As you can see from the charts below, the way they "got" you was that, mostly by copious use of paid lobbyists and huge campaign bribes, corporations shifted the cost of the U.S. Government onto your shoulders. In 1956, individuals paid about 59% of Uncle Sam's bills and corporations paid about 41%.
By 2005, mostly as a result of those lobbyists and campaign bribes, we individuals provided 86% and corporations only about 14% of Uncle's current income. The corporations managed to reduce "their" share from ~41% in 1956 to ~14% in 2005. And, as a result, the amount we are forced to pay jumped from 59% to 86%. There are plans in the works to further reduce the corporate share. Which will raise "our" share even further. 
The pie chart directly below, which includes taxes in the CPI (Consumer Price Index), shows just how successful they've been at "getting you" here in America. Especially by taxing you more and more. (Taxes are the big slice at the bottom.)
As you can see, governments cost U.S. citizens at least 43% of their cost of living, nearly twice what they pay for their next biggest expense, housing. More if you're poorer -- see below. And that's only in taxes.
Next let's see where Uncle get's his tax "income." HINT: It's NOT from "The people who make the most money" - - -
Social Security is capped. That means people only pay on the part of their income at or below the "cap." So people don't pay F.I.C.A. on anything they make above the cap amount. That means poorer folks pay a larger percentage of their over-all income in Social Security taxes than the "rich" do.
A tax that forces poorer folks to pay a larger percent of their income than richer folks is rare. Such taxes are called "regressive," and rightly hated by almost everyone. F.I.C.A. escapes this fate largely because it's sold as a retirement fund. But it's a tax none the less, which is why it's included as part of the U.S. Government OMB's tax chart -- and it goes into the general fund where Uncle Sam spends it like any other tax.
Now let's see how Uncle Sam's tax income has been evolving - - -
Now notice what happened by 2006 (right of chart). Over the 50 years between 1956 and 2006, while "Individual Income Taxes" remained relatively steady, "Excise Taxes" decreased from about 12% of Uncle's tax income to about 3% -- and "Corporation Income Taxes" decreased from about 25% to about 10%.
Most of the difference was made up by adding 21% to Social Security revenue -- increasing that from financing 12% of Uncle's operation to financing that 33% we saw in the second pie chart above.
So, while Uncle's corporation tax income decreased by 60%, he nearly tripled his F.I.C.A. (Social Security) income.
Corporations, over time, with their 15,000 or so registered and paid Federal lobbyists -- and by making huge campaign contributions -- managed to shift the tax burden from "themselves" to the poorer folks via that regressive Social Security tax.
"Government is not eloquence, it is not reason; it is force, and like fire, makes a dangerous servant and a fearful master." --George WashingtonMahatma Gandhi seconds the observation:
"The State represents violence in a concentrated and organized form. The individual has a soul, but as the State is a soulless machine, it can never be weaned from violence to which it owes its very existence." --Mohandas K. GandhiSeminal linguist Noam Chomsky understands:
"States are violent institutions. States are violent to the extent that they're powerful is roughly accurate."
|Noam Chomsky: Never proud of government|
|Manufacturing Consent (1992) - IMDb|
Daniel Webster explains who "gets" you.
