John, I did say before that you are ignoring the 16th amendment, which is the law of the land.
I am? How about explaining how I am ignoring the 16th Amendment? Or, did you also make that up?
But you are also very wrong about the number of political jobs and virtually everything else.
I see you have repeated your unsubstantiated assertion. How nice.
Let us look at the facts:
FEDERAL EMPLOYEE OVERVIEW
Are you considering a government job? The federal government employs more than 2,715,000 workers and hires hundreds of thousands each year to replace civil service workers that transfer to other federal government jobs, retire, or stop working for other reasons. Average annual salary for full-time federal government jobs exceeds $67,000. The U.S. Government is the largest employer in the United States, hiring about 2.0 percent of the nation's civilian work force. Federal government jobs can be found in every state and large metropolitan area, including overseas in over 200 countries.
Mary and Joe Sixpack`s average annual wage amounts to approximately $40-45 K
In addition here are other federal employee ``benefits``:
Life insurance plan___ Mary and Joe Sixpack get to pay 1/3 of a government workers federal life insurance plan.
Federal Employees Dental & Vision Program is a full coverage plan and federal employees get to use pre-tax dollars to pay for their vision and dental premiums while Mary and Joe are forced to use after taxed dollars to fund their Dental & Vision plan..
Under the federal employee retirement system, there is a tax-deferred savings plan known as the ``Thrift Savings Plan``. Under this plan, federal workers may contribute up to 10% of their salaries to the plan, with Mary and Joe Sixpack being taxed to match up to 5% of a federal employees contribution.
Also under the Civilian Service Retirement System a federal employee contributes 7% of their paycheck to retirement while Mary and Joe Sixpack are forced to match that 7 % out of their paychecks.
And, with reference to health insurance, which is in addition to the above mentioned dental and vision plan, see Federal Employees to See Moderate Rise in Health Insurance Premiums
Health insurance premiums for federal employees and retirees will increase by an average of 2.1 percent next year, the Office of Personnel Management announced this afternoon.
The federal program will offer 283 plans next year and will provide insurance coverage to about 8 million Americans: civil service and postal workers, retirees, and family members. The government picks up about 70 percent of premium costs in its role as employer.
What the article meant to state is, Mary and Joe Sixpack, who can barely meet their own health care needs, get to pick up about 70 percent of the premium costs to provide health care to federal employees and their families.
And you think Mary and Joe Sixpack have not been made a tax slave for the Washington Establishment and its millions of political plum job holders?
``Paul is a radical who makes little sense``
We are not talking about Ron Paul, but a specific quote of his:
``The real enemy of tax reform is the spending culture in Washington.
Let me repeat: we will never
have tax reform in this country until Congress changes its spending habits. The reform rhetoric, regardless of which party it comes from, never changes the reality that federal spending grows every year``-----Ron Paul
Now, are you interested in tax reform and how to control the reckless spending and borrowing habits of Congress or is it your aim to misdirect the subject matter as seems to be the pattern in this thread? What do you think about our Constitution`s fair share formula? How would you make members of Congress immediately accountable for reckless spending and borrowing? Do you enjoy being a tax slave for the Washington Establishment and its millions of political plum job holders?
``He has erected a multitude of new offices (Washington`s existing political plum job Empire) , and sent hither swarms of officers, to harass our people, and eat out their substance``
___Declaration of Independence