This cartoon hits the nail on the head. It reminds me of this very funny cartoon about the value-added tax.
You’ll also see a similar theme in this amusing cartoon.
And why do these cartoons hit a responsive chord? Because government is a racket that enables the politically well connected to obtain unearned wealth at the expense of the less fortunate.
This doesn’t mean there’s no rich-to-poor redistribution. But I would argue that is a vote-buying exercise for the purpose of keeping the overall scam running smoothly.
I need to come up with something akin to Mitchell’s Law and Mitchell’s Golden Rule, but in this case say something like “Politics is the art of redistributing to the corrupt while pretending to care about the poor.”
Need a bit of work, I realize, so suggestions are welcome.