The Dreaded April 15th Deadline Approaches!

It is that time of year again my friends. The time we all seem to feel, put’s us in a position of claiming we would rather have a root canal. Time consuming, invasion of our privacy and the most convoluted approach one can dream up for feeding the beast. What roils me most, is that it usually approximates the blessed Easter season. A damper on a beautiful time indeed. The feds seem to have more confidential information about me than my Priest and perhaps my lovely wife.

I have yet to meet someone who enjoys this. The estimates are that to comply with the existing tax system requires approximately as much time and productivity as to the manufacture of every moving vehicle in the United States annually. In simpler terms, the man hours consumed by more than one state the size of Ohio working for one full year. How is that for productivity? An abject failure. Ross Perot at least had one thing right. Send in a postcard with your gross wages. Then send in a check for 10% of these wages. Five minutes tops. Then we can get back to building airplanes and Easter egg hunts. I am in.

And the costs of compliance approximate $400 billion annually. I am sure we can all find better usage of these funds. Who is at fault? Well without a doubt it is our Congress of the last 100 years. When they realized they can dispense favors to certain groups in exchange for cash, the race was on. We pay the price for their avarice annually. Remember, when taxes began implementation 100 years ago, the top rate was 2% and only charged to the wealthy. How times have changed. I after all, am by no means wealthy. Yet I pay more tax each year then General Electric. A centi billion dollar generator of wealth. Go figure. I suppose it helps when the CEO Jeff Immelt, works for President Obama on his jobs programs. Hey Mr. President, I am free and willing to take Jeff’s position on the committee. I bet I can be more successful than he. It was worth a try. As you must know Sir, Mr. Immelt has exported some 70,000 jobs overseas as CEO of GE.But that is another matter.

I could almost accept the bill due, if it did not require so much time to comply and push paper hidden in a shoe box. As well as expense as it is costly to complete the forms properly so as to stay out of jail. Where is the ACLU when we need them. Privacy rights? Is that not your cause celeb? Now I remember. They also receive funds from the beast. Never mind.

The old economic axiom goes and I paraphrase, “If you want less of something, tax it more. If you want more of something, tax it less”. Russia is a prime example of this axiom as is most of Europe. Europe taxes the hell out of its people. Yet the people do not cough it up as they should. Witness Greece, the country of my forefathers. Almost half the nation does not bother to comply with the beast. Perhaps one of many reasons they are in the current state of financial turmoil. Back to the Bear. They learned early in their quest for freedom that confiscatory taxes lead to non compliance and a giant hole in revenues. Around 1995, they decided to go the way of Hong Kong and Singapore, two wildly successful low tax countries who continue to thrive and attract financial liquidity. They implemented a flat 15% tax. Lo and behold, compliance as well as revenue shot through the roof. Here, we turn people in to criminals. Either through evasion or political bribery. The system must change and if we had the political stones to do so, this economic engine would boom.

But that is not what this is about. It is all about political power and cronyism. We all pay far too high a price. The rich and the middle class bear the brunt. And I detest class warfare. I am for equality in the eyes of the law for all. But corporate classes, they live in a different realm. They are the biggest teet suckers and most rewarded. Witness offshore funds which some estimates take them to $5 trillion potentially and shielded from taxation. How the f.. do they get away with it? You and I can’t follow their path. Oh, that is right. I don’t have millions to donate to a campaign. Simple answer. Many rich corporations can park money overseas and evade tax. We can’t.

There is no one on the planet who understands the 90,000 odd pages of the tax code. Why do we need so many pages? We don’t. Obviously many are hurt and fewer actually benefit from this monstrosity. I have been hearing of reform for 40 years. Yet each year the complexity increases. No balls in D.C.! Just plenty of blame to go around and scapegoats made and  a fat cat Congress worthy of not much more than extorting money. Useless tools they be.
In the end, it doesn’t really matter. It will never change unfortunately and pity that. The politicians will not allow it so. Heaven forbid, they yield power to those whom they work for ie.. US. The real bosses who seem to be in an eternal slumber. I pray for the next generation as should you all.

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Here’s To The New Form Of Liberalism. Not!

I recall a time not so long ago, when we could discuss issues and topics of the day and have a genuine difference of opinion with most people still shaking hands and being comfortable with one another. You were not viewed as an enemy combatant if you said red and I said blue.

How times have changed. Witness the thrashing of former Godfather of Investigative Journalism, Bob Woodward. He of Watergate fame and a style of journalism long since passed. Also an investigative style not seen for quite some time, which has fomented into what one can call “advocacy journalism”. Another way of looking at it is the editorial page has gone to the front page. We are void of true journalism today if I am to be asked. I believe if you asked most people, they would reply that journalist are to report the news. Not inject an opinion or form of spin to achieve a goal of fulfilling a personal agenda.

In fact, speech was viewed so importantly by our Founder’s, that it is the preeminent amendment we have. There was a time when a so called “liberal”, was thought to be one of tolerance and acceptance of thoughts and ideas both believed and not. Tolerance? Good luck with that one. The media, academia and pop culture are now so skewed to one side, that the ship is about to tip over.

Back to Mr. Woodward. He is being punished and the vile commentary headed in his direction is indeed appalling. And why? Admittedly, he skewered a sacred cow. That being the current administration. His commentary about poor policy choices by the President, have literally had him banished for life. “Liar, damn liar and we hope he dies”. These are just a few of the no doubt nasty remarks you may have heard to date. And these are from journalists in the same club as Mr. Woodward. Warning to journalism majors, don’t step out of line or have an original thought. Your career will go down in flames quickly.

Free speech? Attacked by fellow journalist’s? How banal. But here it is folks and this is where we are. Fascism is in! At least in the aforementioned pop culture and especially academe. Does it surprise anyone that our highest institution of thought, Harvard University has an editorial warning any of the conservative mindset to avoid matriculating to it’s hallowed grounds. How disgusting. Or the now well known professor who has banned any news in class, if it was retrieved via Fox News. What the hell is this? Sounds fascistic to me.

And of course the threats from the White House staff heading towards Mr. Woodward. Most are being walked back as the press has not been good on the administration. But their are many more. Recall Sheryl Attkison of CBS News. She was called every name in the book and also threatened over a less than slobbering piece on the administration over the Fast and Furious debacle. Many others are beginning to come forth with a preponderance of them being women. It appears this administration deems it acceptable to call a women the dreaded “C” word. It must be common parlance in the big house. Yet I hear no outrage from the NOW group over this. Surprise surprise.

You go along to get along. Or you will be banished and have your career placed in jeopardy. Sounds like a tougher version of the Nixon enemies list. Or as I prefer to call it, intimidation of the highest order. We should all be outraged. And for the yellow bellies defending the administration I say shame on you all.
Being blinded by ideology seems to be some form of mental disorder. People will throw away all principles on it’s behalf. As too the professional journalists, seeing Woodward and Attkison attacked in such a fashion should wake you up. Unless your agenda is other than to provide news. Busted!

Fascism may be a hard word, but I am gratified for the free speech this nation affords.I am sickened by the thugs and closed minded ideologues who seek to ban this. That is unless you see the world through the same lens as they. No lesser a person than a President Clinton insider, Lanny Davis is suffering from the same arrows. Poor guy said the wrong thing and was himself threatened vigorously.

Too all you second rate bullies and PC thought policemen, I say a big SHUT UP and GROW UP. Take some time off and try to find your tolerance quotient.

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