Yeah, I take my deductions, and no I am not jealous. There is nothing fair about the tax system, and I do support a fair tax structure. But I can't go out and buy a big boat, or plane, and entertain on it, and write all the cost off as a business expense. Hey sailorman, you got a big boat???
As for what's driving up costs on everything, it's the bonuses, and perks they give the rich man at the top. The unions are a thing of the past, and so are good wages, benefits, retirements, and matching 401k contributions. All of that and more is gone. But have you seen anything you buy get any cheaper?
Of course Bob Corker would pop off about the AFL-CIO. He doesn't want the working class to get ahead like he and his family has.
The facts are that any of us, who ever had a paid vacation, sick leave, medical insurance, a raise, or the right to fair treatment by corporate America, is because my father, and a lot of other fathers were willing to take on companies, years ago, and fight for fair wages, and other benefits. Had it not been for these unions, corp America would be working us all for low wages, and long hours, and no benefits. And in fact, that is where people like Bob Corker would like to take us back to. The rich and powerful have all the money, and all the perks, and none of the worries of the average American. It's all about greed. It is not enough that the rich have most of the money. They want it all.
I just read an article in this paper about up and coming people who might be our next politicians. One worked for the Pilot Corp in Knoxville. He made 2.6 million last year, and paid less then 200,000 in taxes. Do the math.