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On April 1st 1969, I was given a gift....Irene was born!!

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Last week, I mentioned it was closing in on USA's income tax deadline. Since retiring you'd think it would be a bit easier for us. But, it's still the same ol' same ol'. Especially since there are always [or seems to be] new rules, regulations, and stuff to mix up the mind. And this year, it's no different. But the word taxes. That brings up one of my favorite articles I read. It was, I believe, from the Tucson paper...which was sharing a syndicated article from somewhere in Florida. After 49 years of dedicating his life to journalism, his last column at retirement was this. It was quite a 'winded' article; long...but once you begin reading it, it'll capture your thoughts!! I think even today, it's very apropos....

I quote from the online article of Charlie Reese [no infringement intended]----

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?

You and I don’t propose a federal budget. The President does.

You and I don’t have the Constitutional authority to vote on appropriations. The House of Representatives does.

You and I don’t write the tax code, Congress does.

You and I don’t set fiscal policy, Congress does.

You and I don’t control monetary policy, the Federal Reserve Bank does.

One hundred senators, 435 congressmen, one President, and nine Supreme Court justices equates to 545 human beings out of the 300 million are directly, legally, morally, and individually responsible for the domestic problems that plague this country.

I excluded the members of the Federal Reserve Board because that problem was created by the Congress. In 1913, Congress delegated its Constitutional duty to provide a sound currency to a federally chartered, but private, central bank.

I excluded all the special interests and lobbyists for a sound reason. They have no legal authority. They have no ability to coerce a senator, a congressman, or a President to do one cotton-picking thing. I don’t care if they offer a politician $1 million dollars in cash. The politician has the power to accept or reject it. No matter what the lobbyist promises, it is the legislator’s responsibility to determine how he votes.

Those 545 human beings spend much of their energy convincing you that what they did is not their fault. They cooperate in this common con regardless of party.

What separates a politician from a normal human being is an excessive amount of gall. No normal human being would have the gall of a Speaker, who stood up and criticized the President for creating deficits….. The President can only propose a budget. He cannot force the Congress to accept it.

The Constitution, which is the supreme law of the land, gives sole responsibility to the House of Representatives for originating and approving appropriations and taxes. Who is the speaker of the House? Nancy Pelosi. She is the leader of the majority party. She and fellow House members, not the President, can approve any budget they want. If the President vetoes it, they can pass it over his veto if they agree to.

It seems inconceivable to me that a nation of 300 million cannot replace 545 people who stand convicted — by present facts — of incompetence and irresponsibility. I can’t think of a single domestic problem that is not traceable directly to those 545 people. When you fully grasp the plain truth that 545 people exercise the power of the federal government, then it must follow that what exists is what they want to exist.

If the tax code is unfair, it’s because they want it unfair.

If the budget is in the red, it’s because they want it in the red ..

If the Army & Marines are in Iraq and Afghanistan it’s because they want them in Iraq and Afghanistan…

If they do not receive social security but are on an elite retirement plan not available to the people, it’s because they want it that way.

There are no insoluble government problems.

Do not let these 545 people shift the blame to bureaucrats, whom they hire and whose jobs they can abolish; to lobbyists, whose gifts and advice they can reject; to regulators, to whom they give the power to regulate and from whom they can take this power. Above all, do not let them con you into the belief that there exists disembodied mystical forces like “the economy,” “inflation,” or “politics” that prevent them from doing what they take an oath to do.

Those 545 people, and they alone, are responsible.

They, and they alone, have the power..

They, and they alone, should be held accountable by the people who are their bosses.

Provided the voters have the gumption to manage their own employees…

We should vote all of them out of office and clean up their mess!

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

What you do with this article now that you have read it……… Is up to you.
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 gallon)
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 Tax
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

STILL THINK THIS IS FUNNY? 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 hell happened? Can you spell ‘politicians?’

"Your Tax Dollars" Graphic borrowed from Google Search & Freakin'News



  1. Anonymous4/01/2011

    Hau'oli La Hanau to Irene :) F'n politicians. It just disgusts me. Sad what has happened in such a few short years. Let's see in that same time period how much of a percentage of a raise to you think they have gotten compared to the average worker hmmm? I bet it would be fascinating and make us wanna just get rid of them all. Well I already do. Term Limits I say :)

  2. You were right, Anni! I couldn't stop reading this because it's all TRUE!!! I don't talk politics, don't like'em. I have better things to do, like try and see and do as much as I can while I enjoy what little time I have left here and how the hell I'm going to pay the tax for enjoying it! LOL! :)
    Happy Friday!
    Debbie's Travels

  3. Annie! You hit the nail on the head!! I long for simpler times, while knowing it will never be again!! People were human beings and you did not have to watch your back. If you made a buck honeslty you did not worry if someone was trying to take it from you! Lordy these days in America wear me out! But I would not want to live anywhere else!

  4. Anni, you're a hoot.
    Mama Bear

  5. Our DD2 (Claudia) was born on April 1, 1987!

  6. Happy Birthday to Irene! I loved the Charlie Reese piece - so true!

  7. Hi Anni ... another April 1st birthday! Happy Birthday to your baby girl. Hey, I love your post today, Anni, I'm going to put the link to it on my FB page; lets see if you get a bunch more hits today. It is long, but so well done. Thanks for sharing it!

    Have a great weekend,

    Kathy M.

  8. Happy Birthday Irene!!!!
    This was a very 'taxing' post.LOL
    Hugs Madi and Mom

  9. Happy Birthday Irene!

  10. Happy belated Birthday to Irene:-) I hope she had a wonderful birthday!!

    That article about taxes is so true, isn't it! No wonder people keep saying we are being taxed to death!! Pretty soon it's going to cost more for the taxes than the product itself. Who in the heck invented politicians anyway?? lol xoxo