Friday, April 10, 2009 Posted by Shattered Paradigm
Newsweek recently ran a shocking article entitled "We Are All Socialists Now". While the magazine probably just intended for this headline to stir debate and get attention, the reality is that Newsweek is right.
We have become socialists and many of us don't even know it.
The truth is that United States government is almost 40 percent of the national GDP.
The truth is that when you add up all of the taxes that the average American pays out in one form or another, they total over 50 percent of what the average American makes.
So more than half of your money goes to the government.
How does that make you feel?
Consider the following list of the different kinds of taxes that Americans pay each year.....
Accounts Receivable Tax
Building Permit Tax
Capital Gains Tax
CDL license Tax
Corporate Income Tax
Court Fines (indirect taxes)
Dog License Tax
Federal Income Tax
Federal Unemployment Tax (FUTA)
Fishing License Tax
Food License Tax
Fuel permit tax
Gasoline Tax (42 cents per gallon)
Hunting License Tax
Inheritance Tax Interest expense (tax on the money)
Inventory tax IRS Interest Charges (tax on top of tax)
IRS Penalties (tax on top of tax)
Local Income Tax
Marriage License Tax
Real Estate Tax
Septic Permit Tax
Service Charge Taxes
Social Security Tax
Road Usage Taxes (Truckers)
Recreational Vehicle Tax
Road Toll Booth Taxes
State Income Tax
State Unemployment Tax (SUTA)
Telephone federal excise tax
Telephone federal universal service fee tax
Telephone federal, state and local surcharge taxes
Telephone minimum usage surcharge tax
Telephone recurring and non-recurring charges tax
Telephone state and local tax
Telephone usage charge tax
Toll Bridge Taxes
Toll Tunnel Taxes
Traffic Fines (indirect taxation)
Trailer registration tax
Vehicle License Registration Tax
Vehicle Sales Tax
Watercraft registration Tax
Well Permit Tax
Workers Compensation Tax
Pretty frightening, eh?
But the reality is that America is becoming more socialist by the day.
After all, who is the biggest "business owner" in the United States?
Who is the biggest "spender" in the United States?
Who does everyone expect to "fix" and "run" the economy?
During this latest economic crisis, the federal government of the United States has "bailed out", nationalized or taken ownership interests in a vast array of banks, financial institutions, insurance companies and large corporations.
That doesn't sound anything like "capitalism" to me.
The reality is that a new generation of Americans has arisen that expects the government to take care of them from the cradle to the grave. They expect the government to fix all their problems and to provide them with a great life.
Haven't we learned anything from the dramatic failure of other socialist regimes throughout history?
It is not just in the United States either - all around the world people are clamoring for socialism.
And the truly frightening thing is that wherever there is a move towards socialism or communism there is almost always a corresponding move towards atheism.
And wherever atheism rises, persecution of Christians soon follows.
But we should not expect the world to love Christians.
In John 15:19, Jesus said this.....
If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you.
The truth is that these are the last days before the return of Jesus, and no matter what form governments around the world take the reality is that they are going to ultimately turn against Christianity. The Scriptures tell us that there will be brutal persecution of Christians in the end times, and that is a reality that we are going to have to be ready for.