Today, I was gutting a house that was fire damaged to rebuild and rent out. While I was working I started thinking about why I even try to make a good living for my family. I am not rich, I just work hard, like the rest of the people on this board. I probably will be posting on this in HI, but it really gets under my skin. I work in Afghanistan, my first 97,000 is tax free, everything after that is taxable. Let me tell you about the taxable part..... I dont follow a "taxable table", I follow a formula that takes that 97,000 and throws it right out the window....I paid in over 40,000 in taxes last year, and with a failed business, 4 dependants I got back 1,000 dollars? Break down on taxes per each dollar: 1. IRS 23% for most of us leaves me 77 cents 2. State: 7.5% leaves me 69 1/2 cents 3. City: 10% leaves me 59 1/2 cents 4. Gas: 11% leaves me 48 1/2 cents 5. Paying Fat Cats Bonus' leaves me ? 6. Paying for Health Care leaves me ? 7. Paying into SSI 6.5% leaves me 42 cents We could be owing money to work by now.... Wouldnt I be better off as an illegal? I get free medical, free housing, schooling, and free food and things that we really dont know about, someone to really represent me in Congress?