I just heard on CNN that the US Government is owed $35 Billion from companies and white collar criminals, unpaid fines from civil and criminal rulings. Companies and crooks who bilked you out of money, polluted your water, air, land, poisoned your kids or granparents, etc., made a tidy profit on that malfeasance, got caught, convicted and... refused to pay the fine. $35 Billion we're owed and we're paying for - I mean, who do you think is paying to clean up their messes?
Fortunately, we have a system of government that provides checks and balances, people elected by us to watch out for our rights. Except, it's difficult for them to do anything for us when they're never at work. According to an ABC report:
The average American has worked more than 50 days in 2006, but, so far, the House has worked in Washington just 19 days, a total of 118 hours. The Senate is not far behind with 33 days at the Capitol.
Nice work if you can get it. The best government money can buy.