Monday, April 17, 2006

Glorious Tax Day

Here are some quotes in honor of this most joyous of days, our revered and glorious Tax Day.

The hardest thing in the world to understand is the income tax.
Albert Einstein- German-born, U.S. physicist (1879-1955)

The current tax code is a daily mugging.
President Ronald Reagan, 9/2/85, in Missouri

"Our new Constitution is now established, and has an appearance that promises permanency; but in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes."
Benjamin Franklin 11/13/1789

"Charity is reaching into one's own pockets to assist his fellow man in need. Reaching into someone else's pocket to assist one's fellow man hardly qualifies as charity. When done privately, we deem it theft, and the individual risks jail time."
Walter Williams

"...we still find the greedy hand of government thrusting itself into every corner and crevice of industry, and grasping the spoil of the multitude. Invention is continually exercised, to furnish new pretenses for revenues and taxation. It watches prosperity as its prey and permits none to escape without tribute."
Thomas Paine, Rights of Man, 1791 (Paine is best known as the author of Common Sense)
(from The Founders' Almanac edited by Matthew Spalding. Heritage Foundation. Washington, DC. 2002.

Happy Tax Day.

Oh, joy.


At 4/17/2006 2:15 PM, Blogger AnonymousOpinion said...

Welcome Anna!

At 4/17/2006 3:55 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice Blog!!!!
Anna has some pretty cool comments!
I'll look for more to come.

At 4/17/2006 6:03 PM, Blogger Politakid said...

My favorite:

"Republicans believe every day is the Fourth of July, but the democrats believe every day is April 15."

~Ronald Reagan

At 4/19/2006 10:15 AM, Anonymous Nancy Willing said...

Kid, you are learning at the knee of the people (Reagan GOPers) who raise the debt rather than pay as they not be fooled, lulled into thinking this is a preferable means to ends.
This is not good policy.....defer the pain, Kid and you pay later.

I confess,Anna, I was the one who thought the pink was undignified for a serious blogger like yourself.....glad to see you changing the scenery.....some pink around the edges would be nice..just not that dominant, ruddy flush like the insides of a whorehouse!!

At 4/19/2006 2:39 PM, Blogger Anna Venger said...


You crack me up. I didn't think it looked like a whorehouse, but if that's how you felt, your comment about the pink and why you even cared makes more sense. I did know it was you. I wasn't offended. And coming from you the "serious blogger" is quite the compliment.

I worry too about the debt. But, I think we need to cut drastically, or probably less painfully, stop increasing all these different funds, and cut the pork.

At 4/19/2006 8:16 PM, Anonymous Nancy Willing said...

yes, but we are biting the bullet and it is not THE bullet..we are allowing an inglorious amount of cash to go to efforts supporting much boondoggle in military spending that does not seem to get touched.
Waging war and the expense of troops upkeep too boot puts funding in that end of the spectrum at maximum levels.

We see cuts to the National Park Service, and some social programs which would make a humble christian blush.

We are cuuting higher education funding and controlling the rate of student loans (not to their benefit) other words, it is a bit of a bargan with the devil to not have the "filthy rich" pony up more.

Rich in astronomical riches in unheard of amounts!!!!

No good becomes of the power wielded by such immense wealth as in increasing over the planet in a relative few hot little hands.

Democracy iteslf is being undermined by conglomerate.

At 4/20/2006 7:31 AM, Blogger Anna Venger said...


Before I commence blushing, I would need to see actual numbers. There is a game played whereby people cry, "cuts to vital programs!" that goes like this:

Vital Program A currently receives x dollars.

It is slated to have an increase in funding the following year of 1.07x or a 7% increase.

To trim the budget a bit, it will be receiving only 1.03x instead or a 3% increase.

Proponents of Vital Program A then go nuts crying, "Cuts to vital programs!" when in fact Vital Program A is still getting an increase in funding of 3%.

I'm not saying that that is the case with programs in which you are interested, just that I don't feel I have nearly enough info to comment more than this at this time.

At 4/21/2006 6:59 AM, Anonymous Nancy Willing said...

Examining the military budget is where I am hinting you can find the boondoggle.
I may come up with some links for you but it is not as if it is not published with some frequency.
If you never read anything but far-right material, you may not have a balanced perspective on spending.


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