"But maddest of all: to see life as it is...and not as it should be." ~ Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, " The Ingenious Hidalgo Don Quixote de la Mancha"
A TAXING READ
Accounts Receivable Tax, Building Permit Tax, Capital Gains Tax, CDL license Tax, Cigarette Tax, Corporate Income Tax, Court Fines (indirect taxes), Dog License Tax, Federal Income Tax, Federal Unemployment Tax (FUTA), Fishing License Tax, Food License Tax, Fuel permit tax, Gasoline Tax (42 cents per gallon), Hunting License Tax, Inheritance Tax Interest expense (tax on the money), Inventory tax IRS Interest Charges (tax on top of tax), IRS Penalties (tax on top of tax), Liquor Tax, Local Income Tax, Luxury Taxes, Marriage License Tax, Medicare Tax, Property Tax, Real Estate Tax, Septic Permit Tax, Service Charge Taxes, Social Security Tax, Road Usage Taxes (Truckers), Sales Taxes, Recreational Vehicle Tax, Road Toll Booth Taxes, School Tax, State Income Tax, State Unemployment Tax (SUTA), Telephone federal excise tax, Telephone federal universal service fee tax, Telephone federal, state and local surcharge taxes, Telephone minimum usage surcharge tax, Telephone recurring and non-recurring charges tax. Telephone state and local tax, Telephone usage charge tax, Traffic Fines (indirect taxation), Trailer Registration Tax, Utility Taxes, Vehicle License Registration Tax, Vehicle Sales Tax, Watercraft Registration Tax, Well Permit Tax, Workers Compensation Tax…
Not one of these taxes existed 100 years ago and our nation was the most prosperous in the world with absolutely no national debt and the largest middle class in the world -- and Mom stayed home to raise the kids.
As Fred Willard says, "Wha' hoppen'd?"
But the government can do no wrong, because, citing Gore Vidal. "He has oft stated that if one really reads the Constitution, one sees clearly that in the end it is government by fiat, because at any time for any reason the president can rule by Executive Order, and under the right circumstances with the right persons in power, it will be done.
"What we are witnessing is Mussolini's wet dream come true. The ultimate corporatism is here and now, corporatism which by his own account is the true definition of his political movement, the perfect blending of big business and government for the purpose of reshaping society to enrich the power elite and enable their complete control."
"Collective fear stimulates herd instinct, and tends to produce ferocity toward those who are not regarded as members of the herd." ~ Bertrand Russell
"No More Games. No More Bombs. No More Walking. No More Fun. No More Swimming. 67. That is 17 years past 50. 17 more than I needed or wanted. Boring…. Act your old age. Relax. This won't hurt." ~ Hunter S. Thompson's suicide note
"All knowledge is connected to all other knowledge. The fun is in making the connections." ~ Paleopathologist Arthur Aufderheide in New Yorker magazine