Forward and Reply

Less poetic than the robot poem I posted an hour or so ago, but here’s an email exchange from today. Answering chain emails is a great way to stop receiving them. Most recent first, as those things tend to go.
Re: Taxes and then some.
I like the “how much is a billion” exercise, but the antitax thing is silly. 100 years ago there were less taxes, for sure – but there was also no welfare, no health care, crazy people were locked up to die, school was rudimentary in the extreme, roads were not paved, highways didn’t exist, homes didn’t have running water or electricity, nobody got preventive medicine, parks were only for whites, it was legal to beat your kids or for a man to rape his wife, and native kids were routinely stolen from their parents, sent to schools to be abused, and beaten for speaking their own language.
And the politicians were still screwing us and lining their pockets.
If there’s a problem with politicians, we should exercise our right to get involved with political reform. The resentment of taxes is understandable when we see our money being wasted/stolen – but the anti-tax sentiment generally results in a a conservative government.
Last time we went for the “less taxes” bait in Ontario, we each got 200 bucks – and our hospitals, schools and welfare systems suffered (ie. our children, our sick, and our poor, including the disabled ie. my sister).
Government didn’t get any less expensive or offensive.
Government needs to be accountable, and we should be kicking its butt all the time. But don’t kid yourself that we shouldn’t pay taxes. When used correctly, taxes are called “sharing”.
Fwd: Taxes and then some!
  > American ditty on taxes … but same applies here …
> The next time you hear a politician use the
> word ‘billion’ in a casual manner, think about
> whether you want the ‘politicians’ spending
> YOUR tax money.
> A billion is a difficult number to comprehend,
> but one advertising agency did a good job of
> putting that figure into some perspective in
> one of its releases.
> A. A billion seconds ago it was 1959.
> B. A billion minutes ago Jesus was alive.
> C. A billion hours ago our ancestors were
> living in the Stone Age.
> D. A billion days ago no-one walked on the earth on two feet.
> E. A billion dollars ago was only 8 hours and
> 20 minutes, at the rate our government is spending it.
> While this thought is still fresh in our brain, let’s take a look at
> New Orleans . It’s amazing what you can learn with some simple
> division.
> Louisiana Senator, Mary Landrieu (D), is presently asking the Congress
> for $250 BILLION to rebuild New Orleans . Interesting number, what
> does it mean?
> A. Well, if you are one of 484,674 residents of
> New Orleans (every man, woman, child), you
> each get $516,528.
> B. Or, if you have one of the 188,251 homes in
> New Orleans, your home gets $1,329,787.
> C. Or, if you are a family of four, your family
> gets $2,066,012.
> Washington , D.C .. HELLO!!! … Are all your calculators broken??
> Tax his land,
> Tax his wage,
> Tax his bed in which he lays.
> Tax his tractor,
> Tax his mule,
> Teach him taxes is the rule.
> Tax his cow,
> Tax his goat,
> Tax his pants,
> Tax his coat.
> Tax his ties,
> Tax his shirts,
> Tax his work,
> Tax his dirt.
> Tax his tobacco,
> Tax his drink,
> Tax him if he tries to think.
> Tax his booze,
> Tax his beers,
> If he cries,
> Tax his tears.
> Tax his bills,
> Tax his gas,
> Tax his notes,
> Tax his cash.
> Tax him good and let him know
> That after taxes, he has no dough.
> If he hollers,
> Tax him more,
> Tax hi m until he’s good and sore.
> Tax his coffin,
> Tax his grave,
> Tax the sod in which he lays.
> Put these words upon his tomb,
> ‘Taxes drove me to my doom!’
> And when he’s gone,
> We won’t relax,
> We’ll still be after the inheritance TAX!!
> Accounts Receivable Tax
> Building Permit Tax
> CDL License Tax
> Cigarette Tax
> Corporate Income Tax
> Dog License Tax
> Federal Income Tax
> Federal Unemployment Tax (FUTA)
> Fishing License Tax
> Food License Tax
> Fuel Perm it Tax
> Gasoline Tax
> Hunting License Tax
> Inheritance Tax
> Inventory Tax
> IRS Interest Charges (tax on top of tax),
> IRS Penalties (tax on top of tax),
> Liquor Tax,
> Luxury Tax,
> Marriage License Tax,
> Medicare Tax,
> Property Tax,
> Real Estate Tax,
> Service charge taxes,
> Social Security Tax,
> Road Usage Tax (Truckers),
> Sales Taxes,
> Recreational Vehicle Tax,
> School Tax,
> State Income Tax,
> State Unemployment Tax (SUTA),
> Telephone Federal Excise Tax,
> Telephone Federal Universal Service Fee Tax,
> Telephone Federal, State and Lo cal Surcharge Tax,
> Telephone Minimum Usage Surcharge Tax,
> Telephone Recurring and Non-recurring Charges Tax,
> Telephone State and Local Tax,
> Telephone Usage Charge Tax,
> Utility Tax,
> Vehicle License Registration Tax,
> Vehicle Sales Tax,
> Watercraft Registration Tax,
> Well Permit Tax,
> Workers Compensation Tax.
> Not one of these taxes existed 100 years ago,
> and 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 happened? Can you spell ‘politicians!’
> And I still have to ‘press
> 1′ for English.
> I hope this goes around Canada at least 100 times
> What the heck happened?????
*There’s an interesting article in the nature of these endlessly forwarded things – read through it with an eye to figuring out what the original email was and what was added in at each iteration. I especially like the “And I still have to press 1 for English” line – reminds me of Grandpa Simpson’s “PS: I am not a crackpot!”

1 Response to “Forward and Reply”

  1. 1 marjan February 11, 2008 at 6:18 pm

    “And Mom stayed home to raise the kids.” I DO miss those good ol’ days. If only those bastard politicians weren’t forcing me to work so hard to pay their useless taxes…

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