Sunday, January 2, 2011

Caveat Lectores on Universal Truths: Death and Taxes: January 2, 2011

Call me brilliant if you must. The Lector has identified two of the major contributors to stress and unhappiness in the world. Death and Taxes. It is so simple why did not someone as brilliant as I think of it before. Although each is inevitable (Or are they?), we spend a lot of effort avoiding each.

Death is easy to dispose of. Yes, we are going to die but some people spend much of their lives in denial or chasing spiritual avoidance systems that encourage them to long for an afterlife that will be better than their life on earth. It seems kinda silly to do that but…

So much for death. It’s gonna happen. When? …is the real question. I am in no hurry to find the answer. Every day for me is better than no day at all. I call it life even if it is not everlasting.

Taxes are another matter. Benjamin Franklin said, "The only things certain in life are death and taxes." He was not the only notable person who has commented on taxes:

""Tax reform means, 'Don't tax you, don't tax me. Tax that fellow behind the tree.'" -- Russell Long

“The hardest thing in the world to understand is the income tax." -- attributed to Albert Einstein

"The income tax has made more liars out of the American people than golf has." -- Will Rogers

"If Patrick Henry thought that taxation without representation was bad, he should see how bad it is with representation." -- Farmer's Almanac

"The avoidance of taxes is the only intellectual pursuit that carries any reward." -- John Maynard Keynes

"Death and taxes may be certain, but we don't have to die every year." -- Unknown

"Income tax returns are the most imaginative fiction being written today." -- Herman Wouk

We now have a body of politicians, bought and paid for by the wealthy and corporate America, who are making a serious attempt at making taxes avoidable by destroying government. The only reason for taxes is to support government. There are no taxes associated with anarchy, just misery.

They will not succeed, but you will suffer from lack of services because of their failure.


And oh yes, have a nice Day?


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