"There are men in all ages who mean to govern well, but they mean to govern. They promise to be good masters, but they mean to be masters." --Daniel WebsterFederal Judge Andrew Napolitano gets a lot more specific:
"And he [Lew Rockwell] reminds me of what [St.] Augustine wrote about when he talked about 'libido dominandi.' ...This is the lust to dominate. This is the thing in human nature that draws people to the government." --Judge Andrew P. Napolitano, What Ever Happened to the Constitution? [about 9:30 in]Franz Oppenheimer explains how those who "mean to be masters" first begin to exploit us:
"The moment when first the conqueror spared his victim in order permanently to exploit him in productive work… gave birth to nation and state…" --Franz Oppenheimer, The State  (d) the genesis of the state, Translator: John Milton GittermanVoltaire described the general operation in the mid 18th Century:
"In general, the art of government consists in taking as much money as possible from one part of the citizens to give to the other." --Voltaire, The Works of Voltaire, Vol. VI (Philosophical Dictionary Part 4) Founding father Benjamin Franklin describes the inevitable historical results - - -
"... there has been in every State and Kingdom a constant kind of warfare between the governing and governed: the one striving to obtain more for its support, and the other to pay less. And this has alone occasioned great convulsions, actual civil wars, ending either in dethroning of the Princes, or enslaving of the people. ...There is scarce a king in a hundred who would not, if he could, follow the example of Pharaoh, get first all the peoples money, then all their lands, and then make them and their children servants for ever ..." --Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) US Founding Father Source: before the Constitutional Convention, June 2, 1787.Hitler understood:
"We do not intend to abolish the inequality of man. ... There will be a Herren- class....There will be a great hierarchy of party members. They will be the new middle class. And there will be the great mass of the anonymous, the serving collective, the eternally disenfranchised. Beneath them there will still be the class of subject alien races--we need not hesitate to call them the northern slave class." --Adolph Hitler Quoted in Hermann Rauschning, The Voice of Destruction: Hitler SpeaksU.S. founder Thomas Jefferson explains what always happens:
"Experience hath shewn, that even under the best forms of government those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny." --Thomas JeffersonThe Iron Law of Oligarchy explains why this even works in "democratic" societies.
"The fundamental sociological law of political parties (the term 'political' being here used in its most comprehensive sense) may be formulated in the following terms: 'It is organization which gives birth to the domination of the elected over the electors, of the mandataries over the mandators, of the delegates over the delegators." --Lee Harris, The Iron Law of Oligarchy, Revisited, www2.techcentralstation.com, 09/15/2005 This is an excerpt from Robert Michels' book "On the Sociology of Political Parties in Modern Democracies," published in 1911. The English translation was titled "Political Parties." Also here: Iron Law of OligarchyJoel Barlow explains the finer points of how it's done - - - -
"The art of constructing governments has usually been to ... vary the means of seizing upon private property, [so] as to bring the greatest possible quantity into the public coffers, without exciting insurrections. Those governments which are called despotic, deal more in open plunder; those that call themselves free, and act under the cloak of what they teach the people to reverence as a constitution, are driven to the arts of stealing. These have succeeded better by theft than the others have by plunder; ...Under those constitutional governments the people are more industrious, and create property faster; because they are not sensible in what manner, and in what quantities, it is taken from them. The administrators, in this case, act by a compound operation; one is to induce the people to work, and the other to take from them their earnings." --Joel Barlow,  "Advice to the Privileged Orders in the Several States of Europe - Resulting from the Necessity and Propriety of a General Revolution in the Principle of Government," written between 1792 and 1795 109_clip18U.S. establishment insider Carroll Quigley explains a further refinement - - -
"The argument that the two parties should represent opposed ideals and policies, one, perhaps, of the Right and the other of the Left, is a foolish idea acceptable only to the doctrinaire and academic thinkers. Instead, the two parties should be almost identical, so that the American people can 'throw the rascals out' at any election without leading to any profound or extreme shifts in policy." --Carroll Quigley, U.S. President Bill Clinton's mentor, "Tragedy and Hope," pg. 1247, 1966ADPlato sums-up the situation.
"Modern states are governed in the selfish interests of the ruling class." --Plato, A selection of passages from Plato for English readers, Google BooksEconomic labor historian, anthropologist, and social philosopher Karl Polanyi adds historical perspective:
"All large-scale economies ... China, in the empire of the Incas, in the kingdoms of India, and also in Babylonia," Egypt, "and many other civilizations of vast economic achievement" were operated as "centralized despotisms of a bureaucratic type" where "the produce of the peasant's activity" was redistributed "mainly to the nonproducing part of the population, that is, to the officials, the military, and the leisure class." --Karl Polanyi, The Great Transformation. (Boston: Beacon Press 1957), p. 51 & 52 [italics emphasis added -lrw]New York Surrogate Judge Gideon Tucker provides the bottom line:
"No man's life, liberty or property are safe while the legislature is in session." --Surrogate Judge Gideon J. Tucker and/or Mark TwainBusiness guru Peter Drucker explains how far this reverse Robin Hood process has evolved in the modern (2000 A.D.) state - - -
"...in World War I every belligerent, even the poorest, found that there was practically no limit to what government can squeeze out of the population. ...Austria-Hungary and Russia, in several war years could actually tax and borrow more than the total annual income of their respective populations. They have [since] all come to believe that there are no economic limits to what government can tax or borrow and, therefore, no economic limits to what government can spend. ... whatever taxpayers retain, they retain only because government in its wisdom and generosity is willing to allow them to do so.
