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What would Dad Say?
Well preparation is good start, because it is your money until you write the check to the US Treasury.
Choose a preparer that you trust if you don’t yourself to do it right (which I don’t.. I remind my preparer I do not look good in stripes).
Now to the use of my taxes? If you read the comic strip Mallard Fillmore, yesterday, Tax Day, he had it right. Maybe we should put some strings on our taxes: not junkits for politicans; no more pork for Congress (if they want BBQ, come to NC as we have a fine selection of Eastern style or Lexington style, stimulate our NC economy by providing jobs for the food service industry); no more bailout money for corporations (if they can afford to reward poor performances with huge bonuses, or worse yet, keeping their job, don’t use my money). People forget history (because they don’t teach it anymore) Andrew Jackson fought big banks, and won. Our country was fledgling then, and capital was needed. But not on the terms the banks imposed.
Hasn’t the AIGs held the country hostage? Does not most folks believe these companies could see what they were doing and the results slamming down at any moment? As a stockholder, oops I forgot, corporate execs get huge stock options for compensation and reward, which keeps them and their strategies from being questioned, so no need to try and vote the crooks out of the glass towers.
I have no sympathy for the auto industry either. Advantage to learn: same old input gets same old results.
As for what Congress can do with my taxes:
- fix the tax code to be fairer for all, simplify and remove so many tax credits for all;
- leave to the states what the states should do on their own (No Child Left Behind is a start);
- defend the country properly (not just overseas but our own borders, north and south);
- fix interstate commerce (infrastructure which includes bridges and Interstate highways, rail services equal to or exceeding European service and avaition navigation systems for safety in the skies;
- and drive a stake in medical costs and insurance premium increases that are driving basic medical care in this country to pre-1900 conditions. As a society in the greatest country in the world, medical care should be available and affordable for all. Why is it much smaller countries, like Sweden, Israel, Finland, with much less resources, provide this basic of care for all their citizens? If we keep as is, “a very intense and serious plague” will reduce our numbers, and very quickly.
Have a good day knowing your Congressman is looking for preservation of his employment or future lobbyist position on K Street, while you scrape for you families basic needs, housing, food all the while trying to keep your job.
Americans should be ashame of ourselves for allowing state and federal governments to put the country at risk as it has.
So pay your taxes, and don’t vote or speak up, and expect the same.
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