This week I paid my taxes. I am retired from 28 years of teaching. I receive a monthly income from Teacher Retirement Fund and Social Security. I pay taxes on both incomes. The taxes I paid totaled one month of my Teacher Retirement income. So, I got to thinking what about those who never pay taxes? So here is the story, I sure you have heard this one before but here it is again.
You have two families: "Joe Legal" and "Jose Illegal". Both families have two parents, two children, and live in the great state of Indiana. Joe Legal works as an HVAC tech, has a Social Security Number, and makes $30.00 per hour with taxes deducted. Jose Illegal also works as an HVAC tech, has NO Social Security Number, and gets paid $15.00 cash "under the table".
Ready? Now pay attention...
Joe Legal: $30.00 per hour x 40 hours = $1200.00 per week, or $62,400.00 per year. Now take 30% away for state, local, and federal tax; Joe Legal now has $43,680.00. Jose Illegal: $15.00 per hour x 40 hours = $600.00 per week, or $31,200.00 per year. Jose Illegal pays no taxes. Jose Illegal now has $31,200.00.
Joe Legal pays medical and dental insurance with limited coverage for his family at $1200.00 per month, or $14,400.00 per year. Joe Legal now has $29,280.00. Jose Illegal has full medical and dental coverage through the state and local clinics at a cost of $0.00 per year. Jose Illegal still has $31,200.00. Joe Legal’s insurance will go up at least 7% next year to cover Jose Illegal’s medical cost.
Joe Legal makes too much money and is not eligible for food stamps or welfare. Joe Legal pays $500.00 per month for food, or $6,000.00 per year. Joe Legal now has $23,280.00. Jose Illegal has no documented income and is eligible for food stamps and welfare. Jose Illegal still has $31,200.00.
Joe Legal pays a mortgage of $948.00 per month, or $11,376.00 per year. Joe Legal now has $11,904.00.
Jose Illegal receives a $500.00 per month federal rent subsidy. Jose Illegal pays $500.00 per month, or $6,000.00 per year. Jose Illegal still has $ 31,200.00.
Joe Legal pays $200.00 per month, or $2,400.00 for auto insurance. Joe Legal now has $9,504.00.
Jose Illegal says, "We don't need no stinkin' insurance!" and still has $31,200.00. Joe Legal has to make his $9,504.00 stretch to pay utilities, gasoline, etc. Jose Illegal has to make his $31,200.00 stretch to pay utilities, gasoline and what he sends out of the country every month.
Joe Legal now works overtime on Saturdays or gets a part time job after work. He is struggling to keep his house out of foreclosure and pay his health insurance. Jose Illegal has nights and weekends off to enjoy with his family at the local park supported by Joe Legal. Joe Legal's and Jose Illegal's children both attend the same school. Joe Legal pays for his children's lunches while Jose Illegal's children get a government sponsored lunch. Jose Illegal's children have an after school ESL program paid for by Joe Legal’s taxes. Joe Legal's children go home loaded down with homework that Mrs. Joe Legal must take the time to help them complete.
Joe Legal and Jose Illegal both enjoy the same police and fire services, but Joe paid for them and Jose did not pay for these services. Jose Illegal also gets a multitude of other government benefits no questions asked, that Joe Legal and his family do not get although they were paid for by Joe Legal. If Jose does pay some taxes on a portion of his income, he gets the EIC and is refunded all taxes he paid plus he gets a $2500.00 tax refund (welfare) giving him $33,700, for the year.
Our government leaders who represent Illegals more than they do Legal U.S. Citizens and the business owners who support the Illegals are no less a criminal than those who are here illegally.
So, I am thinking about declaring myself an illegal.