I thought I would switch things up here a bit and actually try to discuss more substantive things like everyone’s favorite topic, TAXES.
I don’t care which side of the political divide you stand on — nobody likes paying taxes. Nobody who is American, to be specific. Apparently there are people in other countries who are somewhat giddy about paying taxes — just not here. Not even those of us “tax and spend” liberal types.
I stopped watching cable news shows about a year ago. But I do still enjoy a good comedic show about politics — if done right. I was a fan of Hasan Minhaj’s show, The Patriot Act on Netflix, but I guess the pressure from Saudi Arabia to get him off the air was too much for Netflix, so he was cancelled. Since then, I’ve found Jon Stewart has a show on Apple TV that takes a dive into different topics that drive the news. It comes out every Friday, and he ridicules EVERYONE involved. Yesterday’s show was:
Why Americans Hate Paying Taxes | The Problem with Jon Stewart
I don’t know about his figures — for me that isn’t important as much as WHERE the tax money is going and WHAT we are getting for the dollars we send them. He also leans heavily into the rampant fraud involved in government spending and the complete and total lack of meaningful oversight. He also has a one-on-one interview with Representative Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn), Chair of the House Appropriations Committee, and he tried to pin her down on oversight and spending and it doesn’t go well for her. Frankly, I found her to be almost clueless as to what has been going on with all of these programs. The only thing she could focus on was the fact that she helped pass the bills that create or support these programs. After that, she couldn’t care less about it’s implementation or maintenance.
You would have to see the entire hour. There is a panel of former government officials who describe the waste and abuse of the funds once they become available. It doesn’t matter who is in the White House or Congress, it has been going on for years and everyone is making money off of it.
The video here is just an excerpt. To get the full show, go to Apple TV.