That was the point I was making. Also, in the first quote *I* didn’t remove health insurance and social security — it was taken directly from the article I linked to.
The problem isn’t so much “where tax dollars come from” as where they are spent.
As for politician’s salaries not being much — that depends what you consider “much”
The Average Joe in Congress (529 of them) gets paid $174,000 per year. The Speaker of the House gets $223,500 a year, while the majority and minority leaders of both the Senate and the House, along with the President Pro Tempore, each get $193,400 per year.
Since 2001, the president gets a $400,000 annual salary, along with a $50,000 annual expense account, a $100,000 nontaxable travel account, and $19,000 for entertainment.
If $400,000 “isn’t much” to Trump, that just shows how far he is from the average Joe he’s trying to pretend he understands.
But it’s not just current salaries, every member of congress also gets a pension that ranges from 10% — 80% of their salary for the rest of their life. Some qualify at age 50, others qualify at age 62. Plus, they get cost of living adjustments (COLA)
Interesting that people who form the government wouldn’t want to exist on the pension the rest of the population gets, so they legislated their own pension rates. Cool.
Yup — not where the tax dollars come from that’s the bigger issue, but where they’re spent.
I don’t have answers either, just lots of questions.
Thanks for leaving such an in-depth reply!