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March 31, 2014

CONFER: Tax refunds are no reason to be happy

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Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — This ploy is strengthened by demanding that every business act as a tax collector on the government’s behalf, which often makes the taxpayers wrongly point the finger at their employers. A tax-deflated paycheck or bonus can be frustrating to workers and it is easier for them to blame the one who issued the paycheck (the business) rather than the one who pilfered from it through the back end (the IRS).

The weekly infringement upon one’s financial well-being also softens the blow that government yields. If these withholdings did not occur and Americans were obligated to pay a lump sum on April 15 (rather than anticipating a token return) then the taxpayers would realize how badly they are being mistreated. The ecstasy of tax refunds would be replaced with the agony of cash outlays in the thousands of dollars. Most taxpayers would be utterly mortified — if not borderline revolt-minded — by such a payment.

Withholding quells such dissent and it is without a doubt our government’s greatest brainwashing trick of them all. By slowly and deliberately taking from the taxpayers, the government can confuse and confound them in regards to what the final bill will be.

The mind games of refunds and withholdings truly limit the concerned citizen mindset in America. The average person pays little attention to what happens in politics and governance because, to them, there is no reason to care. Government’s most abusive act – the leeching of our pocketbooks - is kept almost clandestine, muted to the point that they do not realize how much they’ve “invested” — and truthfully lost — in a floundering system.

Bob Confer is a Gasport resident and vice president of Confer Plastics Inc. in North Tonawanda. Email him at bobconfer@juno.com.

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