Tuesday, April 15, 2008

A Necessary Evil

Yes, it is officially tax day. To be frank this means very little to me on any given year simply because I know it has to be done so I get it done early. Here is what Glenn Beck had to say (and believe me when I tell you that I love this) about this annual necessary evil exercise that we all participate in,

"It's the day we hope and pray to regain ownership of a small percentage of our own money that was taken from us, and that somehow makes us happy. Not surprisingly, only the threat of prison convinces us to continue to participate."

Could that statement be any more accurate??? He went on to say (and I do think this is note worthy).."that Republicans say they will cut taxes for everyone and occasionally they do it. Of course, they don't combine that with a cut in spending, so it's like they stop punching you with their left hand and continue with their right.

Democrats don't even bother to hide their love for spending -- at least not well. They just say all those lucky rich people and evil companies will pay the bills.

However, I'm a little unsure which approach is better. Democrats burst through the front door of our convenience store with a gun and tell us to empty the contents of our cash register into their little bag with the dollar signs on it.

Republicans walk through the store and smile at us while shoplifting furiously when we turn our backs. When we catch them on surveillance cameras, they just claim they learned their lesson and won't do it next time. Either way I'm being ripped off, and both parties seem to have the attitude that we should be lucky they graced the store with their presence."

BAM! How you like him now?! Great insight. Great analogy. He then proceeds by contending that this is the day that everyone regardless of which side of the fence you stand can agree with Ronald Reagan who said, "High taxes and excess spending growth created our present economic mess. More of the same will not cure the hardship, anxiety and discouragement it has imposed on the American people."

While I am not a RR fan I do think he made a valid point to which for whatever variety of reasons is not heeded as our country continues to unempower itself at it's own hand.

The last point that I will cite as highlighted by Glenn is another quote from another President that again we can all agree to on this day. John F. Kennedy said, "I see no magic in tax dollars which are sent to Washington and then returned. I abhor the waste and incompetence of large-scale federal bureaucracies...."

What is interesting is that taxes become so 'normal' that most of the time it's just easier to go through the motions and not really think about it, knowing that it just HAS to be done. His arguement is actually in support of Corporate tax cuts. I'm sure everyone is dying to read the entire piece he put on this subject! Click here to further enlighten your mind!

Other wise you can click here to determine how smart you just may not be! I've already memorized the answers. Does that make me smart?! No, I still live in this country and jump through the same hoops that continue to drag us down and leave us 44 slots behind Borat's home country!!

On the B Side: I am grateful for smart people. Period.

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