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A critically thinking curmudgeon whose goal, in addition to creatively venting about the imperfect world in which we live, is to induce critical thinking in others. The ultimate goal is to help bring about a peaceful world in which we can all live in freedom.

Monday, April 17, 2006

Random Thoughts on Tax Day

For the past couple of years it’s been customary for me to issue a Tax Day rant focusing on slavery, freedom, oppression, yadda-yadda-yadda. Since I’m feeling lazy this year (with just two weeks until I depart on a much-deserved, long-awaited two-week vacation), I’m just going to point you to my rant from last year. Nothing has really changed (other than the fact that our new accountant somehow miraculously managed to get us some of our stolen money back this year, after years of our having to fork over several thousand more dollars on this day), so just re-read what I wrote last year. The sentiments expressed certainly haven’t changed.

  • Are the Amerikan people really as stupid as the clown they’ve allowed to remain ensconced in the National Cathedral of Satan on Pennsylvania Avenue? Are they really going to tolerate him dragging the nation into another war, this time against a country that will fight back with everything it has? While I’m still hesitant to bet a paycheck on the affirmative, I have a gut feeling that such a wager would be very profitable if I were to win.

  • Concerning the last paragraph, will this prompt a mutiny in the armed forces? Can we expect that maybe, just once for the first time in this nation’s history, a few conscientious generals and admirals who weren’t asleep during their Constitutional Law classes at West Point, Annapolis, and Colorado Springs will stand up and do the right thing? I guess we can always dream.

  • I see that ABC TV is about to air a miniseries on the events of 9/11. I don’t think I’ll be able to tolerate sitting through two to four hours of statist propaganda without throwing a heavy object through the screen of my expensive big-screen TV. My intelligence is already insulted frequently enough by the state-controlled media during the day. To voluntarily sit through another helping of this sludge during the evening is just too much to ask.

  • Why is it that simple activities such as planning, organizing, leading, managing, and mentoring are so hard for people to grasp? Why is it that people who are in charge of Fortune 500 companies can’t seem to demonstrate a fundamental ability to execute something as simple as a social outing for friends and family (yes, I’m talking about a specific example that happened over the weekend. More to follow on this later.)? If I had to say anything positive at all about my nearly two decades of military service, it is that it reinforced in me these skills as a means of accomplishing tasks both simple and complex. It’s really just common sense, folks. Of course, you know what they say about common sense. The fact that “common sense” isn’t very common most certainly explains a great deal of the reason that every company you’ve ever worked for has been a dysfunctional mess that makes you wonder how in the world it manages to stay in business at all.

  • Nothing is more rewarding than knowing that you’re making a difference in a little child’s life. I saw a small example of this in action over the weekend at a church Easter Festival that we organized as a community outreach. Some of those little kids acted as if they had never had so much fun in their lives. It’s amazing to think that our simple little event, an afternoon of plain, clean fun for kids, could make such a difference. I hope some of the parents of these kids take note. Childhood is an all-too-brief phase of life, particularly in this day and age. Let your kids enjoy it to its fullest. Don’t force adult circumstances and decisions onto your little ones and don’t rush them into adulthood; that will come soon enough.

Well, that’s it for today. Time to get back to the salt mines. If you’ve already received your tax refund, congratulations. Spend it wisely. Better yet, invest it, preferably in precious metals or some useful capital assets. If you have to send a check to the IRS, I’ve been there more than once and feel your pain. Somehow I think this is going to be the norm for most of Amerika’s taxpayers in the years to come.