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15 April 2005 @ 09:32 am
Random Tax-Day Thought  
Recently I was listening to the radio, and some Federal bureaucrat was talking about the estate tax, and why it couldn't be repealed. He honked something about, "You're talking about billions of dollars that the federal government needs, and you're wanting to take it away! I don't think that's very fair, do you?"

The mental image that immedately came to mind was an overweight, spoiled kid getting told by the local funeral director that he can't barge in during wakes to snag hors d'ourves anymore.

Behold, our federal government!
Current Mood: Taxed
B-Rock The Islamic Shock Hussein SuperAllah Obama: State of Unionbrianblackberry on April 15th, 2005 02:50 pm (UTC)
Bah! They don't need it, I bet you or I could easily find billions of dollars worth of programs the federal government spends on that could easily be tossed in the dustbin of stupidty.
gypsypetgypsypet on April 15th, 2005 03:04 pm (UTC)
I just woke up this morning to discover that my state legislature has decided that I apparantly don't need to have any abortion rights anymore, so now probably isn't the best time to engage me in issues of political stupidity and rudeness ::grumps into her coffee::
Linnaeus: brianlinnaeus on April 15th, 2005 03:42 pm (UTC)
Agreed, that's a pretty stupid way for the guy to put it, and I'm sure there's a lot of waste in government, but there are a lot of things that even the advocates of small government expect the government to do. When a politician comes up with a nasty sounding name for a tax, like the "death tax", and pushes for repealing it without coming up with what spending is going to get cut or who else is going to have to get soaked to make up for the lost revenue, that's when my bullshit alarm starts going off...
Brendan: Brazil Phone Madnessroho on April 15th, 2005 03:58 pm (UTC)
Mine may need calibrating; my bullshit alarm starts going off whenever a politician or bureaucrat starts talking ;) And yeah, as I referenced in your journal, while I'd love to see a tax cut, I don't want it going through without an accounting for what spending's going to be cut. Otherwise, it's just sleight-of-hand.
Araquan Skytraceraraquan on April 15th, 2005 04:44 pm (UTC)
Well, I dunno. In light of the current administration's tendancy toward tax-cutting and spend-increasing, maybe he's right. Heh. };P
muffinmaneric on April 15th, 2005 05:27 pm (UTC)
That's the best analogy ever. ;)
Gatcatgatcat on April 15th, 2005 08:03 pm (UTC)
TuftEarstuftears on April 15th, 2005 08:52 pm (UTC)
*nods wisely* He's just enforcing the old dictum, 'You can't take it with you.'
Fiskfiskblack on April 16th, 2005 07:12 am (UTC)
Hey, the next time they raise taxes just say "This is money that I need and you're just wanting to take it away. That's not very fair!" and see how long it keeps you out of prison.

Jay Naylor