"...this became explicit only in the Communist countries. But even in the United States... it was received wisdom in Washington, particularly among the bureaucracy, that all income belongs to government except whatever government expressly and explicitly permits the taxpayer to keep." --Peter F. Drucker, Post-Capitalist Society, pg. 125->127
"Let me tell you my thoughts about tax relief. When your economy is kind of ooching along, it's important to let people have more of their own money." --U.S. President G.W. Bush, Boston, Oct. 4, 2002Arundhati Roy provides the current citizens-eye view.
"In India, the word public is now a Hindi word. It means people. In Hindi, we have sarkar and public, the government and the people. Inherent in this use is the underlying assumption that the government is quite separate from 'the people.' ...those who still have fire in their bellies, see it as chor, the thief, the snatcher-away of all things." --Arundhati Roy, Public Power in the Age of EmpireThis is why, as noted historian Howard Zinn explains, "Governments lie all the time.... If they told people the truth, they wouldn't last very long."
|Historian Zinn: ~"Governments lie or they wouldn't last long"|
|Democracy NOW!, Nov. 24, 2006|
"It's internationally agreed that all types of plunder, mayhem or murder are acceptable for a government, as long as it limits its predations to its own citizens.
"Let me see if I can explain this bizarre game in plain talk.
"People cordon off a piece of land and arbitrarily announce that it is henceforth a 'sovereign nation.' Ruffians and schemers soon grab the posts of government, and by the power they vest in themselves set about plundering the individuals who live there. This has been going on for thousands of years, until today the entire earth (other than a portion of the oceans) is divided among different gangs, who wear pinstripe suit[s], and run their plunder under the flag of governments." --Albert Keuls, The Offshore Game, From John Pugsley's Journal, Private Conversations with the Money Masters 109_clip13Imran Kahn, Pakistan presidential candidate & ex soccer star bears witness to the results - - -
...I discovered that in our country [Pakistan] there's a tiny elite who has usurped the resources of the whole country. The whole country panders to this tiny elite. By the way, I belong to them. And the rich are getting richer. And the vast majority of people don't even have basic rights.... what is happening is, the elite has basically captured the government. Whether it's one party or the other, basically the interests are the same. And so, they come into government, and they plunder the country. They usurp the resources. And so, common people are deprived of all the basic needs. --Pakistani Opposition Leader Imran Khan on Musharraf, Bhutto, and How the U.S. Has Undermined Pakistani Democracy, January 30, 2008Plutarch explains how the process evolved in ancient Rome:
"The abuse of buying and selling votes crept in and money began to play an important part in determining elections. Later on, this process of corruption spread to the law courts. And then to the army, and finally the Republic was subjected to the rule of emperors." --Plutarch (46 A.D.-127 A.D.) Historian of the Roman RepublicFilmmaker George Lucas and Congressman Ron Paul explain how the final step usually happens in a "democracy" - - -
"All democracies turn into dictatorships -- but not by coup. The people give their democracy to a dictator, whether it's Julius Caesar or Napoleon or Adolf Hitler. Ultimately, the general population goes along with the idea ..." filmmaker George Lucas, Dark Victory from time.com
"Most police states, surprisingly, come about through the democratic process with majority support. During a crisis, the rights of individuals and the minority are more easily trampled, which is more likely to condition a nation to become a police state than a military coup. Is America a Police State?, Congressman Ron Paul, U.S. House of Representatives, June 27, 2002And Leonard Peltier identifies the trajectory in the United States - - -
The government, under the pretext of security and progress, liberated us [Native Americans] from our land, resources, culture, dignity and future. They violated every treaty they ever made with us. ... My words reach out to the non-Indian: ... Your own treaty, the one between yourselves and the government, is being violated daily; this treaty is commonly known as the Constitution. With us, they started a little at a time, encroaching on our rights until we had none at all.  It will be the same for the Constitution; We are ...embattled with ...a mindset that lusts for power and wealth at the expense of life. --Anniversary Statement from Leonard Peltier, Fri, 23 Jan, 2004
Unfortunately, it took less than eight years for Mr. Peltier's prediction to come true -- and America-as-we-knew-it to come to a complete end. Did you notice?Lakota elder Dan, also knowing what Daniel Webster knew, explains where we went wrong - - -
We [Indians] have always been freer than the white man, even when he first came here. ...
