“Don’t Worry Be Happy” Bobby McFerrin
Yesterday I had one those days again. You know, one of those “bluesy, should have stayed at home days.” Yeah, try as I might I just couldn’t seem to shake that melancholy feeling. Actually, it had started the night before when I sat down to do my taxes. I’d been putting it off for awhile, but with April rapidly approaching I figured I better get to it. I already knew we were going to wind up on the wrong side of the IRS so I’d been in no hurry to get it done. And boy was I right! Last year we actually got a small return but this year we owe both the IRS and the Franchise Tax Board! Well, that’s what happens when you make a little extra money, you get bumped up into a higher tax bracket! That coupled with fewer deductions and suddenly you owe the IRS! So now we’ve got to come up with a fair amount of money by April 17. Wait, did I say a fair amount? What I really meant was an UNFAIR amount!
Yeah, I really had taxes on the brain yesterday. I had really thought that by this time in my life money would be a non-issue, not that I would be wealthy or anything, but simply that money matters wouldn’t be anything to be concerned about, but of course that didn’t happen. Here I am at 60 dreaming of retiring in a few years, trying to work a plan to make retirement a reality, then Boom, the economy takes a dump and suddenly we’re paying more for everything, from the food we eat to gasoline, making it harder and harder to work the plan. Then, of course, there are always those unexpected costs that seem to catch us off guard, you know, the car repairs, appliance meltdowns, home repairs, any number of things, including state and federal tax payments.So with money matters weighing heavily on my mind, it made for just “one of those days.”
Now don’t misunderstand, it’s not that I’m worried about coming up with the money to pay my tax bill, that’s not the problem, I can do that.What really bugs me is that I have to pay it at all and I don’t want to! Hell, Uncle Sam gets a big enough portion of my check already without me having to tack on any extra! It just doesn’t seem fair!
It’s incredibly frustrating to me that millions of working Americans are paying our fair share of taxes to help keep this country afloat, while idiot politicians in Washington DC recklessly spend our money on needless projects. These self-righteous SOB’s don’t have a clue! They’re not only wasting taxpayers hard earned money but stealing trillions of dollars from future generations, creating the largest debt in the history of our nation and my tax payment does nothing to bring down that debt. What it does do is diminish my ability to save and my spending power!
I have to tell you, I’m fed up with all the self-serving Democrat and Republican politicians and all their bull shit! They cut and chop away at social programs and education, the things that once made our country great. Telling us to tighten our belts and make sacrifices for the good of our country, while large, deep pocket corporations who own them, continue growing fat! Our country is going broke and we’re supposed to reduce our living standard to pay for their greed. I don’t think so!
While you and I cut back on our spending and are asked to do more than our fair share, corporations like B of A, General Electric, Boeing, and Citicorp. enjoy millions of dollar in profits while paying little or no federal income or corporate income tax! In fact, 2/3’s of American corporations pay no federal income tax! Add to that the 1470 millionaires in the U.S. who paid no federal income taxes and you can see why I’m more than a bit perturbed! Everybody should be made to play by the same set of rules, no exceptions. We should all be doing our part. But that’s not ever going to happen as long as greed is alive and thriving in the good old USA.
I tell you, somethings got to give and soon! Things are not getting any better for most Americans and we’re getting sick and tired of the political rhetoric! Politicians best see the handwriting on the wall, their political futures are at stake. Politicians are elected officials, they are supposed to represent us, the many, not the chosen few. The climate is right for change, the time is now! We, the people, are fed up and we cant take much more of this crap. The American people united and revolted once before and were victorious! Perhaps the time has come to do it again!