Taxes on my Taxes

So, yesterday I got my electricity bill and it was a little over 180 bucks. It’s Gainesville and hot, so I expected a decently high electricity bill. Add air conditioning with more cooking (and a bunch of hot showers) and $180 is expected.

Of course, my real electricity bill is $150. There was $30 in taxes. The actual numbers are $151.33 for utilities and $30.46 for tax. This means, that 17% of my electricity went to taxes.

Wireless phones are no better… 10% tax.

So, where am I going with this? Lately, we’re hearing all about the Buffett Rule and how his secretary is taxed at a higher percentage and yatta yatta yatta. While attention is being thrown on trying to pit the poor against the rich, the “poor” (aka those of us that aren’t millionaires) are getting a tremendous amount of our income taken from us by governments.

These taxes, government surcharges, and fees add up to a snowball effect.

In the meantime, we sit here like lap dogs and listen to others say how we need to tax the mega rich more… instead of us all paying less.

Categorized as money, Rant

By Fred Posner

Fred Posner provides VoIP consulting services through The Palner Group and For ten years, Fred helped his wife, Yeni Monroy, run Bearkery®, a family bakery in Gainesville, Florida. The bakery sadly closed during the COVID19 pandemic. Contact Fred at


  1. Why do you care so much about the ultra-rich? I guarantee you that they don’t give a flying fuck about you, or me.
    And we already do pay low taxes, compared to many other countries. I’m sick of the rich (i.e Romney) not paying their fair share and consequently, seeing our communities suffer.

    1. You’re missing my point. I don’t care about them. But, why are you falling into the whole “they pay less than their fair share” crap? We don’t pay lower taxes then most countries. I’m a small business owner, which means I’m taxed pretty much more than any other country. My percentage in taxes is crazy. Let me ask you this…

      Why wouldn’t you want to switch to a fair tax where everyone pays an equal percentage of what they spend (not earn)?

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