Isn't it sad when you REALLY think about it? That nothing is free except for the air we breathe to live? We live in a society where we MUST consume, meaning it costs money to do ANYTHING. We are all struggling financially because the economy is so bad and the cost of everything is going through the roof. We are paying for the really bad decisions the government and the politicians within made over the course of decades. Unless one is homeless and has absolutely nothing, we have to pay for taxes, food, water, transportation, heat, housing, etc., etc. It is really frustrating that even if you own your home free and clear, we must still pay property taxes (at least here in the US) to the local government year after year for the pleasure of owning your home. If you fail to pay, they can come after you with the force of government might and eventually force you out of your home. What kind of CRAP is that?
True, you can minimize your outgoing expenses by cutting back, buying used or accepting hand-me-downs, growing your own food and/or foraging for it, but one must still spend money somewhere. Just imagine how much extra money you will have toward your retirement, vacation fund, house fund, or whatever else your heart desires if the government was not so greedy. Every year, Tax Freedom Day comes later and later (April 12 for 2011), and what do we really have to show for it? Zip, zero, nada. It is estimated that every American "owes" approximately a $200,000 share of the national debt as it stands today. I just read in the news that a brand new high school in California built at the cost of $105 million to the local tax payers cannot open because the school district has no funds to pay for the new teachers and administrators to open the school. Is is insanity. WHEN is it going to end?