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Way of Existence
This day was not marked by big government pulling out semiautomatic rifles and training them at the citizens saying, “Pay up or prison!” No. April 15th marked the time when Delawareans’ rights remained intact. They were not out of the powers that be coercing them to trade their income for liberty. But that they donated their dollars in a willing way. Lesane used his smartphone to transmit his funds. He also checked the website of the list of names that showed the non-payers. On that list for the tenth year in a row was Holtzclaw Wert. Lesane paid as much attention to Wert as you would a fly: Enough to destroy him at least in a fiscal sense. Because of the list of non-payers, most names represented people who were barred from banks to barbershops. With a few swipes of his fingers and some quick voice commands, Lesane observed the list of names with whom he refused to do business. Though the list was quite short, it was exact and final for that year. By sending in a donation to the State, each Delawarean enjoyed rights of being free American citizens. Every working man, woman, and a scant amount of children before the age of 18 filled out the tiny, digital form, which proclaimed that they had paid for this wonderful way of existence.
Some barbecued. There were a few fireworks. This special day allowed for the state to revel in liberty. So when the money was accounted for, there was often a huge surplus and residents even received refunds on their donations. And of course, Wert did not participate in the cause for freedom. So not only did he not get money back, he was barred from entering most shops and hotels or credit unions. He was relegated to the whites only businesses. These establishments were rundown and shabby compared to the businesses that catered to all stripes. Black businesses that only accepted their color received few patrons as well. So was the case for bars that banned gays, red people, stockbrokers, and women.
Those with More Cash
The owners of such places always found their names on the list of non-payers as they viewed the state as an accomplice in integrating people in a private way. They didn’t like that. Anti-gay, anti-Black, anti-white, anti-woman, no matter who they were against, they insisted that they not contribute to a government that protected the rights of all. As a sacrifice, these factions gave up the possibility to do business in a rational sense. They preferred to take in their puny number of supporters to attempt to satisfy their insatiable thirst for racism and xenophobia. But the focus of the festivities was not placed on them. In fact, once the payers viewed the names of the non-payers, they pushed them out of recognition. Among earners the top money makers like Lesane and Tal, they contributed less. For those at the lower rungs of the socioeconomic ladder, they most often paid more. Though no force was in place to direct the payers to donate their funds, it just happened like that. Those with more cash tended to produce, invest, create, build, and develop more. Those with modest productive patterns for the most part sought to match those with higher incomes. It was no surprise that the government was cheap. The functions of the State required very little funds, hence the surplus and refunds. With the police and law courts of the state running on the work of the able minded, the citizenry experienced optimal service. And just in case the state was ever threatened by outside invaders, the United States military would be mobilized to neutralize initiators of physical force.
While the rest of the country had a gun at their backs and begrudged the money that their respective state and federal agency forced them to give, Delawareans cherished their unique system. Saffron, though paid on a lesser scale than her husband, still committed funds that would befit a professor of mathematics. Eager and poised, Saffron flicked her finger to cast her digital pledge. She even taught Preston and Symphony how to do their own contributions. Saffron placed the most amount of attention on Symphony who received a mere fortune from Symphony Sweets. She ensured that her children would be happy to further sustain a government that preserved freedom.
On the opposite spectrum, Idette Wert made a feeble attempt to the government to remove her husband's name from the non-payer’s list. Just like the year before and the year before that, she failed to persuade the committee, which oversaw the list to ouster her husband. While she did housework including repairing the solar panels and a mini turbine that always broke down, Idette relied on Wert’s position as a professor. So she continued her petition, knowing that her efforts represented a losing battle. Still, she tried. But Wert sneered at both the payers and himself, a non-payer. He felt that it was his duty to refuse to pay for a government that allowed fossil fuels to be burned and never taxed businessmen and women for their transgression of making a living. He resented being a non-payer, but comforted himself by saying, “At least my right to save the planet is untouched.” With his assertion that the ecology can be conserved through riding a bicycle to work and placing stickers on it, Wert attempted to soften the blows to his own psyche.
April 15th was a siren call to the executive, to the laborer, and to whomever wished to live in a proper society. Individuals banded together to host drives to reap in the money to supplement liberty. Just as the state of Delaware always had a no sales tax policy, with that mindset expanded to include both federal and state income taxes, as well as taxes on property or anything that represented forced payment for government services. The Great Transition decree that there be no such thing as a tax. The voluntary payment for the necessary good that is government would hold sway in Delaware. For the citizen who owned a genetically modified farm to the hedge fund manager, all those who produced were offered the protection by government agencies. Lesane felt an emotional high looking into Saffron’s eyes as she sent her dollars to increase the peace and prosperity of the state.
In all, the totals allowed for Delaware to go on as the only state in the Union to present a thorough plan for freedom for the lives of its inhabitants. The people who toiled away at whatever profession they chose to endeavor were rewarded with the benefit of knowing that their senator, their representative, their governor, and their president would be disallowed to wrest their way of life from them. Their thoughts and actions would continue to stand under the blue and gold flag. As it waved, with pride and glory, Delawareans reflected in deep solemnity their undying fortune.