For most people in this country, April 15th means a payday. For me and many other busines owners it means I have to write my check to Uncle Sam. Pay to the Order of United States Treasury. This isn't mean to be an anti-tax post. I owe the money, I know I owe the money, we all have to pay something into the pot and that's fine.
However, I think a big reason why there is such a divide about taxes in this country is because some individuals (not corporations) end up getting thousands back and somtimes much more than they pay in, and others end up writing a check for thousands. Here is my suggestion. Every single person in the country should have to write a check to the United States Treasury for some amount. Even if it's $50. If you get back your return of $1500 or $5000, you should have to turn around and write a percentage back.
Citizens are too used to getting, and not giving to the country. Maybe if everyone had to write that check, people would be more involved in where it's going. Maybe there would be more criticism of the government. Maybe we'd hold the defense department accountable for their spending. Maybe we would hold those responsible for spending all the money out of the social security trust fund. Maybe. Today, apathy is the new American Way, and it's eroding our nation. Too many don't have a dog in the fight, or they don't feel or know that they do. We need to change that.