.
family are not covered by health insurance ______
Why? You have the security
of knowing society will pay when sickness occurs. Just go to the
10. Take/took interest paid on
a home as a tax deduction. _____
Why? This tax
deductions is arbitrary.
Note: The 1913 deduction was to help business and the rich as average
people, mainly farmers who
could afford a home paid cash, had no
11. You have/had many children and don't pay a lot of property
Why? State and local
taxes are base on property values not number of children and
those with few or no children don't need many of the benefits provided.
I paid a lot of property taxes in NH and had no children, was not connected to town water
or sewer and
was last to receive snow removal.
12. You receive Medicare, SNAP, SSI, TANF and
many other major federal, state, and local safety net program benefits.
Why? Society has
decided these are necessary regardless of contributions to the system.
Commentary: Maybe, just maybe, we as a nation are getting a little
spoiled, maybe even greedy when judging
how our government gets involved with