Dmitriy T.M. sent in an interesting discussion of tax collection in Pakistan by the New York Times. The narrator argues that rich Pakistanis, among others, do not pay taxes, forcing the government to rely on foreign aid. Essentially, then, it is argued, “[t]he American taxpayer is subsidizing the Pakistani rich.” Since the politicians are rich themselves, and happily evading taxes, there is little will to change the system.
One solution? Send in a team of transgender people to embarass homeowners into paying their property taxes, of course!Lisa Wade is a professor of sociology at Occidental College and the co-author of Gender: Ideas, Interactions, Institutions. You can follow her on Twitter and Facebook.