Sure, Pat Sajak hosts Wheel of Fortune, but he's also an American
who cares about things in America that matter to Americans (unlike Alex
Trebek, who is Canadian, and thus only cares about getting the Nordiques
back). After heroically addressing
race relations (important, but complicated) earlier this summer, Sajak
is using his Ricochet blog to address the greatest on-going threat
America's fiscal security: payroll taxes. Sajak suggests they're worse
than Bankruptcy and Lose a Turn combined. Not because of the
cost--it's the principle of the thing he doesn't like. Explains Sajak:
earn money, but you never see it. You never touch it. You never earn
interest on it. And you certainly never spend it. It goes directly to
the government, and, while making the payment a little more “painless”,
it feeds the notion that the money belonged to the government in the
first place. Salaries become more theoretical than real, and the amount
withheld becomes factored into your thinking. In other words, your
take-home pay, for all practical purposes, becomes your
salary...Imagine, however, having to sit down once a week or once a
month and write checks to the state and federal governments. There would
be several immediate benefits. First, workers would have a greater
sense of how much of their money is being spent, and they would almost
certainly keep a closer eye on what their leaders were doing with these
funds. Second, government would be forced overnight into having to be
more accountable to taxpayers. No longer could officials hide behind
withholding and pretend the money was theirs to begin with. And third,
the money could be invested and spent in the private sector before
having to be sent to the state capital or to Washington.
he still won't let the free market dictate the price of a vowel.
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