Sunday, July 28, 1996

the tax man cometh

Today we received our W-2 forms from upper management. Several troopers voiced their concerns over the amount withheld from the federal-empirial government, and I can’t say that I blame them. My form alone shows where over 48% of my overall earnings have been taxed from my net asset and distributed out among various government funded programs. And, although these troopers don’t have families, some of them wish they did and know that under this tax system they would never be able to support one.

I looked into some of the programs being funded by our taxes and shared my findings with representatives from several of the trooper class, with exception of the Tie Troopers who don’t even realize that they are supposed to be paid, so no harm no foul. It was disturbing to find out that the T.T’s were, at one time being compensated, however their utter lack of responsible spending and mismanagement of funds on liquor and spinner rims for the fighters angered the Emperor to the extent of cutting them off. In hindsight, however, this was one of the sparks added to the gasoline leading up to past events. Our tax increases are generating the funds for the empire to manage and build the G.H.E.T.T.O. ‘s as well as generate some form of controllable income known as Service Severance Income, or S.S.I, which is handed out on the first of every month with more funds available through (Trooper Disability Claims,) if needed. This, of course, is being abused severely by the majority of the Tie Troopers, noting that only about 16% actually consider themselves able to work now due to back problems, job stress, etc…

The truth is starting to surface now, and the real backbones of the Clone Trooper class are angry and harbor even mare animosity towards the Tie Troopers. Notably so, they are also bringing talk of possibly unionizing in leiu of these circumstances against the Empire, which, after I checked was not found to be held treasonous according to galactic law only frowned upon by majority of employers. Only time will tell as to how this will eventually play out.