I know I have! I have been knee deep in reading on the IRS.gov and organizing our own reciepts. No major changes so far this year (2011) though, I believe many changes will be implemented with killing some 'deductions' and 'credits' on individual family' tax bills in or after 2012. Like the child tax credit will go away or be cut in half for those with children under 17. I will let ya'll know if I find any major rehauls of the tax code as I discover them.
Who knows with the dragging of congressional feet in the attempts of getting President Obama kicked out of office. It has been stated since he won the election in 2008 the WHOLE GOAL of Republicans was to make him a one term president. I find this incredible because our leaders were hired to work for their constituents. Instead Republicans block all attempts Obama tries even if it was a Republican goal.
Now this pisses in my cheerios because I have long voted for Republicans as a Libertarian minded person. I believe folks can stand on their own feet for the most part but, firmly support Social Security for those over 62. I also believe in Medicaid for children, the aged, and those with disablities who can not work. Sure there are those who need a hand up when losing a job or some other event in the event of medical necessity but, it should not take 2 years to find a job. I do not believe in permanent welfare for those 'choosing' to pump out children. I also do not believe minimum wage is what the economy (the rest of us) should advocate tossing those on public assistance onto low paying jobs as a solution.
For my new friend Moonqueenfashions, I have a book for you if interested. It is called 'Nickel and Dimed,' by Barbara Ehrenreich just email me for details.
I know of your displeasure of seeing folks whom you feel are gaming the system of entitlements or government hand outs. Personally, I too know of a couple of people who have used those gov programs to live without putting in a honest days work. It chaps my arse too. However, I have to let that angst go, press on, and teach my sons about the need to support themselves & plan for their future.
For the 2 or 3 people who 'game' the system; I believe there are 100s who really want to work and do what is necessary to support themselves and family. I also have a stinking suspicion that the deck is stacked to keep the general populace ignorant, quiet, out of touch with their leaders and too busy to notice the mayhem swirling over them. Who has time in this busy world to question the non-sense spoon-fed by media outlets?
All I do know is, the squeaky wheel gets oiled first. Those who are protesting in the Occupy movements have the right idea. They are just demanding their government listen to them. I do not agree with some of the ideals protestors espouse but, I do believe in their rights to assemble to get their voices heard without being violently peppered sprayed or deadly force used on unarmed citizens. I have looked at my belief system and ideology; it is the soldier in me that will consistently defend those whom my inner voice says is weaker and needs support.
I am my brothers' keeper.
This is what I teach my sons and will continue to do so.