- 2010.08.09, 22:52
- "Meet Sally [...]. Sally is a terrific employee, and she happens to be the median person in terms of base pay [...] She makes $59,000 a year—on paper. In reality, she makes only $44,000 a year because $15,000 is taken from her thanks to various deductions and taxes, all of which form the steep, sad slope between gross and net pay.
Before that money hits her bank, it is reduced by the $2,376 she pays as her share of the medical and dental insurance that my company provides. And then the government takes its due. She pays $126 for state unemployment insurance, $149 for disability insurance and $856 for Medicare. That's the small stuff. New Jersey takes $1,893 in income taxes. The federal government gets $3,661 for Social Security and another $6,250 for income tax withholding. The roughly $13,000 taken from her by various government entities means that some 22% of her gross pay goes to Washington or Trenton. She's lucky she doesn't live in New York City, where the toll would be even higher.
Employing Sally costs plenty too. My company has to write checks for $74,000 so Sally can receive her nominal $59,000 in base pay. Health insurance is a big, added cost: While Sally pays nearly $2,400 for coverage, my company pays the rest—$9,561 for employee/spouse medical and dental. We also provide company-paid life and other insurance premiums amounting to $153. Altogether, company-paid benefits add $9,714 to the cost of employing Sally.
Then the federal and state governments want a little something extra. They take $56 for federal unemployment coverage, $149 for disability insurance, $300 for workers' comp and $505 for state unemployment insurance. Finally, the feds make me pay $856 for Sally's Medicare and $3,661 for her Social Security.
When you add it all up, it costs $74,000 to put $44,000 in Sally's pocket and to give her $12,000 in benefits. Bottom line: Governments impose a 33% surtax on Sally's job each year."
Bet tad nāk ideoloģiskais biezpieniņš: "Companies have also been pressed into serving as providers of health insurance. In a saner world, health insurance would be something that individuals buy for themselves and their families, just as they do with auto insurance."
Ja cilvēks salīdzina veselības aprūpi ar auto apdrošināšanu, tad, atkarībā no tavas ideoloģiskās pārliecības (un, sekojoši, pārliecības par apkārtējo cilvēku spējām), ir jāizsaucas vai nu: a) "Ģeniāli!" vai: b) "Vai ir iespējams vēl šķībāk un drausmīgāk pārprast?"
- 1 rakstair doma
- 10.8.10 00:05 #
Dzīvot civilizācijā - lietot ūdensklozetu, braukt liftos, strādāt algotu darbu un lietot ceļu tīklu - nomācoši lielākajai daļai tas ir dārgs prieks. Bet ko tie var iesākt, nezinot par citām iespējām un nespējot iedomāties citu izraušanās veidu, kā vien mēģināt vai vismaz sapņot nokļūt otrā pusē, pie tiem, kuri nosaka vairākuma dzīvesveidu?