Tax your Perception

All that is certain in this world is death and taxes, or so the saying goes. But what if taxes became a complete and certain disaster? The senate is meeting to address the alternative minimum tax created in 1969 to insure those who made more than $200,000 in a year couldn't be completely exempted by loopholes. But the AMT has never been adjusted for inflation. And $200k is not what it was 35 years ago. Millions of Americans will have to pay more taxes than they probably should.

Why does our government move so slowly? They could have fixed this a decade ago. The flaw is that our government is not flexible. Organizations need to be observant of problems on the horizon and quickly address them before they become colossal catastrophes. History is littered with the wreckage of those who failed to do this. Speak to co-workers and employees. Stretch your perception. Become aware of the blip on the radar. And then do something about it. Don't wait, don't hesitate, simply act.

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  • Dave

    Two other things that are certain are our present life (brief though it may be) and our life after death. I appreciate your challenge to perceive and deal with small problems before they become large and unmanageable, and I think the principle applies personally as well as corporately. It's all about relationships--especially our relationship to our Creator, God and our Savior, Jesus Christ. Thanks again.

  • Fred Bertsch

    I believe the key to changing the government is transparency. For example, budget reform and government spending discipline has long been unsolvable due to the size and complexity of the problem. It precludes any one person or traditional group of people breaking it apart rationally and expose the information to the public. Therefore politician are able to push through pet programs they use to curry favor with teir constituents. Perhaps it is time for Bloggers to take on that issue by posting the budget online and take distributed action to solve the "mapping of the budget genome" and expose the areas that do not align to the core functions of the federal or state government that they are targeting. Like efforts could be used for specific pieces of legislation like the AMT. Just a thought.

  • Kelleen

    I'm wondering if we really could/should apply private business principles to government. Just imagine if our elected officials took the advise, "Don't wait, don't hesitate, simply act."

    What might be the costs and benefits of more flexible and lythe federal, state, and local governments?

  • Mike

    This is not an issue of government flexibility. It is an issue of the motives of the policy makers within governments. The "mass" only becomes relevant here if and when one of the leaders of a "mass" (usually a specific political party) decides action is necessary.

    Yet another flaw in party political "democracy".

  • Trish

    I understand the point you are making and appreciate anyone discussing alternative minimunm tax. But this is not an issue of flexiblity and change but self interest. Congress is flexible enough to have fixed this years ago when it started to be a problem. It is suprising how fast they can get something through when they want to. But fixing AMT is not something that will bring them votes, money or glory.