Tax Time Again!

God I hate this time of year!  Getting all of the paper work ready to visit with my accountant to file my taxes. It is an utter pain you know where.  Bad enough I had to work like a dog this past year, now I have to pull the entire picture together to get one more lashing reminder that it (the amount I already paid) probably wasn’t enough.  I don’t know about you, but I get by monthly, barely, seeing the dollars go inside the beltway but when the annual realization comes to bear, it is more than I can handle.  We seem to pay more and get less.  Its like buying potato chips.  You pay more each year but the bag seems to be filled with more hot air.

By the time you add up the daily taxing obligations, the extra costs for clothes, consumer goods and lets not forget the taxes when travelling.  The flight ticket, airport and surplus tax charges for the fuel, hotel rooms and city taxes associated with that hotel bill!  Sometimes the combination of travel taxes are more than the actual travel costs.  Then there is the death tax….can’t we get a break here?  Bad enough they get you when you are up and able but buried and breathless in the ground, they still are busy picking your pocket.

If I thought they knew how to spend our money, I guess it wouldn’t be so bad, but when the politicians start listing their “pork barrel” spending programs, it makes me sick.  According to a report by Collins and Aikman, the below represents some of the wise investments made by our politicians in 2010.  I don’t know about you but somehow, this does not give me confidence that my hard earned cash will make a difference and provide better health care or education to American citizens.  Regardless of the outcome from the $150,000 grant to study the Hatfield-McCoy feud, it really will not change any of our lives.  If they applied some of this money to make college education more affordable, our children may all have a chance at that brass ring without having to graduate with debts for the next 20 years.

$107,000 to study the sex life of the Japanese quail. $1.2 million to study the breeding habits of the woodchuck. $150,000 to study the Hatfield-McCoy feud. $84,000 to find out why people fall in love. $1 million to study why people don’t ride bikes to work. $19 million to examine gas emissions from cow flatulence. $144,000 to see if pigeons follow human economic laws. Funds to study the cause of rudeness on tennis courts and examine smiling patterns in bowling alleys. $219,000 to teach college students how to watch television. $2 million to construct an ancient Hawaiian canoe. $20 million for a demonstration project to build wooden bridges. $160,000 to study if you can hex an opponent by drawing an X on his chest. $800,000 for a restroom on Mt. McKinley. $100,000 to study how to avoid falling spacecraft. $16,000 to study the operation of the komungo, a Korean stringed instrument. $1 million to preserve a sewer in Trenton, NJ, as a historic monument. $6,000 for a document on Worcestershire sauce. $10,000 to study the effect of naval communications on a bull’s potency. $100,000 to research soybean-based ink. $1 million for a Seafood Consumer Center. $57,000 spent by the Executive Branch for gold-embossed playing cards on Air Force Two.

For now, I have little choice but to transfer more money over to the Federal and state governments.  Happy tax season to all and to all a big deep breath!

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