Wednesday, September 22, 2010

"Send it in!"

I love this story. I love this effort.

One of the things that's happened over the years is that the government class has come to look upon the citizens as chattel, much as the old feudal masters looked on their, well, chattel. But it has always maintained the fiction that it believed in "citizens" and doing what was best for them. All usurpations of power and authority were done "for the children" or "for the elderly" or "for public safety" or "for the common good." And always done in service of the fiction that the government was doing things by and for and in the name of "the people."

So I love that someone's actually proposed, in a proposal that's now gone public, something that strips away all the veneer.
UK Proposes All Paychecks Go to the State First
The UK's tax collection agency is putting forth a proposal that all employers send employee paychecks to the government, after which the government would deduct what it deems as the appropriate tax and pay the employees by bank transfer.

The proposal by Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC) stresses the need for employers to provide real-time information to the government so that it can monitor all payments and make a better assessment of whether the correct tax is being paid.

Currently employers withhold tax and pay the government, providing information at the end of the year, a system know as Pay as You Earn (PAYE). There is no option for those employees to refuse withholding and individually file a tax return at the end of the year.

If the real-time information plan works, it further proposes that employers hand over employee salaries to the government first.

Hey, you know that they already look at it as their money, because they talk about how some of you have already "made enough money," and about how tax cuts "cost the government money." Let's be up-front about it - the government gets everything, and you get some back by sufferance, if they feel like it. There's an old joke version of the income tax form which has two lines:
  1. How much money did you make?
  2. Send it in!

Someone in the UK has taken it seriously.

In any event, this is the kind of thing that might awaken even the most well-intentioned of well-intentioned non-hard-left "I'm-liberal-because-conservatives-are-mean-to-people-and-I'm-not-mean" compatriots from his slumber. So I love it.

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