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Connect the Dots

By: Juggernaut

Page 1, “Connect the dots, you get the big picture,” said Dan shuffling the papers on his large messy desk, that’s where he keeps all his paper work, some related to his business “Breakthru for Better Future” and lots of scrap paper on which he scribble his fresh ideas as they emerge from his restless brain. Dan always speaks while shuffling papers on his desk; never he would stand still or sit at his desk when he speaks. Shuffling papers was his way of getting his thoughts organized.

Connect the Dots
Subba Rao
 
          “Connect the dots, you get the big picture,” said Dan shuffling the papers on his large messy desk, that’s where he keeps all his paper work, some related to his business “Breakthru for Better Future” and lots of scrap paper on which he scribble his fresh ideas as they emerge from his restless brain. Dan always speaks while shuffling papers on his desk; never he would stand still or sit at his desk when he speaks. Shuffling papers was his way of getting his thoughts organized.
          Juggernaut appeared puzzled looking at the figure shaped from connecting the dots.
          “What you see?”
          “A big monkey.”
          “When I said connect the dots, I don’t mean connecting dots on children’s’ coloring book, you fool.”
          “Then what you mean?”
          “When you listen to people talk, politicians put a spin, talk radio hosts splutter, think tanks condescend on others, financial gurus paint bright future, crafty salesmen twist and turn the words, and preachers scream and cry with emotions, they emit dots into the air.”
          “You mean like emissions from a factory chimney.”
          “Like aroma from food, scent from people with over applied fragrance or noise in the name of music.”
          “OK.”
          “All that information is in the form of dots, billions and trillions floating in the air.”
          “That’s lot of dots to connect.”
          “True, but then, it is like solving a puzzle or riddle, you get to see pictures, big pictures.”
          “You mean by connecting.”
          “That’s right.” “Now onwards, you keep connecting the dots and let me know when you see a big picture and stop connecting dots on the coloring book,” Dan looked serious.  
          “Well, Dan as you said, I have been connecting dots, and now big pictures are appearing in my mind,” said Juggernaut sitting on a tall stool that makes Juggernaut look tall.
          “OK, what big picture you see?”
          “People don’t want to pay taxes, taxes of any kind whether income tax, property tax, sales tax, this and that tax. Poor people don’t have to pay, middle class try to cheat, rich people hate it, and the ultra rich think taxes are for common folks.” “The word ‘tax’ shall be removed from the human vocabulary for good. People are going to such a length to hide their money from taxes; like tax havens, off-shore banks, overseas banks, secret Swiss Bank accounts, money laundering, phony business expenses, all these just to keep their own money from tax. The whole business of evading taxes is a business by itself robbing fun out of making money. To add insult to injury, according to IRS it is not cost effective to collect tax from the tax dodgers, so the IRS gave up on them. Taxes are like self induced injury, heart ache, pain and suffering.”
          “True, I feel the same way,” “I am with you on this.”
          “For instance, you moved to the state where there is no state tax. Last year you saved over thirty grand on state taxes your don’t have to pay, though you do business across the state borders.”
          “That’s right, everybody does that,” “Big corporations have their businesses established middle of nowhere where only seals and king penguins live in harmony.” “At least my business was established on the main land.”
          “After saw the big picture, I came with a plan for any country that doesn’t want to impose tax on their citizens and businesses.”
          “Let me hear that,” Dan continued to shuffle the papers.                 
          “Pay as you go for every product and service; It is called pay upfront. Instead of city tax, a bill for snow removal, street lights, maintaining drains, each month one gets bill for various services. If people flying don’t want to pay for security check and take chances on air travel, that’s that; no TSA at the airports.  People who can afford additional costs for security fly on flights that guarantee security for a price. From collecting garbage to open heart surgery, people pay from the pocket on the spot. If somebody has to sue somebody, a fee is paid up front at the court.
          “How you pay for a war?”
          “Let us say a government or a section of the society was itching for a war; costs and risks were quickly calculated and people or companies interested in taking risks would invest in the war enterprise, by buying stocks to reap the benefits or lose the investment, if enough money was not raised, no war will take place, the business venture would not take place, as simple as that.”
          “Same for providing health care, I guess!”
          “Yes, we are going back to the basic principles of true free enterprise, not the phony one currently in practice for scoundrels and con men to run ponzi schemes to make money.  If people were not willing to pay for a service or a product, they won’t get it. The entire society doesn’t have to pony up for others through taxes which everybody hates to pay including the beneficiaries.”  “There won’t be any services from City, County, State or Federal level financed by taxes.” “Those people hiding their monies from taxes will bring it out to open once tax system is dismantled.” “Libraries, Museums, parks, beaches, Lincoln Memorial, Golden Gate Bridge, Mount Rushmore, Brooklyn Bridge, Bay Bridge etc; to visit or to use these places, people pay a fee up front, and the stock and bond owners of these facilities and structures either make or lose money on their investment, that simple.”  “Why bunch of idiots in any country decide for everybody in the name of democracy?”  “A parliament passes a bill that is diluted, full of loop holes, lost its main purpose, and in the end serves no purpose at all, and all these done to spend borrowed money.”
          “Sounds revolutionary to say the least and scary at any level,” “may be you should stop looking for the dots anymore to connect.” “To keep your mind calm, stick to your coloring books Juggernaut,” said Dan again reshuffling the papers on his desk.
          “Well, that’s  I was doing all along before you asked me to look for dots and start connecting them to get the big picture,” “Now, you saw the big picture, you don’t like it.” “I know I am only good in theorizing which nobody listens,” Juggernaut was furious.
         
 

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