Your Federal Tax Burden, Visualized in Burritos and Beers.
…the 2010 tax bill for a typical American family earning $50,000 comes out to about 1,752 Chipotle burritos. From that, the feds spent about 2,811 bottles of Bud Light on defense, 244 packs of cigarettes on Medicare, and 13 Red Bulls on energy spending. Unfortunately, it does not show how many decaf soy lattes went to NPR.
For more a ton more informative and visually interesting looks at how your taxes really break down, check out the entire post.
How long can this go on? The truth is that this can go on forever. The rich now control enough of the media to create “reality”. Even as “concerns” are raised, the myth that nothing can be done trumps all. It is becoming the new “normal”. Every day we are told by the corporate media that it’s not possible to rehire the umemployed even if we started creating jobs at the rate jobs were created during the boom years of the Clinton Administration.
The thought that we could just do what needs to be done to make it happen never passes their lips. The principles that Alexander Hamilton presented to Congress in 1792 that took a back woods group of colonies that didn’t make shovels and created the largest most powerful manufacturing economy the world has ever seen, his words are never mentioned. They talk about manufacturing as if it were as quaint as powdered wigs. China, Japan and Germany all operate on these same priciples that Hamilton proposed 230 years ago. Thirty years ago China was nearly as primitive as 1790s American and now they build 230 mph bullet trains. But we can’t; FOX, CBS, NBC and ABC say so, and they create reality.
So, a unionized public employee, a member of the Tea Party, and a CEO aresitting at a table. In the middle of the table is a plate with a dozen cookieson it. The CEO reaches across and takes 11 cookies. He looks at the tea partierand says, “Watch out for that union guy, he wants a piece of your cookie.”
Somebody pointed out that the math is wrong on this, a CEO really gets at least 400 cookies compared to the union guy.
Do we need unions? “United we bargain, divided we beg.”