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Where does it all go?

April 12th, 2009 at 01:41 am

Everytime I hear that the "Government" Local or Federal is having its own financial troubles, I often wonder what they do with all the money they get left and right from people. Don't get me wrong, I fully understand it costs money to run this great big wonderful country of ours. I'm sure we can all go on and on about what how much and on what the govt. spends. But this post is not about that.

It's about how much they take in from what seems like a booming business.

1.) Income Taxes - We all need to pay them. I'm not here to argue how much is too little or too high. You'd think all governing costs would be covered just from this.

2.) Property Taxes - I just paid the 2nd half of my Property Tax recently and boy was that painful. I don't even send my kid to public school! Where is my discount?!

3.) Parking Tickets, Traffic Fines, DMV Fees, Parking meters, Citations for non-violent offenses, Late FEES for aformentioned items. Every day I drive by my local DMV office, and there is a line OUT THE DOOR every single day. I picture a $ sign dancing above every single person in that line.

I feel like I'm forgetting a bunch more other items. But those are my top 3. Again I understand it costs money to govern, but it's not like we don't already pay for our own basic necessities on TOP of what the Govt provides in infrastructure. Energy, Water, & Insurance are all paid to private companies. Where does it all go? How is it that we a have deficit in the trillions? Is the govt really so large that nobody can manage to put together a reasonable budget with all the easy revenue coming in?

4 Responses to “Where does it all go?”

  1. Amber Says:

    hmmm I have been wondering for years. Here in FL lottery funds are suppose to go to education and a a few weeks ago the news reported that lotto sales as gone up dramatically since people are unemployed and hoping to hit it big. Well two schools are closing due to budget constraints so if sells are up there should be more profit then why on earth are these two schools closing?

  2. dtjunkie Says:

    I completely forgot about the lottery! Talk about a Cash Cow.

  3. Kara Says:

    Not to be mean, but earlier in your blog you were talking about financial help for homeowners in over their heads. It sounds like you (a southern CA homeowner) benefited from these programs. Such programs aren't free, so I guess you could say some of that money went right back to you.

    Please realize that the rest of America is a little annoyed at CA (and other southern states---we're looking at you Arizona) speculators who made such crazy purchases and now the rest of us have to pay for it. Unfortunately, those profits are private, but the losses are shared by all of us.

    I hope things work out for you personally, but please realize that you would be screwed without the support of the government right now, and that's what you're paying for.

  4. Jerry Says:

    The Fed horribly mismanages money, at least partially because it isn't theirs to begin with. If they really felt some sense of stewardship that would lead to a different situation entirely. Instead, there is no real responsibility for the (ab)use of funds. The citizens have no insurance that their money will not be used for things they completely disagree with (like bailing people out, individuals or companies -- or the military -- or whatever their beef happens to be). It's a mess.
    Jerry

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