I have great employees and I leverage technology to be able to telecommute.
I can do anything from a campsite or the passenger seat of our car that I can do when I'm physically at the store. I electronically order our merchandise and do all of our bookkeeping, remotely. I've drank coffee in the high desert of New Mexico while printing out paychecks for our employees, back at the store.
We also have video surveillance, and I can watch what's being rung up at the cash registers, in real time, by mirroring the their screens to my tablet or laptop.
Being a nerd has its advantages. You can work smarter instead of harder. Some people's definition of success is based on job title or annual income. My definition of success is being able to work in my pajamas and still pay the bills.
I just helped a retiree with his taxes. He had approx. $50,000 in total 2018 income. It all came from SS, Interest income and IRA distributions.
He owns his home clear and free and has more than subtantial assets remaining in his IRA accounts.
The total he paid in combined Fed and state taxes was a little less than $1,000. That is 2% of his total income.
I just helped my young neice with her taxes. Her total income for 2018 was $17,000 and it was all "earned income".
She paid a total of $1,200 in combined Fed an State taxes ( 7% of her total income)
But she also paid $1,300 into the mandated SS/Medicare fund. ( 7.6%)
So in total she paid $2,500 - (14.6% of her total income).
Disclaimer: I really don't like helping people with their taxes. but happenstance has temporarily put me in that position. I shall extricate myself ASAP.
Interesting. Such an iron fist measure could also possibly reduce or eliminate the deficit. I'm no economist, but if people were fined, say, $100 for each illegal pound, then $100 X ( number of illegal tons ) would equal quite a sum. A further incentive for losing pounds would be the cash rewards being offered by Health providers ( I know of a least one ) to customers who lose weight and do other activities to improve their health. Of course these weight mandates would impact the food industry, and a heads up before they were implemented would allow people to shed food industry stocks before they spiral downwards.