"The white world puts all the power at the top, Nerburn. ... When your people first came to our land they were trying to get away from those people at the top. But they still thought the same, and soon there were new people at the top in the new country. It is just the way you were taught to think.
"In your churches there is someone at the top. In your schools, too. In your government. In your business. There is always someone at the top and that person has the right to say whether you are good or bad. They own you.
... "When you came among us, you couldn't understand our way. You wanted to find the person at the top. ... Your world was made of cages and you thought ours was, too. Even though you hated your cages you believed in them. ...
"Our old people noticed this from the beginning. They said that the white man lived in a world of cages, and that if we didn't look out, they would make us live in a world of cages, too. --Lakota elder Dan, Kent Nerburn, Neither Wolf nor Dog, New World Library, 2002
Lakota elder Dan isn't unique among tribal people. Many understand this well. It's something so foreign to modern thought, however, it's almost literally "unthinkable" even to intelligent folks brought up in modern mass cultures. But this isn't immutable. It is, after all, "just the way [we] were taught to think."
You can find a more thorough presentation here:
The HI-JACKING of Civilization, Chapter 3, Hierarchy and Leadership? Not in MY Group You Don't
It's not who or what you think - - -
Freedom and the Indians
What Went Wrong With the World-wide Socialist Revolutions?
UNCOMMON SENSE: The REAL Fear Factor
Governments Don't Facilitate Progress, they Retard it
The essence of government -- by ostensive definition
The nature of "reality" via Bohr, Feynman, & Quantum Mechanics
The Criminality of the State - Albert Jay Nock - Mises Daily
Franz Oppenheimer, The State
The End of the Nation-State? - NYTimes.com
Silicon Valley Roused by Secession Call - NYTimes.com
 And, in addition, there's the yearly budget deficit which, when added up is euphimistically called "The National Debt" and with interest, will supposedly be paid by our kids, grandkids and the yet unborn. return
MUNICH Suddeutsche Zeitung (centrist): Russia's crises have been repetitive, and almost all have the same causes. The government is unable to get a grip on its finances because it is incapable of enacting an effective tax system and of parsuading taxpayers to obey the law .... What Yeltsin needs is money, and lots of it. To get it on good terms, he must convince the IMF that he is collecting taxes to reduce the budget, if necessary, by expropriating the assets of delinquents. --Josef Riedmiller [WORLD PRESS REVIEW, AUGUST 1998, p.7]
Only one in 10 Russians is registered with the taxing authorities. Communists are particularly adept at avoiding taxes. The IMF loans won't go to pay the miners, and others who haven't been paid for over six months, or for any other social welfare programs; they will go to stabilize the financial markets. --NWI, 10 Aug 1998, 4:31:32 PM EDT
The United States is urging the Afghan President, Hamid Karzai, to rein in provincial warlords who are hijacking hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue, and has not ruled out US military assistance in the event of a showdown.
The US views Afghanistan's deepening financial crisis - which threatens the legitimacy and the future of Mr Karzai's administration - with increasing alarm, a Western diplomat said on Monday. --Karzai set for showdown over revenue, May 14 2003 return
 In 1788 Barlow went to France as the agent of the Scioto Land Company and induced the company of Frenchmen who ultimately founded Gallipolis, Ohio, to emigrate to America. In Paris he became a liberal in religion and an advanced republican in politics. In England he published various radical essays, including Advice to the Privileged Orders (1792), proscribed by the British government. In 1792 he was made a French citizen. Thomas Paine had become his friend in England, and during Paine's imprisonment in Paris Barlow effected the publication of The Age of Reason. return
 See Albert J. Nock, Our Enemy The State for a good synopsis of how this gang of robbers and murderers operates. return