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Taxes - What Happened!

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Charlie Reese is a former columnist of the Orlando Sentinel Newspaper.

He is retiring and this is HIS LAST COLUMN.

This is about as clear and easy to understand as it can be. The article

below is completely neutral, neither anti-republican or democrat.

Charlie Reese, a retired reporter for the Orlando Sentinel, has hit the

nail directly on the head, defining clearly who it is that in the final

analysis must assume responsibility for the judgments made that impact

each one of us every day. It's a short but good read. Worth the time.

Worth remembering!

545 vs. 300,000,000 People - By Charlie Reese

Politicians are the only people in the world who create problems and

then campaign against them.

Have you ever wondered, if both the Democrats and the Republicans are

against deficits, WHY do we have deficits?

Have you ever wondered, if all the politicians are against inflation and

high taxes, WHY do we have inflation and high taxes? <clip>


This might be funny if it weren't so true.

Be sure to read all the way to the end:

Tax his land,

Tax his bed,

Tax the table,

At which he's fed.

Tax his tractor,

Tax his mule,

Teach him taxes

Are the rule.

Tax his work,

Tax his pay,

He works for

peanuts anyway!

Tax his cow,

Tax his goat,

Tax his pants,

Tax his coat.

Tax his ties,

Tax his shirt,

Tax his work,

Tax his dirt.

Tax his tobacco,

Tax his drink,

Tax him if he

Tries to think.

Tax his cigars,

Tax his beers,

If he cries

Tax his tears.

Tax his car,

Tax his gas,

Find other ways

To tax his ass.

Tax all he has

Then let him know

That you won't be done

Till he has no dough.

When he screams and hollers;

Then tax him some more,

Tax him till

He's good and sore.

Then tax his coffin,

Tax his grave,

Tax the sod in

Which he's laid...

Put these words

Upon his tomb,

'Taxes drove me

to my doom...'

When he's gone,

Do not relax,

Its time to apply

The inheritance tax.

Accounts Receivable Tax

Building Permit Tax

CDL license Tax

Cigarette Tax

Corporate Income Tax

Dog License Tax

Excise Taxes

Federal Income Tax

Federal Unemployment Tax (FUTA)

Fishing License Tax

Food License Tax

Fuel Permit Tax

Gasoline Tax (currently 44.75 cents per


Gross Receipts Tax

Hunting License Tax

Inheritance Tax

Inventory Tax

IRS Interest Charges IRS Penalties (tax

on top of tax)

Liquor Tax

Luxury Taxes

Marriage License Tax

Medicare Tax

Personal Property Tax

Property Tax

Real Estate Tax

Service Charge Tax

Social Security Tax

Road Usage Tax

Recreational Vehicle Tax

Sales Tax

School Tax

State Income Tax

State Unemployment Tax (SUTA)

Telephone Federal Excise Tax

Telephone Federal Universal Service Fee


Telephone Federal, State and Local

Surcharge Taxes

Telephone Minimum Usage Surcharge Tax

Telephone Recurring and Nonrecurring

Charges Tax

Telephone State and Local Tax

Telephone Usage Charge 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, & our nation was the most

prosperous in the world.

We had absolutely no national debt, had the largest middle class in the

world, and Mom stayed home to raise the kids.

What in the heck happened? Can you spell 'politicians?'

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Actually, the politicians have been around for a while. They even existed in the 1950s. The 1950s were a time of great prosperity for those countries that had not been bombed flat in WWII, though, no argument there!

The thing that really bothers me now is that with the way the global corporations shift their tax liabilities around to the lowest bidder, governments are left with putting more tax burden on individuals - and of course the very rich are doing exactly the same "shopping for tax benefits" as the global corporations do. Which leaves it up to those of us in the vanishing middle class to fund what needs to be funded (hospitals, schools, roads, etc). No answer here, but I don't want to see anyone reduced to begging on street corners for money to buy a prosthesis (trying to tie this conversation back to the topic, somehow...).


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This 'cute' story explains human behavior and what happens when people are given 'permission'. The Japan nuclear meltdowns will add to our 'genetic integrity' worries! Extortion is carried out with a lie and a smile, quite nicely!

I remember Alister Cook talk about living a 'tidy life'. Some folks have weird ideas what that means.


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Little bit of history.

In 1945, after US industry had enjoyed 3 boom years during its involvement in WW2, some industrialist (half-jokingly) said "Wouldn't it be good if we were permanently at war!"

Unfortunately, US capital took him at his word, and the country has been, largely, at war ever since.

Result: Military Spending as a percentage of your GDP has grown in each decade since the 40s. It now runs at around 50% of your annual tax bill. (JFK, the Great Man of the People, pledged to reduce it when he came to office. He didn't, needless to say).

Point being, if point is needed: if you could somehow stop your country from its demented self-appointed role as World Policeman (and stop your intelligence and military from fomenting conflict in order then to police it - neat trick), you could pay ALL those taxes listed, you could DOUBLE the amount you spend on healthcare, and still have money left over to spend on frivolities.

(I know, I know, the UK ain't blameless - I suppose we're luckier than you, as we no longer HAVE an Empire to police, even though we still act as if we do, and incidentally spend vast amounts on keeping up our Military Appearances).

Allen, bka, London (England - part of a tiny island off the coast of Europe).

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