Who stole our money
It is not just the 1%, but millions of government employees and contractors also stole our money.
Who stole our money and destroyed the middle class? The simple answer is the top 1% of the richest people who have seen their wealth grown at the same time the middle class collapsed.
The Great Wealth Transfer of the last 25 years is well documented. All the gains from productivity and technology have gone to the top 1% of the richest people.
Millions of government employees and contractors also stole our money.
It is well known that overpaid government employees and contractors work the minimum number of hours, and get generous time off for stress, or minor injury, while the private sector employees are paid less, pay higher taxes, and get none of the benefits. Government employees and contractors work inefficiently, charge the maximum rate, get tax breaks, do barely adequate quality of work, and offer absolutely the very worst service.
Do you ever wonder why employees at government and large corporations are negative, callous, and dehumanized? Research shows "excessive detachment and little concern seemed to lead staff to respond to clients in negative, callous, and dehumanized ways
: Annual Review of Psychology. They simply don't care, are inefficient and exhausted.
"Profiles of law enforcement (i.e. police officers and prison guards) were characterized by comparatively high levels of cynicism and inefficacy and low levels of exhaustion. Teaching was characterized by the highest level of exhaustion, with both other dimensions close to the nation’s average. Medicine in both countries was characterized by somewhat lower levels of exhaustion and cynicism, and by slightly higher levels of inefficacy
": Annual Review of Psychology.
Yet all Government employees and contractors enjoy generous pay, extensive perks and bloated retirement pensions. Their pay, perks, and pensions are never questioned and never under threat.
Government contracts are considered so lucrative that businessmen fight like drug lords and mafia dons for them. Government jobs are so lucrative that they are reserved for family and friends of existing employees and rarely advertised to the public.
The excuse Government contractors and employees make is that they are performing public service under stressful conditions. Why would handling social benefits be more complex or stressful than handling cash at a bank, or servicing an aircraft engine, or spraying pesticides on crops at a farm, or developing financial software?
From the Libertarian party manifesto: "We call for the repeal of the income tax, the abolishment of the Internal Revenue Service and all federal programs and services not required under the U.S. Constitution. We oppose any legal requirements forcing employers to serve as tax collectors. We support any initiative to reduce or abolish any tax, and oppose any increase on any tax for any reason. To the extent possible, we advocate that all public services be funded in a voluntary manner."
"We advocate replacing defined-benefit pensions with defined-contribution plans, as are commonly offered in the private sector, so as not to impose debt on future generations without their consent."
Source: The Libertarian Party Manifesto
It must be a big problem indeed for a political party to add it to its manifesto.
There is a sinister and dark side to this as well. Big bloated government departments protect and grow their revenue streams at all costs. They spy on the public, harass them, and develop a sense of entitlement to public money. This eventually leads to fascism.
A middle-class person in the Westernized World pays 33-50% of what he earns directly or indirectly as taxes. This includes income tax, sales tax, house tax etc. While the 1% stole our money by not paying us our fair share, the millions of inefficient, overpaid, entitled government employees and contractors spent and misused half of what you earned. In return you got barely adequate quality of work, broken and outdated infrastructure, and absolutely the very worst service with generous helpings of casual rudeness, bullying, petty harassment, and criminalizing petty misdemeanors.
Isn't that stealing?