Ten Reasons Not to Get a Job (Part IV)

4. Too many mouths to feed.

Employee income is the most heavily taxed there is.  In the USA you can expect that about half your salary will go to taxes.  The tax system is designed to disguise how much you’re really giving up because some of those taxes are paid by your employer, and some are deducted from your paycheck.  But you can bet that from your employer’s perspective, all of those taxes are considered part of your pay, as well as any other compensation you receive such as benefits.  Even the rent for the office space you consume is considered, so you must generate that much more value to cover it.  You might feel supported by your corporate environment, but keep in mind that you’re the one paying for it.

Another chunk of your income goes to owners and investors.  That’s a lot of mouths to feed.

It isn’t hard to understand why employees pay the most in taxes relative to their income.  After all, who has more control over the tax system?  Business owners and investors or employees?

You only get paid a fraction of the real value you generate.  Your real salary may be more than triple what you’re paid, but most of that money you’ll never see.  It goes straight into other people’s pockets.

What a generous person you are!

Jerry Nelson is a freelance photojournalist living in Asheville, North Carolina. He has traveled the world documenting the tears, joys, laughter and lives of people everywhere. He currently focuses his camera on the same topics in America. His work has appeared in such diverse publications as USAToday, CNN, Upsurge, Dream Row and others. A portion of his income from each photo shoot is donated to organizations that help the homeless in the communities in which he works. You can see more of his photography by clicking here.

2 thoughts on “Ten Reasons Not to Get a Job (Part IV)

  1. Taxes are part and parcel of this country’s well being. To support the social security system we have to pay into it. That benefit was created in the last depression. Unemployment taxes assist those who have lost their jobs and need the support to search for the next one.

    How many times has the employment benefits been extended in this current economy and how much debt will this country pay when it finally is over.

    Obama said it the other night. That this is the greatest country in the world and none of us would trade it for another one. There are problems there is unfairness, but if people in their cubicles would join hearts and minds to creating a greater good, a faster technique, a better gadget, we can dig ourselves out of this hole.

    We elected the system in place. Let’s insist they change the system.

    But as said earlier posting. Don’t give up what we have now till we have a better system to improve it with.

    No one wants to experience bread lines or helicopter drops of food and supplies from other countries. We don’t like rice that much.

  2. That my friend is the essence of Capital, by Mr Marx. Bravo. We all forget it cause we have to eat. I tried the business approach, and taxes crapped me out. Back at square one.

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