April 3, 2012
I only met one person who didn’t complain about taxes. His name was Larry Santos and he paid cheerfully and was grateful that he could afford to pay taxes. From a poor, immigrant family from Portugal, where the King was known to skin his sheep rather than shear them, (in his parents generation) he believed the philosophy that taxation without representation was oppression and tax tyranny gave birth to the American Revolution and a mighty nation.
Idealism is admirable, but he would probably be cursing with the rest of us if he was alive today. I honk every time I see a bumper sticker that says: “Throw The Bums Out.” My philosophy exactly. Throw them out and let us start over. And I know right where to throw them:
I grumble about paying my taxes, not as much about paying them as preparing for them. I have them professionally done, but the difficult process to gather and get all the varied information together plagues me. I’m numbers challenged, which is part of the travail. Today I look to the headlines, philosophers and pundits about taxation:
In the headlines on my email this morning:
Subsidized Senators Reject Call to End Big Oil Tax Breaks
December 14, 2011
I’m going to ask Mary If she wants to order one of these for our motorhome…
Ooops…cancel that. Apparently they are not available for RV’s…yet. Whew! I guess Mary is just going to have to wait.
What a world we live in!
All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2011
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